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GVSHP's 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.

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 Fall 2018 Continuing Education for Real Estate Brokers

2018 Spring House Tour Benefit

2018 Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Past Programs

Curator Tour of David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night
Thursday, August 16 at 4:00pm (please arrive by 3:45pm)
The Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street 

Enjoy a tour with one of the Whitney's Educational Fellows. This exhibition is the first major, monographic presentation of the work of David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) in over a decade. Wojnarowicz came to prominence in the East Village art world of the 1980s, actively embracing all media and forging an expansive range of work both fiercely political and highly personal. Although largely self-taught, he worked as an artist and writer to meld a sophisticated combination of found and discarded materials with an uncanny understanding of literary influences. First displayed in raw storefront galleries, his work achieved national prominence at the same moment that the AIDS epidemic was cutting down a generation of artists, himself included.
This presentation will draw upon recently-available scholarly resources and the Whitney's extensive holdings of Wojnarowicz's work. Hosted by the Whitney Museum.

This event is fully accessible  

This Program is Currently Full - Please Sign up for our Wait List.

Members Only Event ($100+ Level) –
Vintage Neon Signs of the West Village Walking Tour

Thursday, August 23 at 6:30pm
Meeting location provided with RSVP

Walking through Greenwich Village in the evening, the neon signs give the streetscape an unmistakable ambiance. These vintage neon signs have advertised businesses since the 1920's. Some have been beautifully restored; all are in perpetual danger, as are their small business homes. We will explore the signs of the West Village, where the streets and their displays are denser than in other neighborhoods, atmospherically heralding some of the most stalwart restaurants, bars, and small businesses. Our walk will take place at dusk when the signs look their best. We will learn about the signs' histories, materials, designs, origins, and futures. 
Thomas Rinaldi, our guide, is the author of New York Neon and co-author of Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape. His photos have been exhibited and published broadly, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN Online, Municipal Art Society, and more. With degrees are from Georgetown University and Columbia University, Tom has worked for the National Park Service, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, and more. He now works as an architectural designer.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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The Hunt: Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 15, 2:00pm
Meet at Washington Mews at 5th Avenue

Assemble your team and get ready to hunt and explore the heart of Greenwich Village! On this guided contest, match old photos with current locations, and discover where the past and present meet. Instructions will kick off the hunt and, when we meet back up, prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.
Urban Archive is a location-based mobile platform that holds many digital collections, including GVSHP's Historic Image Archive, which will be featured in this hunt. The app is built for discovery, and for empowering New Yorkers to learn about history where it happened.
Note: Urban Archive is only compatible with iPhone systems. As long as someone on your team has an iPhone, you're good to go! Find Urban Archive's new and improved version in the App Store.

Co-sponsored by Urban Archive and the Village Alliance

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

Architect and Innovator James Polshek in Discussion: a GVSHP Oral History
Thursday, September 20, 7:00pm
St. John's Church in the Village, 218 West 11th Street

"Architecture is a healing art. Very much in the same way that medicine is a healing art at its most idealistic." ~ James Stweart Polshek
Join us for a conversation between longtime Villager and architect James Stewart Polshek and oral historian Sarah Dziedzic, who worked with Mr. Polshek for GVSHP's Oral History Project. They will explore Polshek's life and work, focusing on his projects in Greenwich Village and the ideas and ideals of Architects and Planners for Social Responsibility.
James Stewart Polshek has lived in Greenwich Village since 1955, and his career as an architect has included buildings across the globe. His work in Greenwich Village has focused on complementing the neighborhood's historic architecture, scale, and character. Notably, he designed the Washington Court apartments, completed in 1985. He was also involved in projects for other Village landmarks. Polshek was Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation from 1972–1987. He also created and founded Architects and Planners for Social Responsibility, which works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. This event is to celebrate the release of James Polshek's GVSHP Oral History.

Learn more about GVSHP's Oral History Project here.

This event is fully accessible.

Exhibition: Walk and Draw in the Village
Saturday, September 22, 2:00pm
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St

GVSHP's community of art and architecture enthusiasts were guided by artist and Villager Nick Golebiewski for a series of three Walk and Draw tours in the Village in June, July, and August. Join us for an artist talk by Nick and a virtual tour of the Village using the drawings of sites that hold artistic, musical, and literary significance, architectural gems and Village-specific details.

This exhibit will be on view for the month of September.

Exhibit made possible by Nick Golebiewski and the Hudson Park Library, and with generous donations from Jerry's New York Central.

This event is accessible.

Illustrated Lecture: Hunting Gargoyles with John Freeman Gill
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30pm
Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave

"For years," writes The Washington Post, native New Yorker and former New York Times City Section writer John Freeman Gill has been "writing about architecture and real estate, and now ... he's embarked on a novel." Described by the Times as "marvelously evocative" and "eye-opening," The Gargoyle Hunters solves the mystery of a stunningly brazen architectural heist—the theft of an entire landmark building—that made the front page of The Times in 1974.

Gill will share the research that went into his critically acclaimed novel in an in-depth talk exploring the creation, destruction, and salvation of architectural sculpture throughout the city, including in the Greenwich Village and South Village historic districts. Learn about gargoyle hunting, and how immigrant artisans from Europe adorned the city with their imaginations, turning our streets into a wonderfully imaginative public art gallery.

