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GVSHP ‘Greenwich Village Stories’ Book Programs
OMG!: First Presbyterian Church
Sixteenth Annual Village House Tour Benefit
Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side
East Village Community Gardens Walking Tour
Chalk Up the East Village-Lower East Side!
The Shape of Jazz to Come

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.   

Upcoming Greenwich Village Stories book events:

Symphony Space

April 23rd at 7:30pm: “Greenwich Village Stories” at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)featuring performance artist Penny Arcade, Barneys New York creative ambassador Simon Doonan, writer Dave Hill, organizer of the Village’s first Halloween parade Ralph Lee, and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi reading alongside other well-known Village residents Jane Curtin and Parker Posey as part of the Selected Shorts series to be broadcast on 130 NPR stations. Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets.

Symphony Space

April 29th at 6:00pm: Come Celebrate Your Village with contributors from Greenwich Village Stories at Three Lives & Company (154 West 10th Street at Waverly Place). Reception will feature meet and greet and signing with book contributors, including: author Lauren Belfer, Film Forum director Karen Cooper, author Tony Hiss, poet Bob Holman, Annisa restaurant owner and chef Anita Lo, author Calvin Trillin, and guitar store owner Matt Umanov.

OMG!: Churches and Synagogues of Greenwich Village
First Presbyterian Church

Monday, April 28
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
First Presbyterian Church, Parlor
West 12th Street at 5th Avenue

As First Presbyterian Church begins celebration of its 300th anniversary - and 170 years in the Village - join church archivist and historian David Pultz for a presentation of the long and colorful history of this venerable Village institution.
With humble beginnings as a Presbyterian Meeting House on Wall Street in 1719, First Presbyterian steadily grew during the Colonial period.  Known as the "Church of the Patriots," the congregation supported the America Revolution, as did its most famous pastor of the period, Rev. John Rodgers.  In the post-colonial period Rodgers supported progressive causes and organizations such as the anti-slavery Manumission Society.

As Wall Street became increasingly commercialized in the early 19th century, the church moved north in 1846 to newly developed property along Fifth Avenue between 11th and 12th streets. The decades that followed firmly established the church as an important voice within the neighborhood, featuring many talented, erudite and often controversial preachers such as the progressive and immensely popular Harry Emerson Fosdick.

Drawing upon a vast repository of the church's archival holdings, Mr. Pultz will present a narrative in rich visuals of the long and prominent place it holds within the history of New York City.

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

Sixteenth Annual Village House Tour Benefit

Sunday, May 4
1:00 - 5:30 P.M. Self-Guided Tour
5:30 - 7:30 P.M. Cocktail Reception

Click here to purchase tickets

Offering a rare glimpse into seven of Greenwich Village’s finest and most exclusive homes, the Sixteenth Annual Village House Tour Benefit is held to raise funds in support of GVSHP’s work to educate about and advocate for the distinctive character and irreplaceable architecture of our neighborhoods. Click here for more information.

Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side
A panel discussion and readings from Clayton Patterson’s book, Volume 3

Co-sponsored by the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

Part of Lower East Side History Month

Tuesday, May 13
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Sixth Street Community Center
638 East 6th Street, between Avenues B and C

Join our panel of writers and editors, including Clayton Patterson, Eddy Portnoy, Elissa Sampson, Gerri Visco, and Thomas Walker for Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side, for a discussion of the book and its contributions to the field. An essential history of the great Jewish wave of immigration to Manhattan’s Lower East Side, this 3-volume book covers art, literature, food, religion, and so much more.

Topics slated for discussion with this panel include the Stanton Street Shul, Julian Beck and The Living Theatre, Cartoon Jews, Dr. Dave, Mosaic Tattoos, and more. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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

A Walking Tour of East Village Community Gardens
co-sponsored by Green Guerillas

This program is already at capacity and we can no longer accept reservations.

Saturday, May 17
11:00 A.M.– 1:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
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. 

About Green Guerillas: Green Guerillas uses a unique mix of education, organizing and advocacy to help people cultivate community gardens, sustain grassroots groups, grow food, engage youth, and address issues critical to the future of their gardens. As community garden leaders serve their communities and act as catalysts for community change, they face organizing and organizational challenges that can be daunting. Green Guerillas helps them take on these challenges and cultivate community all year long. Green Guerillas helps garden leaders reach out to their neighbors, recruit new members, create group structures, organize events, and make important alliances with each other and with other grassroots groups in their neighborhoods.

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

Chalk Up The East Village-Lower East Side!
Part of Lower East Side History Month

This program is already at capacity and we can no longer accept reservations.

Saturday, May 24
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Meet at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 East 11th Street

In honor of Lower East Side History Month, join GVSHP staffers as we fan out into the neighborhood and literally write the history of the neighborhood on the sidewalks. We’ll visit some of the East Village’s coolest landmarks, residences, and businesses and leave a memento (in chalk) of some of what we learned.

This walking tour is one of the many events of the inaugural Lower East Side History Month, an annual celebration of the rich, diverse history of New York City’s Lower East Side. Conceived and launched by LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.

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

The Shape of Jazz to Come: Downtown Jazz in 1959 and Now
Co-sponsored by The New School for Public Engagement
Part of Lower East Side History Month

Wednesday, May 28
6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center at The New School
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

In the 1950s and 60s, the Five Spot Café (in two locations on Cooper Square) was a major nexus, not only of top-notch jazz, but also of racial integration and artistic ferment. Leonard Bernstein, James Baldwin and Norman Mailer were all in the mix alongside Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. When saxophonist Ornette Coleman and his band played for several weeks in 1959, they disrupted the scene's social status quo as well as altering the sound of jazz. What is the downtown jazz scene like today – are there any parallels?

This promises to be a fascinating conversation at the crossroads of sociology and musicology, with a performance by the Ornette Coleman Ensemble of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, directed by Jane Ira Bloom. The Ornette Coleman Ensemble features: Allison Philips, trumpet; Alex Silver, tenor saxophone; Idan Morim, guitar; Antonio Mazzei Ocampo, piano; Daniel Durst, bass; Michael Dei Cont; bass; and Carter Bales, drums.

GVSHP's Karen Loew will moderate a panel discussion with David Lee, author of The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field; Stacy Dillard, saxophonist and composer; and jazz critic Howard Mandel. Lee will also sign and sell his books.

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

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 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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