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Barney Gallant's Swinging Greenwich Village walking tour
Community Planning and Rezoning in Today’s New York
GVSHP Members Assembly
East Village Community Gardens walking tour
Tale of Four Schools
City on a Grid book talk

Please note that space is often limited. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from GVSHP regarding your reservation.

If space becomes an issue, all reservations will be honored up until the start of the program, at which point your seat may be given away to those on the wait list.   

Barney Gallant’s Swinging Greenwich Village
Walking tour

Wednesday, August 31
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

You may not know the name Barney Gallant today, but in the early 20th century he was downright famous – at least in the Village. A Latvian immigrant who arrived in America in 1903, Gallant quickly injected himself into Village culture. He was Eugene O’Neill’s first roommate and the first New Yorker prosecuted under the Volstead Act for serving booze at his restaurant on Sheridan Square. His speakeasies were legendary, ritzy affairs that served exclusive clientele including party-loving Mayor Jimmy Walker. Join Esther Crain, writer of the popular blog Ephemeral New York and author of the upcoming hardcover The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910, for a walking tour tracing the life of this Village eccentric. Stroll the historic streets of the west side as you stop at the surviving locations of Gallant speakeasies Club Gallant and Speako de Luxe, his restaurant Greenwich Village Inn, his old Sixth Avenue apartment, and other spots of swinging Village nightlife.

Free. Reservations required - click here to attend.
Meeting location provided with reservation.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

Community Planning and Rezoning in Today’s New York

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
100 Washington Square East, Room 300
NYU Department of Urban Design and Architecture Studies

In the aftermath of approval of the mayor’s revised Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) plans, community-led rezoning plans remain sidelined at City Hall. Presentations from several Manhattan neighborhood groups will highlight common challenges, shared goals and sensible approaches to development pressures. Is there a more effective model than New York’s current top-down planning? Communities which have crafted their own rezoning plans or are in the process of formalizing their visions will share their views and experience at this panel discussion. This event is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of New York City’s zoning laws. 

Free. Reservations required - click here to attend.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]

GVSHP Members Assembly:
Presentations and Q&A with GVSHP Staff and Members
Thursday, September 15, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 East 11st Street, at 2nd Avenue

What are the latest preservation battles? What are some of the most recent victories?  What new tools and resources are available for history and neighborhood buffs?  And what are some of the great programs you may have missed but can enjoy from the comfort of your home on your mobile device?  Learn more and ask questions at this event with Executive Director Andrew Berman and the entire GVSHP staff. Short presentations will be followed by light refreshments and conversation with GVSHP staff and fellow members. It all takes place at GVSHP’s lovely home at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the landmarked Ernest Flagg-designed former rectory of St. Mark’s Church.  Weather permitting, we’ll also take advantage of the beautiful private St. Mark’s west churchyard, bordering the 1799 Church.

Free, for members of GVSHP and friends only. Members are encouraged to bring a friend to learn more about GVSHP.  Reservations required. To register your attendance, contact 212-745-9585 x 35 or
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

East Village Community Gardens
Walking tour
Saturday, September  17, 11:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m.

The East Village boasts an impressive number of community gardens, and each one has its own personality and purpose. Join us on this walking tour of several distinct community gardens that showcase the plants, people, and cultures that make these East Village oases such a vital part of the neighborhood. Learn about the history, maintenance, and importance of these gardens, and also meet some of the gardeners and organizers who make it possible to enjoy their beauty. Please note this is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Co-sponsored by Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens.

Free. Reservations required - click here to attend.
Meeting location provided with reservation.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

Tale of Four Schools
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The Loisaida Center
710 E 9th Street, at Avenue C

Architect CBJ Snyder was a prolific designer of New York public school buildings, completing more than 350 schools in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A graduate of Cooper Union, Snyder had big ideas about design, too - he believed that public school buildings should be civic monuments to a better, brighter future. Snyder’s innovative buildings included progressive solutions for light, air, fireproofing, and classroom size. How can we better care for our community resources facilitate adaptive reuse, and what can we still learn from Snyder’s century-old philosophies? Professor Jean Arrington, who has researched Snyder’s work and legacy in New York, will share her insights and Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council, will moderate a discussion with stakeholders of four Snyder projects - a demolished Bronx landmark, two former Harlem schools aiming to serve as community anchors, and an East Village building with an uncertain future.

Free. Reservations required - click here to attend.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]

City on a Grid
Book talk
Tuesday, September 27, 6:30 – 8:00p.m.
Westbeth Community Room
155 Bank Street, between West Street and Washington Street

Love it or hate it, nothing says New York like the Manhattan street grid. Created in 1811 by a three-man commission, the grid brought order to a city just under two hundred years old. Until then, New York was an overgrown town at the southern tip of Manhattan, a notorious jumble of streets laid at the whim of landowners. To bring order to the chaos—and good real estate to market—the street planning commission created an ordered, geometric grid for the rest of the island. It has been called “a disaster” of urban planning and “the most courageous act of prediction in Western civilization.” But what are the true origins of the grid? Join author Gerard Koeppel as he explores the history of Manhattan’s imposing grid and the story of its creators. You’ll learn how the commissioners arrived at their plan, how irregular downtown layouts factored in, and some specific roles that Greenwich Village played in the creation and adoption of the monumental street plan. Were the commissioners prescient geniuses, or uninspired bureaucrats? You decide - but it is undeniable that their work has determined the way millions of people move through New York each day.

Free. Reservations required - click here to attend.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]

These programs are made possible in part by the generous support of: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts; City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Corey Johnson, and Margaret Chin; 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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