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Shadows on Bleecker Street
Spring Street Church
100 Years of Preservation
GVSHP Members-only program: Rogers Partners Architects

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.   

Shadows on Bleecker Street
Staged readings from a book by Warren Wyss and Milton Polsky

Part of GVSHP's African American History Month Series

Monday, February 2
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
HB Playwrights Theater, 124 Bank Street (between Greenwich Street and Washington Street)

After a rare book signed  by legendary  abolitionist Frederick Douglass is stolen, Professor Jeff Gardner joins a  Bleecker Street literary  walking tour, which he feels  will enable him to recover the book—and   trap  the killer of Jeff’s  colleague, who had discovered the  Douglass book.  Along the tour, Jeff faces great dangers to  himself and family, but his resolve to persevere is heartened by the spirits represented in  the tour, including  --besides Douglas-- Tom Paine, Charlie Parker, Lenny Bruce, Margaret Sanger, and Walt Whitman. As tension mounts for Jeff in his quest, an iconic street gives up its secrets that keep suspense building for the reader.  Special bonus for those attending this book reading: select scenes in the novel’s narrative will be acted out!

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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

Spring Street Presbyterian Church
An illustrated lecture with archivist David Pultz

Part of GVSHP's African American History Month Series

Monday, February 9
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
First Presbyterian Church, 12th Street and 5th Avenue

In December 2006, construction began on the site of a former parking lot at the corner of Spring and Varick Streets. It was the beginning of the Trump Soho  46-story “condo-hotel.”  Soon after digging began, a backhoe uncovered human remains in four early 19th century burial vaults. Construction was halted and archaeologists were immediately called in to investigate.  The remains were part of the Spring Street Presbyterian Church, which had once existed at the site. Established in 1810, the Spring Street Church has a storied history as an early abolitionist congregation that accepted free African-Americans into full membership – years before slavery was abolished in New York. Join archivist David Pultz for the fascinating history of the Spring Street Church.

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

100 Years of Preservation:
A Conversation with Anthony C. Wood
Co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project

Thursday, February 19
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Third Street Music School Settlement, 235 East 11th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue

Join Anthony C. Wood, founder of the New York Preservation Archive Project and author of Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City’s Landmarks, for an intimate discussion of what led to the passage of NYC’s 1965 landmarks law, how it has affected the urban environment since, and the prognosis for preservation looking forward.

In conversation with GVSHP’s Karen Loew, Wood will illuminate the long struggle that preceded the landmark law and the forces that shaped it. As we examine the architectural losses on the way to the law and the preservation of so many remarkable buildings since, we will also evaluate the current political landscape and how preservation may evolve in the 21st century.

This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.


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

GVSHP members-only program: 
A Visit to the Studio of Rogers Partners Architects


Tuesday, February 24
6:30 - 7:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Meeting location will be provided after reservation is confirmed
Join us for this exclusive behind-the-scenes look into one of New York’s top architecture firms. GVSHP trustee and noted architect Rob Rogers invites us to visit his office for a presentation of some of the projects that his firm, Rogers Partners, has designed. With the help of scale models and other renderings, we will see a variety of completed and planned works.

You may have seen the work of Rogers Partners architects in the security barriers outside the New York Stock Exchange, or if you have visited the Hudson Park Library on Leroy Street, the SoHo Arts Library on Mulberry Street, or the Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street.

Space is extremely limited.

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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