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HB Studio Playwrights Theatre
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Walking Tour of NoHo
Preserving History on Bleecker Street


Special Concert: A Night With The Andy Statman Trio at the Historic
Eldridge Street Synagogue


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.   




The HB Playwrights Theatre: A West Village Haven for Theater
A lecture with dramatic readings

Thursday, September 10
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program.
HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank Street, between Greenwich Street and Washington Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

The HB Studio was already a thriving fixture in New York City’s cultural landscape when in 1965 founders Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen realized their dream of establishing a theater. From his work on the film Cleopatra, Berghof earned the money to purchase the one-story garage they would convert to a 73-seat performance space.

For 50 years HB has presented productions, readings, panels, talks, and other theatrical events in this West Village gem.  Now in its 70th year, HB Studio continues to provide a nurturing space for theater artists to work and practice, free from pressures related to commercial success.

Join us for a talk by Alan Pally about the history of HB and its theater, with short readings by HB notables Fritz Weaver and Rochelle Oliver from a few of the many plays performed there.

Click HERE to register for this program.

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Greenwich Village and Beyond
A lecture and slideshow

Wednesday, September 16
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program.
Hudson Park Library
66 Leroy Street, between 7th Avenue South and Hudson Street
[This venue is not wheelchair accessible.]

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), recipient of the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, was a daring, versatile writer whose work includes poetry, plays, essays, short stories, songs, and a libretto to an opera that premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  Writing poems about social equality and personal freedom, Millay brought new hope to a generation of youth disillusioned by the social and political upheaval of the First World War.  Her free-spirited life in the early 1920s in Greenwich Village, where her suitors included Edmund Wilson, John Dos Passos and other literary names of the day, is well- documented by historians.  Yet her poetry adds a more vibrant personal dimension to the era’s social history by illuminating the Bohemian lifestyle she and her friends enjoyed.

Join us to meet Holly Peppe, Millay’s Literary Executor and Mark O’Berski, Vice President of the Millay Society, who will present an illustrated talk about Millay’s life and career from her early days in the Village to her country life at Steepletop in Austerlitz, NY, where her house and gardens are now open for visitors. Dr. Peppe, who edited the Penguin and Harper’s editions of Millay’s poems, will also share stories about her friendship with the poet’s sister and include selected readings from the poet’s work.

Steepletop is an easy day trip from NYC and travel information will be provided.

Click HERE to register for this program.

A Walking Tour of the NoHo Historic District
Co-sponsored by Merchant’s House Museum

These tours are already at capacity and we are no longer accepting reservations.

Monday, September 21
Free; reservations required
Meeting location provided after registration is confirmed

On September 21, 1965, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held its inaugural meeting following the passage of the Landmarks Law in April. At that meeting, the 1832 Merchant's House was designated the first landmark in the borough of Manhattan. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the meeting, the Merchant's House and GVSHP will give walking tours of 19th century landmark treasures of the NoHo Historic District. 

On this 90-minute walking tour of the NoHo Historic District, we will see eleven buildings designated as individual landmarks. In 1832, when the Merchant's House was built, elegant Greek-Revival row houses of red brick and white marble flanked the tree-lined streets of this fashionable residential enclave. At mid-century, cast iron made its first appearance and commercial buildings and factories came to dominate the area. By century's end, Louis Sullivan's 12-story steel-framed office building was scraping the sky on Bleecker Street.

We will be outdoors and on our feet the entire time, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly.



Preserving History on Bleecker Street
A visit to Carroll Place, the former home of Kenny’s Castaways

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

Tuesday, September 29
6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker Street, between Sullivan and Thompson Streets
[This venue is not wheelchair accessible.]

When the owners of Carroll Place (the original 1830s name for this section of Bleecker Street) began renovating the space for their new restaurant, they were astounded to find artifacts from the early 1830s buried under the basement. They knew that this location had been the legendary music venue Kenny’s Castaways from 1976 to 2012, but there is much more history in this building.

Historian and ‘digger’ Scott Jordan was brought in. Glass bottles, personal items, and earthenware were excavated and are now on display. Wood beams have been creatively re-used as an outstanding example of adaptive re-use.

Carroll Place owner Sergio Riva and Scott Jordan will take us on a tour of this historic location and present a talk about the amazing discoveries and the importance of saving our history.



A Night With The Andy Statman Trio at the Historic Eldridge Street Synagogue

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.




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