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Tompkins Square Park:  From Bouwerie to Greenmarket
My Great Great Aunt Rose of the Lower East Side
Footprints in New York
Members-only program Morris-Jumel Mansion

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.   

Tompkins Square Park:  From Bouwerie to Greenmarket
A pop-up exhibit

Sunday, September 28 and Sunday, October 5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket, at Avenue A and East 7th Street; Free

Join the East Village Parks Conservancy, GrowNYC and GVSHP as we explore the history of Tompkins Square Park in images, from its location on the Bouwerie (or farm) of Peter Stuyvesant through today, where a vibrant market sets up shop every Sunday, selling produce, providing composting, and collecting recyclables. Images will explore the Park’s historic development, the site’s history as a place of revolt, and the Greenmarket past and present. Drop by during Greenmarket hours, peruse this pop-up exhibit, shop the bounty of the market, and enjoy some samples straight from the farms.  Representatives from GrowNYC and the GVSHP will also be available throughout the day.

The East Village Parks Conservancy is a volunteer community-based organization committed to the restoration, care and expansion of green spaces in the East Village of New York City.

GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City's quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

My Great Great Aunt Rose of the Lower East Side
A Family Story by Kate Pastor

Thursday, October 2
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Jefferson Market Library, 6th Avenue at 10th Street

“Cinderella of the Sweatshops.” “Rose of the Ghetto.” “The Socialist Socialite.”

Before Rose Pastor Stokes was so-named, she rolled stogies in an Ohio factory and wrote letters to the Jewish Daily News between and during shifts. She was hired as a reporter and moved to New York’s Lower East Side, marrying a rich philanthropist she had interviewed for a story. But this was no fairytale.

When a newspaper reported that she had been arrested, it added the word “again.” She was as stoic when being convicted of violating the Espionage Act as she had been gushing in her girlish adoration of her husband-to-be.

Kate Pastor, a Bronx-based journalist, will explore the life of this socialist, feminist activist — also known as Aunt Rose — with this lecture/slideshow.

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

A presentation by Barry Benepe

Tuesday, October 7
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Church of St. Brigid, Avenue B at East 8th Street

In 1976, planner and architect Barry Benepe co-founded the Greenmarket program in New York City with a fellow planner, Bob Lewis.  Their open air markets offered a solution to two pressing problems: regional farmers were struggling to make a living and losing farmland to development, and New York City consumers had a hard time finding good, fresh produce. 

Barry will join us to discuss the history and development of several iconic open air farmers markets in and around Greenwich Village, including the Union Square Greenmarket, Tompkins Square Greenmarket and the Saint Mark’s Church Greenmarket. 

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

Footprints in New York
with authors James and Michelle Nevius

Monday, October 13
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Washington Square Institute
41 East 11th Street between Broadway and University Place

Join authors and noted tour guides James and Michelle Nevius for a presentation on their latest book, Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers. In a talk illustrated with vintage photos and old maps, James and Michelle will focus on the stories in Footprints in New York that are connected to Greenwich Village, from Peter Stuyvesant’s bowery to Bob Dylan’s MacDougal Street.

One part history, one part urban exploration, Footprints in New York follows in the steps of such dynamic Village residents as Edgar Allan Poe, Gertrude Tredwell (of the Merchant’s House Museum), Henry James, John Reed, and many more.

The authors will take audience questions, and books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.

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

Members-only program – A visit to the Morris-Jumel Mansion

Tuesday, October 21
2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Meeting location provided after reservation is confirmed

Greenwich Village has the Washington Square Arch, but in the fall of 1776 General George Washington located his military headquarters in a mansion in present-day Washington Heights.  The Morris-Jumel Mansion was built by British Colonel Roger Morris in 1765. He and his wealthy American wife, Mary Philipse Morris, used it as a summer country house, but fled when the American Revolution began. Washington chose this property for its strategic view of lower Manhattan, the Hudson River, the Bronx, Westchester, Long Island Sound and the Harlem River.

Stephen Jumel and his wife Eliza purchased the house in 1810. Stephen Jumel died in 1832 and the following year Eliza married former Vice-President Aaron Burr. The city of New York acquired the property in 1903.

The staff of Morris-Jumel Mansion will lead us on a guided tour of the house and property.
Space is limited and there will be significant walking and standing.

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

Water Works!
A history of the New York City water supply with Gina Pollara

Tuesday, October 28
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street (Between Hudson Street and 7th Avenue South)

The early residents of Greenwich Village relied on rain water, wells, and a few fresh-water streams such as Minetta Brook for their drinking water. But the creation of the New York City municipal water supply was a turning point in the development of this great city.

Join Gina Pollara, co-editor of the book Water-Works: The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply for the fascinating story of this massive construction project that led to a reliable source of clean drinking water for New York. In particular, we will look at how this affected architecture throughout the Village – in buildings we can still see today, thanks in many cases to historic preservation.

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, Margaret Chin and Corey Johnson, 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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