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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

Capturing the Lower East Side's Storefronts:
Opening Reception for Photo & Oral History Exhibition
Monday, August 14th, 6:00.– 9:00 p.m.
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue

Experience activism and community through the lens of photographers, as they display their work from two free 2017 workshops with acclaimed photographers and award-winning authors Karla and James Murray. In two sessions at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the famed duo taught participants how to use photography and oral history to raise public awareness, build community, and encourage advocacy. Participants learned to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts and connected with proprietors through interviews. Exhibition open through September 18. Wine and light bites provided.

[This event is fully accessible.]

The Merchant’s Misfortune: The Merchant’s House Museum – A Tale of Survival
Wednesday, August 16th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue

Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House at 29 East 4th Street is the City’s only family home to have survived intact – inside and out – from the 19th century. Home to a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants for almost 100 years and open as a museum since 1936, the late-Federal and Greek Revival Merchant’s House is considered one of the finest surviving examples of domestic architecture from the period. The Merchant’s House was the first building in Manhattan designated a landmark in 1965 and now also one of only 117 interior landmarks in the city. The Landmarks Law in 1965 may have saved it from the wrecker’s ball, but not the inevitable ravages of time.

Michael Devonshire, Director of Conservation at the firm Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, which has overseen all restoration work on the building since 1990, will present a detailed restoration history of this remarkable historic house. He is also a commissioner at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Presented in partnership with the Merchants House Museum.

Free. Reservations Required.

[This event is fully accessible.]

City Council District 2 Candidates Forum
on Housing and Preservation

Thursday, August 24th, 6:30 p.m.
La MaMa, 66 East 4th Street

Free. Reservations required.

[This event is fully accessible.]

Cheese Please! Members Only Summer Tasting 
Monday, August 28, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleecker St

Join fellow GVSHP members at Murray’s Cheese for a fun night of seasonal snacks. Since 1940, Murray’s has provided Greenwich Village (and New Yorkers everywhere) with the most delectable cheese and other fine foods.  On this summer evening, you’ll enjoy the best of Murray’s summer selections, and learn a bit about what it takes to make cheese that tastes so good. Enjoy this opportunity to pick the brains of our famous Greenwich Village cheese mongers, and taste the fruits of their labor. Drinks and other light refreshments also provided.

Free for Members at the Sustainer Level ($250+) only.

Join now at the Sustainer Level, or increase your current membership, to enjoy this evening at Murray’s
! Reservations required - call 212-475-9585 x35.
[This event is not fully accessible.]

Blue Man Group and Art in the Village: a special night of theater and discussion
Sunday, September 10th, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Astor Place Theater, 434 Lafayette

Join GVSHP for a behind-the-scenes Blue Man Group experience! Enjoy the exciting Blue Man Group show from inside the impressive Colonnade Row, whose Greek Revival columns have graced Lafayette Street since 1831. Afterwards, your ticket gets you access to a special panel discussion featuring Blue Man Group Company members and neighborhood historians. Don't miss this chance to hear from the players about how Blue Man Group emerged from East Village arts scene of the 1980s, and how the show has watched the neighborhood change over the ensuing 25 years.

ABOUT BLUE MAN GROUP: Blue Man Group has been dazzling audiences at the historic Astor Place Theatre for over 25 years. With just under 300 seats, everyone becomes part of the action. The theater is located on the historic Colonnade Row and was originally constructed in 1831. Over the years Blue Man Group has become part of the fabric of the East Village neighborhood.

Special offer for GVSHP: $59 for show and panel.
Reservations Required.
[This event is not fully accessible. Visit the Astor Place Theater website for more details.]

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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