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History of The New School
Historic German Buildings of the East Village
Night Vision: The West Village at Night in the 1980's
Dwell Church in the East Village
A Walking Tour of East Village Community Gardens

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.   

What is New is Old: A History of The New School
A lecture and slideshow with Julia Foulkes, Associate Professor of History, The New School
Co-sponsored by The New School

Wednesday, July 8
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Wollman Hall at The New School, 65 West 11th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

In 1919, the New School for Social Research opened with courses in the social sciences, social work, and public affairs in New York “because it is the greatest social science laboratory in the world.” The school was not quite a university: it did not offer formal degrees. The founders thought that people would come to the school for “no other purpose than to learn.” It sought to make education relevant to the issues of the day, to remain ever new.

Nearly 100 years later, the school is now a multi-faceted university and a hub in the political, intellectual, and cultural life of New York City and Greenwich Village. Professor Foulkes investigates interdisciplinary questions about the arts, urban studies, and history in her research and teaching. She is currently chair of a new curricular area in Arts and Social Engagement at The New School.

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

Historic German Buildings of the East Village
A walking tour with GVSHP’s Ted Mineau

This program is already at capacity and we are no longer accepting reservations.

Friday, July 17
10:00 A.M. – noon
Free; reservations required
Meeting location provided after reservation is confirmed

The German immigrant community shaped what is now known as the East Village in many ways. In fact, in the late 19th and early 20th century, the area was known as “Kleine Deutschland” or Little Germany, and was one of the largest German-speaking communities in the world.  Many manifestations of that era remain in the neighborhood, and fortunately, through the efforts of GVSHP and many others, many of those buildings are now landmarked and will remain for future generations to appreciate.

This two-hour walking tour will explore some of the places that served the German community in the 1800s. Most were designed by German-born immigrant architects and served a variety of functions, from entertainment, to education, to religion.

Space is extremely limited, as walking tour groups need to be kept to safe and manageable numbers.  We will be on our feet the entire time, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately.

Night Vision: The West Village at Night in the 1980's
A lecture and slideshow with photographer Efrain Gonzalez

Tuesday, July 21
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
The Center, 208 West 13th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

Efrain John Gonzalez was born in the Bronx, raised in Long Island, and moved to Manhattan in 1975, where he dropped out of college to drive a taxi. He would drive through New York armed with an old Nikon camera and photograph the streets and the people who made the city come alive at night. In the 1980's he discovered the underground cultures and private clubs of Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District, and recorded this night culture that flourished in the dark and seedy streets, piers, clubs, and bars. His photography is a window to a past that is being erased by market forces and the passage of time. Published in the New York Times, Time Out magazine, and the Village Voice, Gonzalez has two photos in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York, and is working on a book of night photographs taken in the Meatpacking District in the 1980's.

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

OMG!: Churches and Synagogues of Greenwich Village
First Ukrainian Assembly of God: Community Center for the East Village
A history and tour with Reverend Pete Armstrong

Wednesday, July 29
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required. Click HERE to register for this program.
Dwell Church, 59 Cooper Square, at East 7th Street
[This venue is not wheelchair accessible.]

The Ukrainian community in NYC has been historically centered in the East Village.  East of 3rd Avenue you will find several shops, community centers and churches.  First Ukrainian Assembly of God is among them.  Distinct from the Orthodox church around the corner, First Ukrainian Assembly of God obtained this building in 1929, in the wake of the Great Depression.  Built as one of the first fireproof buildings in NYC in 1885, the building and the community that has moved through there has an interesting history. 

Through the decades, the church has opened its doors to the community as a coffee shop and arts venue.  There are currently five faith communities meeting in the building of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds (Russian, Jewish, Ethiopian, Asian-American and Anglo).

Join us for a tour of the building and telling of the story of its involvement with our neighborhood. Rev. Peter B. Armstrong is the Pastor of Dwell Church, (which meets at F.U.A.G.) and amateur Bowery historian.

Click HERE to register for this program.

A Walking Tour of East Village Community Gardens
Co-sponsored by L.U.N.G.S. (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens)

Saturday, August 8
11:00 A.M.– 1:00 P.M..
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program..
Meeting location provided after registration

Join us on a tour of distinct community gardens that showcase the plants, people, and cultures that make these East Village oases such a vital part of the fabric of the neighborhood. Learn about the history, maintenance, and importance of these gardens, and also meet the gardeners who make it possible to enjoy their beauty. 

Founded in 2012, Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens (LUNGS) is a membership organization uniting the remaining 46 community gardens located in the East Village and Lower East Side. The mission is to advocate on behalf of the infrastructure needs and permanence of these gardens and to promote, protect and preserve gardening and open green spaces in New York City. LUNGS has established several garden-based programs benefiting diverse activities of members of the community.

Click HERE to register for this program.

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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