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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 Spring House Tour Benefit

Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

Past Programs





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 email to reserve.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]




The Past and Future City

with Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Thursday, March 2nd, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
St. Anthony of Padua, 155 Sullivan Street




At its most basic, historic preservation is about keeping old places in use and relevant. And lately, an urban resurgence has swept the nation, finding people all stripes migrating back into city life. These want to live somewhere that looks and feels distinctive — Miami's Art Deco district, New Orleans' French Quarter and Baltimore's districts of rowhouses all draw residents with their historic architecture.

But while this trend is a cause for celebration, it has also raised issues of access, affordability, inequality, and sustainability. In The Past and Future City, Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, describes in detail and with research, the ways that historic fabric can create thriving neighborhoods and a vibrant economy. She explains the critical importance of inclusive preservation and the ways the field has evolved to the 21st century. Join Stephanie to discuss how these tactics relate to the Village, and how figures like Jane Jacobs have shaped the movement. After the presentation, have Meeks sign your copy of the book.

Stephanie Meeks has been the president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since July 2010. Under her leadership, the National Trust has developed an ambitious strategic plan designed to refocus direct action on saving imperiled places, engage new audiences in preservation, and increase the organization’s impact by a factor of ten.

Free. Reservations required.

[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]




A Bohemian Love Affair:
Floyd Dell and Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sunday, March 5th, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue




One hundred years ago, Floyd Dell, bohemian author and editor of the radical Masses magazine, began a passionate affair with a newcomer to Greenwich Village — then-unknown “girl poet,” Edna St. Vincent Millay. In the years that followed, both Dell and Millay became symbols of early 20th-century feminism, rebellion, and literary freedom. A century later, while poring over her grandfather Floyd’s papers at Chicago’s Newberry Library, Jerri Dell discovered hundreds of handwritten letters (and an unpublished memoir) detailing Dell’s love affair with Millay. Finding him as outlandish, entertaining, and insightful as he was when she knew him fifty years before, Jerri brings her grandfather and his poet lover back to life within the pages of this book. In this multimedia presentation, Jerri will illuminate the turbulent Greenwich Village life of these two major figures, with Floyd and Edna’s own words. Historic materials, like the couple’s original letters, will also be on display.

Free. Reservations required. Books available for purchase.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]




Let Them Eat Pie!

Monday, March 13th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Once Upon a Tart, 135 Sullivan Street




In anticipation of Pi Day on 3.14, join GVSHP after hours at Once Upon a Tart for a culinary trip through time. Owner and chef Alicia Walter will demonstrate how three pies are made, while Historic Gastronomist Sarah Lohman and Walter discuss the history of pie in America, and how new waves of immigration played a role in our food customs and culture. Once Upon a Tart has been a South Village staple since 1905, when it was just one of many Italian-owned and operated shops in the neighborhood. By the mid-1900s it was Portuguese-owned, reflecting a new demographic living and working in the South Village. Walter’s pie demonstrations will reflect the history of the neighborhood and the bakery, and you’ll have a chance to try each treat. 


$10, for members of GVSHP only. Contact 212-475-9585 x35 or email to reserve.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]




Radical, Notorious Women of Washington Square
Walking Tour
Saturday, March 25th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.




Greenwich Village was home to many political, creative, and intellectual movements in New York's history, and the residences around Washington Square, especially its ambitious female population, account for much of that vitality. Throughout the years, Washington Square's environs have seen an unparalleled array of women—working class, gentry, radical, literary, academic, theatrical, convict, and immigrant - who take to the streets and their communities to fight for societal change.

Stroll the historic streets of the Village while expert guide Joyce Gold explores literary, art, and theatre iconoclasts; the salon of Mable Dodge, a center of WW I-era activism; the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and its role in the labor movement; and the suffrage movement in the Village.

Free. Reservations required. Meeting location 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.






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