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Disappearing Storefronts
Community Meeting on Preserving & Protecting University
 Place/Broadway Corridors
The Art of Frederick Brosen
Dawn Powell
Members-only library walking tour
Celebrating Holidays: Immigrants to Greenwich Village

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.   

Capturing the Disappearing Storefronts of Greenwich Village and the East Village
With photographers and authors James & Karla Murray

Tuesday, December 2
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Sixth Street Community Center,
638 East 6th Street, between Avenue B and Avenue C

East Village-based photographers and authors James and Karla Murray will share photographs and interviews from their books, STORE FRONT- The Disappearing Face of New York and NEW YORK NIGHTS, presenting an intimate view of mom-and-pop small businesses in Greenwich Village and the East Village.  Their beautiful storefront images and proprietors’ stories reveal how neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.  Since they began their project in 2001, over half of their subjects are closed, and many more have been threatened with closure in recent months.

James and Karla Murray have been photographing the streets of New York for years. Their work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Historical Society and Clic Gallery, and has appeared in group shows at the New-York Historical Society. Their photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the New York Public Library, and the Brooklyn Historical Society. 

Both books will be available for purchase and signing.

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

Community Meeting on Preserving & Protecting University Place/Broadway Corridors

Thursday, December 4
6:00 P.M.
Baha’i Center
53 East 11th Street (east of University Place)
RSVP: (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email

Please join GVSHP for a public meeting we're hosting about preserving the scale and character of the University Place and Broadway corridors, and protecting them from overdevelopment.
Plans have recently been announced to replace Bowlmor Lanes at University Place and 12th Street with a 23-story, 308 ft. tall residential tower — one of the tallest buildings ever constructed in the Village (NYU's controversial "mega-dorm" erected a few years ago on 12th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues is, by contrast, about 250 ft. tall). Sadly, this speaks to the almost total lack of landmark or zoning protections for the University Place and Broadway corridors (see MAP), where the zoning allows and encourages residential, hotel, and dorm towers even taller than the one planned for the Bowlmor site.

GVSHP has been in conversation with local elected officials and community leaders about potentially proposing and pursuing zoning changes for the area and an expansion of historic district and landmark protections. Zoning changes could reinforce the residential character of the neighborhood and limit the height, size, and scale of new development. Expanded landmark and historic district protections could help preserve existing historic buildings while requiring public hearings and approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission for the design of any proposed changes, additions, demolition, or new construction within a designated area — protections which most of the rest of the Village currently enjoys (see MAP). The meeting on December 4th will allow for further conversation about what such proposals might look like, what they would do, and what would be involved in pursuing them.

RSVP: (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

Greenwich Village Stories:
The Art of Frederick Brosen
A slideshow and talk with the artist

Tuesday, December 9
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues
Frederick Brosen’s native New York is his primary subject as he celebrates the built environment - its architecture, monuments, and public spaces. He paints the city we know and love, inviting us in, to walk familiar streets with him and to appreciate the richness that we oftentimes miss.

Brosen’s take on New York is instantly appealing. With his brush he brings to life a myriad of urban detail to frame the stuff of our lives and return it to us as art. Some of his work is featured in our new book, Greenwich Village Stories, which will be available for purchase and signing.

[Frederick Brosen is represented by Hirschl & Adler Galleries.]

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

Dawn Powell - Portrait of an Often Overlooked Literary Great
A talk with historian John Joseph

Thursday, December 11
6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Jefferson Market Library, Sixth Avenue at West 10th Street

Join archivist and NYC literary history junkie John Joseph for the story of an often overlooked literary great of the 20th century – Dawn Powell. Growing up in Ohio and relocating to Greenwich Village in the late 1910s, Powell wrote stories that chronicled the lives of Midwest transplants as they joined the migration of new bohemians making the Village their home.

John will talk about Powell’s days as a literary gadabout within the neighborhood that would always be a consistent character in her work and her life, while highlighting such legendary places as the Cedar Tavern and the El Faro Restaurant and the legendary writers and artists that frequented them.

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

GVSHP members-only program:  Historic Libraries of the West Village
A Walking Tour with NYPL’s John Bacon

Friday, December 12
10:00 A.M. – noon
Free; reservations required
Meeting location will be provided after reservation is confirmed
John Bacon, Director of Planned Giving at New York Public Library, and former GVSHP Trustee, will lead us on a walking tour to explore historic libraries in Greenwich Village. John has already led us on walking tours of sites in the East Village, but now the focus will be on the west side. We’ll wander from St. Luke’s Place to Jefferson Market to Jackson Square in this two-hour journey.

Of course John adds a lot of detail to his tours about all the places along the way from one library to the next. So you will be sure to learn a lot more than you already know about our beloved Greenwich Village. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Significant walking and standing are required, and space is extremely limited.

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

Celebrating Holidays: Immigrants to Greenwich Village
A Presentation by the NYU Archives & Public History Program Master’s Degree Candidates

Co-sponsored by the NYU History Department

Wednesday, December 17
6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU
53 Washington Square South (West 4th Street), between Sullivan and Thompson Streets)

So many different ethnic immigrant groups have come to Greenwich Village and the East Village over the years. In many cases, we see them reflected in the architecture and in the place names. Of course each group brought with them language and culture from their place of origin, and many of those have been woven into our cultural fabric as well.

This program will focus on how different immigrant groups celebrated holidays. Three teams of graduate students from the NYU Archives & Public History Program have spent the semester studying and researching this topic, and they will present their findings in this lecture/slideshow.

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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