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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

Annual Spring House Tour Benefit

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

Past Programs

Arch Conspirators Centennial Celebration

Tuesday, January 24th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South

One hundred years ago this month, a group of Greenwich Villagers felt so alienated by the developments in the city, country, and world around them they stole into Washington Square Arch, climbed to the roof, and proclaimed Greenwich Village a free and independent republic. Sound familiar? This history-making event, precipitated by painters John Sloan and Marcel Duchamp, poet Gertrude Drick, and Provincetown Playhouse actors Alan Russell Mann, Betty Turner, and Charles Ellis was considered a dramatic turning point in the Village’s role as the center of American bohemia and avant-garde thought.

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of this bold act, join us in Judson Memorial Church’s stunning Stanford White-designed sanctuary, the same architect of the Washington Square Arch. Live music will transport you to 1917, as you and your fellow New Yorkers toast to our daring bohemian forebears. At a time when the future of inclusive environments feel a bit jeopardized, gather together for this special night of community and ceremony. The sanctuary space will be transformed into a bohemian carnival, while local Village purveyors provide the sights, sounds and tastes that continue to make the Village one of the most unique and cherished neighborhoods. A concluding lantern ceremony at the Washington Square Arch will help us commune on what the next 100 years of inclusive, diverse Village will look like.

Featuring artist Earl Hicks of Zoom Balloons and music by Moist Paula and John Speck of The GPS. Presented in partnership with Atlas Obscura.

$10 for GVSHP members/$15 for non-members.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]

LGBT Bar Crawl: Christopher Street and Beyond
Saturday, January 28th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Meeting place provided upon registration.

Get buzzed with GVSHP on LGBT history! In addition to being the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement, the Village has always been a gathering place and social spot for LGBT individuals. While the Stonewall Inn plays one of the largest roles in this history, it is not the only establishment to serve the community and help in the fight for recognition and equality. Expert tour guide Phil Desiere will take us on a trip around the west side and its watering holes to raise a glass and awareness for how each site added to the neighborhood’s reputation as a place of openness, acceptance, and resistance.

Free. Reservations required.

[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

Ours to Lose: When Squatters Become Homeowners
Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Loisaida Center, Inc., 710 East 9th Street

The Lower East Side in the 1980s and '90s was home to a revolutionary, radical squatting movement that blended urban homesteading and European-style squatting in a way never before seen in the United States. Amy Starecheski's book Ours to Lose tells the story of that movement through oral histories and personal experiences. This community of diverse Lower East Side squatters occupied abandoned city-owned buildings in the 1980s, fought to keep them for decades, and eventually undertook a long, complicated process to convert their illegal occupancy into legal cooperative ownership. Some of these buildings, built in the 1890s, were rescued from disrepair and demolition and are now an important part of the architectural and cultural fabric of the community. In this multimedia event, Starecheski uses oral histories to explore the complicated relationships involved in homesteading and squatting on the Lower East Side and throughout American history. After the talk, purchase Ours to Lose and have your copy signed by the author.

Amy Starecheski is co-director of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University. She received a PhD in cultural anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she was a Public Humanities Fellow. In 2016 she was awarded the "Will the Next Margaret Mead Please Stand Up?" Prize for public anthropological writing.

Free. Reservations required.

[This event is wheelchair accessible.]

Stoops to Conquer: The Evolution of the New York Townhouse
Tuesday, February 7th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue

New York City in the popular imagination may be defined by the skyscraper, but in reality our city's landscape is dominated by a grid plan that minced most blocks into a staggering number of narrow lots – easily bought, sold, and built upon. The development of these small individual lots produced entire neighborhoods of narrow residential buildings, making the townhouse the true vernacular architecture of the city. Join architect Richard Sammons as he traces the origins and evolution of the ever-present townhouse in New York City. Townhouses give so many historic neighborhoods their charm, but what are the weaknesses of the form? And how can modern architects and city-dwellers improve upon this classic architectural style to bring the economical, adaptable, and sustainable townhouse into the 21st century?

Reception, with cash bar, to begin at 6:00 p.m. Presentation begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

Victorian Valentines
Monday, February 13th, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fair Folks & a Goat, 97 West Houston

Join Nancy Rosin, President of the National Valentine Collectors Association, for this time-travelling presentation on the history of valentines and tokens of love. These days, the practice of sending valentines is most often relegated to children's classrooms. But throughout history, adults have used beautiful, sentimental, and intricate paper goods to show their affection, love, or friendship. For Victorian New Yorkers, it was a way of life. Many of these expressions of love were designed and printed right here in New York City, and the history of valentines has an unexpected life that weaves religion, mourning, love, and culture. Nancy will discuss the fascinating early history of valentines and show off pieces from her fabulous collection from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. During the event, enjoy coffee and tea courtesy of Fair Folks & a Goat, plus a cash bar.

Nancy Rosin has devoted more than forty years to the study of the evolution of the Valentine and Expressions of Love. She writes extensively, and has shared her collection with organizations including St. Bride's Library (London), the American Museum of Folk Art (NYC), and Green-Wood in Brooklyn. Her collection has been featured on Martha Stewart Living, CBS Sunday Morning, and the History Channel. Nancy Rosin is President of the National Valentine Collectors Association and President Emerita of The Ephemera Society of America. Her personal website, is a resource for every romantic.

Free. Reservations required.

[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

Inventing Downtown:
Artist Run Galleries, 1952 - 1965

Thursday, February 23th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Grey Art Gallery
NYU, 100 Washington Square East

GVSHP members will enjoy a private, after-hours tour of this brand new exhibition, led by the Grey Gallery's chief docent. Between the apex of Abstract Expressionism and the rise of Pop Art and Minimalism, the New York art scene was transformed by artist-run galleries. Inventing Downtown presents works from fourteen of these crucibles of experimentation, highlighting artists' efforts to create new exhibition venues for innovative works of art—ranging from abstract and figurative painting, assemblage, sculpture, and works on paper to groundbreaking installations and performances.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition "Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965," on view at the Grey Art Gallery, NYU, January 10 - April 1, 2017.

Free, for members of GVSHP only. Contact 212-475-9585 x35 or to reserve.
[This event is not 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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