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The Chintz Age
GVSHP Members-only: Jacob Riis @ MCNY
Underground Railroad
Artist Housing at Westbeth
Fiery Ladies of the Lower East Side
Contemporary Women Writers
Butchery on Bond Street

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 Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York
A book talk with author Ed Hamilton

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

Wednesday, February 10
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue near 12th Street
[This venue is not wheelchair accessible.]

In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on the clash of cultures between the old and the new New York, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the face of a rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. 

From the East Village to Hell’s Kitchen, from the Bowery to Washington Heights—Hamilton weaves a spellbinding web of urban mythology. Punks, hippies, beatniks, squatters, junkies, derelicts, and anarchists, search for meaning and a place to make their stand in dive bars, cheap diners, flophouses, and shooting galleries.

Ed Hamilton is also the author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca. Both books will be available for purchase and signing.

GVSHP Members-only program (for members at the $50 level and up)
Not a member? Join now!

Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half

A private guided tour at the Museum of the City of New York

Wednesday, February 17
2:30 – 3:30 P.M.
Free for GVSHP members at the $50 level and up; reservations required
Meeting location will be provided after registration is confirmed.
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the 20th century. His then-novel idea of using photographs of the city’s slums to illustrate the plight of impoverished residents established Riis as forerunner of modern photojournalism. Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half features photographs by Riis and his contemporaries, as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence.

GVSHP members will enjoy a private, curated guided tour of this exhibit that focuses on conditions in the Lower East Side/East Village that were photographed by Jacob Riis.

To make a reservation for this program, click here, or call 212-475-9585 x 35

Secrets of  the Underground Railroad/Greenwich Village Connections
A Lecture and Book Signing by Don Papson with remarks by Otis Kidwell Burger

Celebrating African-American History Month

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

Wednesday, February 24
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Jefferson Market Library, 6th Avenue at West 10th Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

National Anti-Slavery Standard editor Sydney Howard Gay and his Philadelphia Quaker bride Elizabeth Neall made do in two small rented rooms on 12th street in 1845. Ten years later, Gay published the story of an enslaved woman named Harriet who escaped with her child from Richmond, Virginia, to New York City on the steamer Jamestown. A black family on Sullivan Street hid and protected them from the captain. 

Between 1855 and 1856, Gay recorded the moving stories of over 200 fugitives. His unexpected transformation from slavery apologist to abolitionist, his unlikely alliance with the free black conductor, Louis Napoleon, and his never before published Record of Fugitives will be highlighted.

Don Papson is the founder the North Star Underground Railroad Museum at Ausable Chasm, New York, and is co-author of Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City, Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and the Record of Fugitives. Otis Kidwell Burger is a great-granddaughter of Sydney Howard and Elizabeth Gay. An artist, poet and author, she is a long time resident of Greenwich Village and a frequent contributor to The Villager.

The Social Geography of Village Housing in the Sixties:
Westbeth, Private Developers and Public Housing for Artists
A lecture with Jeffrey Trask

Co-Sponsored by Village Alliance and Westbeth Artists Residence Council

Thursday, March 3
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program.
Westbeth Community Room, 155 Bank Street, between West Street and Washington Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

Jeffrey Trask, Assistant Professor of History, Georgia State University, looks back at the west Village in the 1960s to ask how the once dis-invested waterfront neighborhood of run-down piers, abandoned warehouses and empty storefronts developed into the gentrified landscape of luxury lofts, architect-branded buildings, and fashionable bars, restaurants and boutiques of today. Trask looks at various proposals for housing along the waterfront, and explains how a fairly radical idea at the time of converting factories into artist lofts sparked a revolution in ideas about the arts, urban planning and private real estate development.

Professor Trask is a historian of American cultural and intellectual history with a specialization in cities and the arts. His book Things American: Art Museums and Civic Culture in the Progressive Era (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) examines a movement in the early twentieth century that put art museums at the center of the cultural politics of the Progressive Era, using museum objects as models of good design to influence the physical environment of cities. His current research looks at the history of industrial aesthetics, examining the relationship between industry and labor, reformers and working-class families and the architects and engineers who developed landscapes of industrial capitalism. “’The Loft Cause’ or ‘Bohemia Gone Bourgeois’? Artist Housing and Private Development in Greenwich Village”  (Journal of Urban History, 2015) examines the history of the Westbeth Arts Center – the first large-scale institutional conversion of industrial spaces into artist lofts.

Click HERE to register for this program.

Fiery Ladies: Radical Women of the Lower East Side
A panel discussion with Elissa Sampson, Joyce Mendelsohn, and Kate Pastor

Co-Sponsored by Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

Tuesday, March 15
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program.
Sixth Street Community Center, 638 East 6th Street,
between Avenue B and Avenue C
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

The lives and actions of Lillian Wald, Emma Goldman, Rose Pastor Stokes, Clara Lemlich, and others will be explored in this lively panel discussion, moderated by Laurie Tobias Cohen, Executive Director of the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy. Issues such as women’s voting and reproductive rights, workers’ rights and the early labor movement, settlement houses, and political activism will be examined.

Panelists include Elissa Sampson, PhD, urban geographer and Lower East Side resident interested in how its past is actively used to create new spaces of migration, memory and heritage; Joyce Mendelsohn, author of The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited; and Kate Pastor, a freelance journalist and great grandniece of Rose Pastor Stokes.

Click HERE to register for this program.

Contemporary Writers on a Lost Greenwich Village
A discussion with authors Vivian Gornick and Sarah Schulman

Thursday, March 24
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program.
Jefferson Market Library, 6th Avenue at 10th Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

Chroniclers of an ever-changing New York City, Vivian Gornick (The Odd Woman and the City) and Sarah Schulman (The Gentrification of the Mind) join for a conversation on writing and reading New York on the occasion of the release of Schulman’s new novel, The Cosmopolitans.

Set in the Village in 1958, The Cosmopolitans harmonizes two classics, Balzac’s Cousin Bette and James Baldwin’s Another Country. The esteemed writers and cultural critics will discuss the literary Village and its many changes in the last half-century through the lens of both their current books.

Copies of Ms. Schulman's books will be available for purchase and signing.

Click HERE to register for this program.

Butchery on Bond Street
A lecture and slideshow with author Benjamin Feldman

Co-Sponsored by Merchant's House Museum

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

On the morning of January 31, 1857, Harvey Burdell's body was found on the floor of his dentistry office in his home at 31 Bond Street. His widowed ex-lover (and landlady) was accused of his murder in a case that filled the headlines. Emma Cunningham's desperate attempts to force the playboy bachelor to marry her and provide a home for her and her five children captured the attention of New Yorkers and people across America. The murder of an upper-middle class professional in his own home, coupled with the accused murderess' efforts to wreak vengeance form a tale that was infamous in its day, but now long forgotten.

Benjamin Feldman is the author of Butchery on Bond Street. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

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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