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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 Meeting & Village Awards

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

Past Programs



The Fortune Society's Village Roots
Monday, September 18th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Church of the Village, 201 West 13th Street



David Rothenberg is one of Greenwich Village’s most influential political activists. Originally drawn to the neighborhood's open and accepting culture, he quickly became interested in the intersections between theater and social justice. After producing a controversial play on the lives of men in prison, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, David saw how theater could be a tool for healing and rehabilitation. He founded the Fortune Society to do just that in 1967, and today the organization serves approximately 6,000 people a year, offering a staggering array of services that help the formerly incarcerated thrive as happy and healthy members of society.

David recently shared his story with GVSHP for an oral history interview, and at this live event he'll dive deeper into his history with Greenwich Village and how the neighborhood shaped his personality and fostered his professional ambitions. David will discuss with politician and activist Tom Duane, followed by a short film of David's life and a performance by Fortune Society clients that highlight the important work the organization does for thousands of New Yorkers each year. A reception will follow.

Free. Reservations required.

[This event is fully accessible.]




Native American History walking tour: From the West to East Village
Saturday, October 7th, 11am-1pm



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. Books will be available for purchase. 

Co-sponsored by the Village Alliance.

Free. Reservations required. Meeting location provided upon reservation. 

[The event takes place entirely on the sidewalk and does not enter any buildings. It is fully accessible. For more information about accessibility on this tour, contact 212-475-9585.]




Tenements, Towers, and Trash:
An Unconventional, Illustrated History

Wednesday, October 11th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Loisaida Center, Inc., 710 East 9th Street



Julia Wertz, the cartoonist behind Drinking at the Movies and The Infinite Wait, presents this illustrated discussion of her newest book, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional, Illustrated History of New York City, which is an expansion of her monthly history comics for The New Yorker. Featuring then-and-now cityscapes and lots of charming details, Wertz illustrates (literally) how the city has changed over the last 200 years, chronicles its lesser known bemusing stories, and explores abandoned and forgotten locations. True to her comedic voice, Wertz covers a variety of NYC topics with irreverence and humor. Purchase Wertz’s book at the event and have her sign your copy after the talk.

Free. Reservations required.

[This event is fully accessible.]




Lorraine Hansberry Plaque Installation

Monday, October 16th, 5pm
112 Waverly Place


Lorraine Hansberry
David Attie
c. 1960
Gelatin silver print
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
© David Attie

The first African American woman to write a play performed on Broadway, Lorraine Vivian Hansberry bought this Greenwich Village home in 1960. Already a Villager at the time, Hansberry was a staple of the progressive, creative scene in the neighborhood.  Best known for her play A Raisin in the Sun about living under racial segregation in Chicago, she was a New School graduate, a political organizer, a furtive participant in the LGBT rights struggle, and a social justice advocate. Her political engagement drew the attention and surveillance of the FBI. Although she died young, her creative spirit and activism continued to inspire her fellow Villagers and artistic peers; Hansberry even inspired Nina Simone's song “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.”

Join GVSHP on Waverly Place to mark this important site of Greenwich Village and African American culture. Guest speakers will highlight the many ways Hansberry inspired and influenced the world around her. 

Presented in partnership with The Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.

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



New York Deco with Tony Robins
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue



The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, Rockefeller Center– these are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments that, during the 1920s and ‘30s, helped create the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city’s chief architectural language. Following a massive reawakening of interest during the 1970s, New York’s Deco buildings survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity. And while Greenwich Village isn’t exactly known as a Deco mecca, not even the quaint Village could escape the popularity of this 20th-century style.

Join Tony Robins, expert tour guide and author of New York Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture, for this exploration of our Art Deco world. He’ll discuss famed skyscrapers including the Daily News, Empire State, General Electric, American Radiator, and RCA Buildings; and then trace the adaptation of this “skyscraper style” from apartment buildings on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse and airport terminals at LaGuardia to charming Deco parking garages, diners, hotels, banks, and theaters. Purchase Tony’s book at the event and have him sign your copy.

Free. Reservations required.

[This event is fully accessible.]



Members Only! Speed Levitch's Greenwich Village
Saturday, October 21st. Tours at 2pm and 4pm.



Join fellow GVSHP members for a tour experience you’ve surely never had before! Half tour, half performance, Speed’s romp through Greenwich Village will explore not only the sights and history of the neighborhood but also the philosophy, the aura, and the culture. Speed’s tour is a choreography and celebration of a neighborhood that developed more around a set of ideals than specific sites or boundaries. Experiencing the neighborhood’s streets in new and random ways, you’ll conjure the euphoric and progressive atmosphere for which Greenwich Village is so famous.

Timothy “Speed” Levitch is an actor, tour guide, speaker, author, voice actor, and Kansas City and New York City tour guide. The name “Speed” was given to him by a childhood friend and quite accurately describes his unique style as a speaker and tour guide. A New York City native, Levitch graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has Levitch has appeared in multiple films. He received his tour guide license in 1992 and has been giving tours ever since. He’s attracted  a cult following, due not only to his fast talking style but also for his obvious love of his native city and his passionate philosophical ideas.

Free for members of GVSHP only. Call 212-475-9585 x35 to reserve.

[This event is fully accessible.]



Twenty Years Later: Preserving Federal Houses
Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Hudson Park Library, 44 Leroy Street
co-sponsored by the New York Landmarks Conservancy



It was twenty years ago, in October 1997, that GVSHP first received funding from Preserve NY, a grant program of the Preservation League of NY State and the NY State Council on the Arts, to research and document the remaining Federal style (1790-1835) houses in Lower Manhattan. Ever since, preserving federal houses has been a special part of GVSHP’s mission, whether within the boundaries of our neighborhood or beyond. The years of research and advocacy since the 1997 grant yielded the landmark designation and/or State and National Register of Historic Places listing of 136 Federal style houses, including ten historic districts and thirteen individual landmarks. To mark the occasion, GVSHP has released a comprehensive report on all 136 Federal houses. Susan De Vries, now a researcher, writer, and a building historian, began the Federals research as a GVSHP intern twenty years ago and eventually expanded the project into her master’s thesis. She will be joined by current GVSHP staff members and others to discuss the long and arduous road towards trying to protect these charming and hearty survivors in the Lower Manhattan landscape. This program is co-hosted by the NYU Department of Art History & Urban Design and Architecture Studies.

Free. Reservations required.

[This event is not accessible.]






Real Estate Brokers Talent Show

Wednesday, November 1st, 6:30-8PM
The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street



Click here to purchase tickets.



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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