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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.

GVSHP Brokers Partnership Presents: The Andy Statman Trio at the Eldridge Street Synagogue

Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Annual Spring House Tour Benefit

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

Past Programs

Village Macabre walking tour
Sunday, October 30
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Halloween season with some of the most mysterious and macabre stories in New York history — murders, hangings, explosions, famous missing persons, and specters all haunt the historic streets of Greenwich Village. Expert tour guide Joyce Gold will guide you through the autumnal scenery as you explore tales of the Village’s early 19thcentury Jewish graveyard, Newgate prison, Edgar Allan Poe’s home and inspiration for The Raven, the hangman’s house, America’s most famous missing person, and more.

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

Buried Lives in Washington Square Park
Thursday, November 3
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson Street

New York City’s history is all around us – and below us. Joan H. Geismar, Ph.D., LLC, has served as archaeological consultant on all four phases of the recent Washington Square Park reconstruction, where she’s uncovered new history and unraveled mysteries about the park’s past. Most New Yorkers know that much of the square originally served as a potter’s field, but Geismar has revealed illuminating new evidence, like the presence of a keeper’s house on the property, brick burial vaults containing centuries-old coffins, and most surprisingly, the tombstone of early immigrant James Jackson, which sparked new knowledge and investigation into the square’s original uses.  At this talk, Geismar will explore how she, through research and on-site excavation, identifies potential areas of significance, creates protocols for appropriate investigation, and uncovers elements of New York City long since buried and forgotten.

On Saturday, November 5th at 11:00am, reunite with Geismar for a casual walk through Washington Square Park, to further explore the sites of her research and excavation. Your reservation for the November 3rd talk will also serve as a reservation for this walking tour.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]
[Photo credit: New York City Parks Department]

Dawn Powell and the Village in Print
Monday, November 14th
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street

Novelist, playwright, diarist and cultural critic Dawn Powell moved in the same circles as Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, Maxwell Perkins and other 20th-century luminaries. Originally from Ohio, Powell's compelling novels often focused on her adopted home of New York City, where she moved in 1918 and lived for the rest of her life. A 2012 New Yorker profile stated that "...she dove into city life with an outlander's anthropological zeal," and it is this exploration and celebration of New York life that fostered her reputation for scouring wit and social observation. Though Powell's work has been out of print in recent years, she was at the center of Village culture during her career. Join Patricia Palermo, the author of The Message of the City, a critical biography which put Powell's life and career in the historical and cultural context of New York City and Greenwich Village, to explore Powell's diaries and letters, as well as contemporaries' works. Using these primary sources, Palmero pieces together the rich city life that Powell so expertly observed and critiqued. Palmero's book will be avialable for purchase and signing after the event.

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

War in the Neighborhood:
Gentrification and Graphic Art with Seth Tobocman

Tuesday, November 15th
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The Loisaida Inc. Center, 710 E 9th St

Published in 1999, Seth Tobocman’s War in the Neighborhood remains one of the most relevant graphic novels exploring housing and community issues. Called a “masterpiece of gentrification” and “the comic book version of Rent,” War in the Neighborhood is a riveting first-hand account of radical neighborhood transformations in late 80’s and early 90’s New York.  With nuance and candor, Tobocman tells the tales of courageous communities built from rubble while exploring the moral complexities inherent in any movement, and the struggles against displacement that continue in varied forms today. To coincide with the republishing of this classic novel by Ad Asta Comix, Tobocman will lead an illustrated discussion of his experiences, his art, and how the two intersect.

Seth Tobocman co- founded the magazine World War 3 Illustrated and is the author of many graphic books including his latest, Len, A Lawyer in History, about civil rights attorney Leonard Weinglass. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, the Village Voice, The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, posters, banners, murals, patches and tattoos by people’s movements all over the world.
This event is co-sponsored by with Loisaida Inc.

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

Shopping in the Gilded Age
walking tour

Saturday, November 19th
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In her new book The Gilded Age in New York, Esther Crain, the voice behind the popular blog Ephemeral New York, tells the metamorphic story of New York during the Gilded Age. Crain pairs stunning prose with amazing, rarely seen imagery – of daily life for the rich and poor, the influx of immigrants who quadrupled the city’s population in just 40 years, new leisure sites like Coney Island and Central Park, and much more. The Ladies’ Mile and NoHo commercial districts of this time were true products of the Gilded Age – the modern department store was born in this era, as innovations in both technology and society changed the retail landscape. Ladies Mile emerged as a fashionable place for merchants to market and sell their wares with opulence, and the larger loft buildings of the neighborhood allowed ample space for commercial floors and warehousing. On this walking tour, Crain will explore the real-life sites and subjects of The Gilded Age. A walk through Ladies Mile and the NoHo Historic District will include stops at sites including A.T. Stewart’s department store at Broadway and 9th and the famed Fleischmann’s Model Vienna Bakery, operating next to Grace Church until 1905. After the tour, enjoy the beautiful sanctuary of Grace Church for a short reception and book signing with Esther.

Free. Reservations required. Meeting place will be provided upon registration.
[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.

GVSHP hosts a wide variety of public programs throughout the year.


To register for a free event, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

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