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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

East Village Political Art:
The Murals of La Lucha Continua
Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
City Lore, 56 East 1st Street 

In 1985, Eva Cockcroft, founder of Artmakers Inc., gathered 34 self-described “activist artists”  to create 26 political murals on the seven walls of four vacant buildings overlooking the La Plaza Cultural community garden (Avenue C, between East 8th & 9th Streets). Known as La Lucha Continua (The Struggle Continues), the murals addressed six themes: gentrification, police brutality, women’s issues, U.S. interventions in Latin America, apartheid in South Africa, and immigration. Today, the garden is thriving.  But while the issues that inspired La Lucha remain of deep concern, only two of the murals remain, their paint cracked and faded. Join Jane Weissman - Artmakers member, mural historian and exhibition curator - to discuss the vital role the murals have played in the community.  We’ll explore the social, political, and cultural context in which the murals were created, and look at the neighborhood today and how the issues addressed in the murals have remained and evolved. Co-sponsored by City Lore. This presentation coincides with an exhibition at The Loisaida Center celebrating the continued relevance of the La Lucha murals.

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

Walk and Draw:
An Artist’s Tour of Greenwich Village
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Artist Nick Golebiewski posts one Instagram photo each day – a quick sketch, usually something architectural he spotted while walking in his West Village neighborhood. On this fun stroll, let Nick show you the ropes as he leads you on a hunt for charming Greenwich Village details to sketch, including West Village townhouses, the Washington Square Arch, and even a trip up to the top of the Jefferson Market Clocktower. Along the way, Nick will give you sketching tips and tricks as you try your hand at the task. No artistic ability or experience necessary! Pens and pocket sketchbooks, yours to take home after the tour, generously provided by Jerry’s Palette Shop.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

Gay Greenwich Village
Walking Tour
Saturday, June 17, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

This walking tour will take you to the places where gay men and women have lived, loved, worked and partied since the late 19th century in Greenwich Village.  The Stonewall Riots that erupted in late June of 1969 announced to the world that the Village was the epicenter of gay life and gay liberation. But this was not news to the gay men and women who had called the Village home for generations. Explore the history behind a first lady’s circle of friends; a closeted multimillionaire; well-known and lesser-known artists, poets, photographers and musicians; New York City elected officials and political activists; and much more. Tour guide Phil Desiere will focus on the gay community of Greenwich Village, but the celebrated art, architecture, and culture of the neighborhood will also be explored.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event takes place entirely on city sidewalks. It is fully accessible. For detailed accessibility information, please contact 212-475-9585 x35.]

Plaque Unveiling at 27 Cooper Square
Tuesday, June 20, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
27 Cooper Square

In the 1960s, this 1845 former rooming house became a laboratory for artistic, literary and political currents, including growing activism among African-American artists. Writers LeRoi and Hettie Jones, their Yugen magazine and Totem Press, musician Archie Shepp and painter Elizabeth Murray all had homes here.  The vacant building was transformed into a vital hub of cultural life, attracting leading figures including those from the Beats and the world of jazz. It was also the childhood home of a second generation of East Village artists and thinkers.

In partnership with Two Boots Foundation, GVSHP will salute 27 Cooper Square with a plaque commemorating this important history. A short ceremony will precede the plaque’s unveiling; speakers include Hettie Jones, who still lives at 27 Cooper Square.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event takes place entirely on city sidewalks. It is fully accessible. For detailed accessibility information, please contact 212-475-9585 x35.]

Jefferson Market Garden Party
Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
70 Greenwich Avenue

Join the GVSHP Brokers Partnership on Tuesday, June 27th for a wine and cheese garden party in one of Greenwich Village's hidden treasures.

Nestled in one of New York’s busiest corners, the Jefferson Market Garden is a surprisingly peaceful oasis. Join GVSHP and the Brokers Partnership for this annual favorite and treat your senses to the beauty, colors and scents of the garden’s tranquil natural setting. Resplendent with glorious blooms throughout the seasons, the garden provides the perfect setting to enjoy wine, cheese, and live music by Bobby Lynn Quartet. Throughout the evening, Jefferson Market’s Historian Jack Intrator will give tours of the historic library.

[This event is fully accessible.]

Village Book Club: Christadora by Tim Murphy

An ambitious, time-traveling novel textured with the detail and depth of a writer who spent years reporting from the front.” – Boris Kachka, New York

Read Christadora with GVSHP’s first-ever book club! Reserve your spot in June – the only requirement is that you plan to read the book.  Emailed benchmarks will keep you on track, and as you read you’ll receive discussion notes, insights, and historic context via email from GVSHP and the author himself. Read the book with your fellow GVSHP supporters, and engage in explorations of the real-life history and inspiration for Murphy’s compelling novel. In August, a concluding event will feature a final book discussion and a Q&A with the author.

Tim Murphy’s Christadora follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine around an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a celebrated AIDS activist turned lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate. As the counterculture residents of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of our East Villagers. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and AIDS activism to the New York City of the 2020’s, Christodora brings to life the ever-changing city itself.

Free. Reservations required.
Purchase Christadora at GVSHP favorites Three Lives (154 W 10th), Bluestockings (172 Allen), The Strand (828 Broadway) or bookbook (266 Bleecker).
(Or, borrow from your local public library!)

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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