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GVSHP's tours, book talks, exhibitions, continuing education and other public programs explore and celebrate historic preservation, the history and culture of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, and New York City's built environment. Annual flagship events include the House Tour Benefit and June's Village Awards honoring the businesses, individuals, and institutions that contribute to the legendary quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

Annual Spring House Tour Benefit

Spring Comedy Night

Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

Past Programs





Radical, Notorious Women of Washington Square
Walking Tour
Saturday, March 25th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.




Greenwich Village was home to many political, creative, and intellectual movements in New York's history, and the residences around Washington Square, especially its ambitious female population, account for much of that vitality. Throughout the years, Washington Square's environs have seen an unparalleled array of women—working class, gentry, radical, literary, academic, theatrical, convict, and immigrant - who take to the streets and their communities to fight for societal change.

Stroll the historic streets of the Village while expert guide Joyce Gold explores literary, art, and theatre iconoclasts; the salon of Mable Dodge, a center of WW I-era activism; the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and its role in the labor movement; and the suffrage movement in the Village.

We're sorry, but we are no longer accepting reservations for this tour. Please see information on the members-only option below.



* By popular demand, we've added a second members-only date for this tour! Members at the $50 level and above can enjoy a second run of this walking tour on Sunday, March 26th.
Not yet a member? Join today at 212-475-9585 x35 to gain immediate access to reservations for this tour and other members-only events.*

Radical, Notorious Women of Washington Square
Walking Tour
Sunday, March 26th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.




Greenwich Village was home to many political, creative, and intellectual movements in New York's history, and the residences around Washington Square, especially its ambitious female population, account for much of that vitality. Throughout the years, Washington Square's environs have seen an unparalleled array of women—working class, gentry, radical, literary, academic, theatrical, convict, and immigrant - who take to the streets and their communities to fight for societal change.

Stroll the historic streets of the Village while expert guide Joyce Gold explores literary, art, and theatre iconoclasts; the salon of Mable Dodge, a center of WW I-era activism; the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and its role in the labor movement; and the suffrage movement in the Village.

Free. Reservations required. Meeting location provided upon registration.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]




Native New Yorkers
Walking Tour
Saturday, April 1st, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.



One might assume that New York's streets are as old as Dutch settlement, but many of the thoroughfares we use today actually began long before that. Early Dutch and English immigrants adopted many pathways that were originally carved by truly native New Yorkers, and these routes were incorporated into the more formal city plan as development spread across the island. On this extended tour, Evan Pritchard, author of Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York, will take you on a journey through the history of New York's streets from west to east. Starting in the Meatpacking District, you'll traverse the island through Greenwich Village before ending at the St. Mark's in-the-Bowery graveyard in the East Village where Peter Stuyvesant is interred. Along the way, you'll see the streets and plazas through Native American eyes and explore how New York's indigenous history influences our modern streetscapes and public spaces. Drawing upon archaeology, linguistics, and oral and written histories, this walk will link the legacy of the Lenape with Abraham Lincoln, modern luxury, and more. End the day with a casual reception at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, where you can purchase Pritchard's book. Co-sponsored by Village Alliance and with Neighborhood Preservation Center.

We're sorry, but we are unable to accept any more reservations for this tour.



Who Tells Your Story?: Women in Preservation
Thursday, April 20th, 7:00. – 9:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 18 Eldridge Street


From the Daughters of the American Revolution to Jane Jacobs to preservationists today, women have long played a prominent role in preserving our nation's history and treasures. Why? These projects require devotion, passion and nurturing – qualities often associated with women – as well as tenacity, networking and cunning. Our panelists have those qualities in spades. Join Roberta Brandes Gratz, an award-winning journalist and urban critic who founded the effort to restore the Eldridge Street Synagogue; Claudette Brady, co-founder of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation; Nancy Rankin, AIA, a principal with John G. Waite Associates, Architects; and Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation at the Preservation League of New York State who will serve as moderator. They will explore the outsized role women have played in preservation and urban planning. After, meet the speakers, mingle with preservation professionals, and get involved in a variety of preservation projects. This event is co-sponsored with the Museum at Eldridge Street, the Preservation League of New York State, and the Center for the Living City.

$14/$10 for students and seniors. Reservations required.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]



Village Comedy Night
Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00. – 9:00 p.m.
The Village Underground, 130 West 3rd Street



Join us for a special night of comedy benefitting GVSHP & The Rebecca Daniels Scholarship for Real Estate Continuing Education. Comedians who will grace the GVSHP stage have appeared on Louie, Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Join GVSHP, Villagers, and comedy lovers from across the city for a fun night that supports education and preservation awareness in the real estate community. Comedians featured will include: Chris Distefano, Paul Mecurio, Gina Brillon, Marc Gerber Jeff Leach, and more! Full lineup to come. Visit gvshp.org/comedy for more details.

$45. Reservations required.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]



Can They Build That?
Panel Discussion about the Board of Standards and Appeals
Thursday, April 27th, 6:00. – 8:00 p.m.
NYU Silver Center, Hall 300
31 Washington Place



What is the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals? What do they regulate? And what goes into their considerations of variance applications? This obscure city body holds tremendous sway over what gets built in New York City. Property owners, developers, and institutions can apply to the BSA to extend beyond zoning limitations to build bigger, taller, or for different uses. At this panel, stakeholders will discuss their experiences with the BSA, as well as current efforts to reform the system. Hear from organizations, labor representatives and residents from different communities that highlight the public need for greater transparency and access to information.

Speakers include Andrew Berman, GVSHP; Kate Wood, Landmark West!; Jonathan Hogstad, SEIU Local 32BJ; Aries De La Cruz, Coalition to Defend Woodside & Little Manila and Council Member Ben Kallos, Chair of Governmental Operations Committee. Co-sponsored with the NYU Department of Art History & Urban Design and Architecture Studies and moderated by Professor Jon Ritter.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]





GVSHP’s programs are generously funded by: the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, and Corey Johnson, and GVSHP members.






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