This event is accessible

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The LGBTQ Village: Christopher Street Walking Tour
Celebrating LGBTQ History Month
Thursday, October 4, 5:30pm
RSVP for Meetup Location

Join us for a fun and informative LGBTQ History Walking Tour! On this tour around Greenwich Village, we will visit historic sites where revolutions began, riots were sparked, and history was made. We will see common threads within the LGBTQ generations who have lived life in New York City, sharing the stories of queer activists and the major political and social movements that have shaped the LGBTQ community over time. Sites include the historic Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park, the NYC AIDS Memorial, and the LGBT Community Center.
Our guide Michael Venturiello's interest in reading queer literature and research about the Stonewall Riots blossomed into his founding Christopher Street Tours, to make LGBTQ history accessible to all.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

Book and Art Talk: One Track Mind: Drawing the Village Subways
Tuesday, October 9, 6:30pm
The New School, Room To Be Announced

Join Philip Ashforth Coppola, Ezra Bookstein, and Jeremy Workman for an illustrated talk about Philip Ashforth Coppola's extraordinary, meticulous pen-and-ink drawings detailing the typography, terra-cotta mosaics, faiences, and tile patterns that millions of riders see every day but rarely notice.
Ezra Bookstein and Jeremy Workman have drawn from those sketches to create One-Track Mind: Drawing the New York Subway, giving readers what Hyperallergic has called "the most encyclopedic history of the art and architecture of the New York City subway system." One-Track Mind was written to serve Coppola's original goal of "bringing attention to the subway's long forgotten craftspeople. Hopefully, it can also remind New Yorker and visitor alike that there is beauty all around us."

Co-Sponsored by The New School's Adult Bachelor's Program

This event is fully accessible.

My Name is New York: Ramblin' Around Woody Guthrie's Town with Nora Guthrie
Wednesday, October 17, 7:00pm
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street

I'm the Hudson and East river's
One lost lonesome child...
Just remember, New York
Is the name I am called.

Have a close encounter with Woody Guthrie in the company of his daughter, Nora Guthrie, and granddaughter, Anna Canoni. With her book My Name is New York: Ramblin' Around Woody Guthrie's Town, Nora traces Woody's footsteps around Greenwich Village -- where he first met Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, where he wrote "This Land Is Your Land" and countless other songs, where he painted "This Machine Kills Fascists" on his guitar, raised his kids, and made American music history.
Nora Guthrie is the President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. Nora's projects, including concerts, artist collaborations, books, and more, bring Woody Guthrie's vast cultural and creative legacy to life.

This event is not fully accessible

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Caffé Cino – Off-Off Broadway and On the National Register
Celebrating LGBTQ History Month
Monday, October 22, 6:30pm
Judson Memorial Church. Enter at 239 Thompson Street

Ahead of the first anniversary of Caffé Cino's listing on the National Register of Historic Places, join Caffé Cino historian and veteran Magie Dominic, as well as Amanda Davis, Project Manager at the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and author of the National Register nomination, to celebrate and learn about this groundbreaking, pre-Stonewall café theater.
Caffé Cino, located at 31 Cornelia Street from 1958 to 1968, was the creation of Joe Cino, an openly gay Italian-American producer who is credited with starting the "Off-Off-Broadway" theater movement. Caffe Cino was the first important venue to regularly stage Off-Off-Broadway productions, was critical in the development of gay theater, and served as a place of support for gay playwrights during a time when depicting LGBT experiences on stage was illegal.

Co-sponsored by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

This event is fully accessible

GVSHP Broker's Partnership Presents: Historic Lobbies of Lower Fifth Avenue
Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm
The Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Ave

Explore the histories, architectural elements, luxury, and symmetry of lower Fifth Avenue’s historic residences with GVSHP Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann, in this slide lecture in the Salmagundi Arts Club’s historic parlor.  Lower Fifth Avenue’s apartment buildings are some of New York’s most classic pre- and post-war residences, icons of a certain style of New York living. Designed by a multitude of top-tier architects, they have remained throughout their lives some of the most sought-after places to live in Manhattan. Their lobbies, which bridge the gap between the public and the private, offer one important slice of their stories. Join us as we explore them.

Presented by the GVSHP Brokers Partnership.

This event is not fully accessible.

This event is currently full - click here to sign up for our waitlist.

Members Only ($250+): The Village at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sunday, October 28 12:30pm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street

For museum lovers and skeptics alike, join us on a tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art! 
GVSHP member Gary Steinkohl is a Metropolitan Museum-trained docent known for his engaging and insightful tours. Gary has created a lively, private, hour-long exploration of the museum specifically for GVSHP. Learn about great artworks from around the world, as well as objects, artists, and stories with specific Greenwich Village connections. This will be a museum tour like you’ve never seen before! 
Refreshments will be provided after the tour.

This event is fully accessible.

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Village Macabre Walking Tour with Joyce Gold
Monday, October 29, 6:00pm
RSVP for meetup location

Celebrate this Halloween with Manhattan historian and tour guide Joyce Gold, as she presents her walking tour through the macabre history of Greenwich Village. Uncover some of the spookiest stories in New York, including mysterious murders, famous missing persons, unexplained specters, and ghostly hauntings. Find out why there are 20,000 people buried under Washington Square Park; where Edgar Allan Poe lived and what graveyard inspired The Raven; what famous painter died the same moment his painting fell a block away; and other spine-tingling mysteries. A true Halloween treat!

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

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Thank you for not wearing fragrances at GVSHP events for the health and consideration of others.

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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