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March 15, 2016


Village Awards Nominations - Deadline April 4th

Upcoming Programs

Latest Landmark Applications Available

Village Awards Nominations - Deadline April 4th

Is there a person, place, business, or organization that you think should be recognized for making Greenwich Village, the East Village, or NoHo a special place? Nominations for the 2016 Village Awards are now open, please submit a nomination today! A full list of past award winners can be found here.

The Annual Village Awards are sponsored by GVSHP to honor the people, places, and organizations that contribute significantly to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

Nominations must be received by Monday, April 4, 2016, 6:00 P.M. Awardees will be recognized at GVSHP's Village Awards on Tuesday, June 14th. Nominees outside of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo; past recipients; and GVSHP employees and trustees are not eligible. 

Please click 
here to nominate a Village individual, business, organization, streetscape, front stoop, restoration, or garden you feel makes an impact on life in the Village.

Learn more about and see video of our 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 Village Awards.

Upcoming Programs 

To see videos of recent GVSHP programs, click here; to see photos of recent programs, click here.

View videos and photos from these recent programs:
- The Social Geography of Village Housing in the Sixties -
video; photos
- Secrets of  the Underground Railroad/Greenwich Village Connections-
video; photos

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.

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.

Historic Preservation in NYC: 
What do the last 50 years tell us about the next 50?

Co-Sponsored by ArtWatch International, Inc.

Thursday, April 7
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required RSVP: 
Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue, near 12th Street
[This venue is not wheelchair accessible.]

Join us as four leaders of museums and advocacy groups discuss the successes and failures of historic preservation within their field, examine current issues in preservation law and city development, and engage on current issues that can be better addressed in the future. The host, ArtWatch International, Inc., was founded in 1992 as an advocacy non-profit to promote an open dialogue on the conservation and stewardship of historically significant works of art and cultural monuments. Following each speaker's presentation, a short panel discussion will be moderated by the Director of ArtWatch International, Ruth Osborne. 

[photo credit: Collection of The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden / The Colonial Dames of America]

Andrew Berman (Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation)
Simeon Bankoff (Historic Districts Council)
Adam Steinberg (Senior Education Associate, Lower East Side Tenement Museum) 
Host: Ruth Osborne (Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden / ArtWatch International)

RSVP: ArtWatchNYC@gmail.com

Three Homosexuals in Search of a Drink

The 50th Anniversary of the Sip-In at Julius’
A panel discussion with Tom Bernardin, self-described historian of Julius’, and Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, and Jay Shockley of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, with special guest Dick Leitsch.

Tuesday, April 12
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.]

Fifty years ago a person could be refused service in a bar simply for being gay, and his or her mere presence there could result in the bar’s closure by the State Liquor Authority. On April 21, 1966, Dick Leitsch and other members of the Mattachine Society, an early LGBT rights organization, staged the now famous Sip-In at Julius’ bar in the Village to challenge this “legal” discrimination. After they announced to the bartender that they were homosexuals and wished to be served, they were refused service. The event generated publicity and was one of the earliest acts of organized LGBT civil disobedience in New York City. Scholars of LGBT history consider the Sip-In at Julius’ a key event leading to the growth of legitimate LGBT bars and the development of the bar as the central social space for urban LGBT New Yorkers. 

Join host Tom Bernardin at this 50th anniversary event that will also honor special guest Dick Leitsch, one of the three original protestors. A panel discussion with Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, and Jay Shockley of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project will cover the history of the Sip-In, their recent efforts to have the site nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and the historical significance of LGBT Greenwich Village.

[Photo © 2016 Courtesy Estate of Fred W. McDarrah. All Rights Reserved]

Click HERE to register for this program.

Special offer: Own a Piece of History!!

Click here to buy a copy of the Fred McDarrah photo, with proceeds supporting GVSHP.

VSHP Members-only* program (for members at the $50 level and up)
Not a member? 
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A Walking Tour of Civil War Sites 

Led by historian and tour guide Joyce Gold

Thursday, April 14
10:30 A.M. – Noon
Free; reservations required 
Click HERE to register for this program.
*for GVSHP members at the $50 level and up
Meeting location will be provided after registration is confirmed.

There are many notable locations in and around the Village from Cooper Union to Union Square that relate to the Civil War. Historian Joyce Gold will lead us on a walking tour of some of these. Listening devices will be provided so you won’t miss a word of Joyce’s well-researched narrative.

Highlights include:
·      Abraham Lincoln, the candidate and president
·      Horace Greeley, the abolitionist editor
·      Confederate plot to burn down New York
·      The Draft Riots
·      The Monitor & New York shipbuilding
·      The significance of Union Square and Madison Square to the war effort

Click HERE to register for this program.

STORE FRONT II – A History Preserved
A book program with photodocumentarians James & Karla Murray

Tuesday, April 19
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.]
In this visual presentation, the Murrays take the audience on a new photographic journey by spotlighting the ongoing story of New York’s independent shops, bodegas, bars and more with the same vibrant photography and deeply personal interviews as its predecessors, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York and New York Nights. The Murrays have taken vivid photographs of an outstanding selection of bars and pubs, restaurants and cafes, music venues, and shops, all with historical significance and enduring after-dark aesthetics. 

James and Karla were awarded the 2015 Regina Kellerman Award by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) in recognition of their significant contribution to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Click HERE to register for this program.

Comedy Night
to benefit The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation & The Rebecca Ritter Daniels Scholarship for Real Estate Continuing Education

Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 P.M. (doors open at 6:00 P.M.)
The Village Underground
130 West 3rd Street (btw. MacDougal St. and 6th Ave.)

Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Click HERE for more information.

18th Annual Spring House Tour Benefit 

Sunday May 1
HOUSE TOUR: 1:00 - 5:30 PM, Self guided; explore at your own pace
RECEPTION: 5:30 - 7:30PM

Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Click HERE for more information.

Latest Landmark Applications

GVSHP provides an ongoing record of all applications for changes to landmarked properties in our neighborhoods (Greenwich Village, NoHo, Gansevoort Market, the South Village, and the East Village) that require a public hearing before they can be approved. These proposals range from minor alterations to large additions, demolition, and new construction on landmarked sites.

Find out about the application, when the Community Board and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearings will take place, and how you can weigh in before decisions are made. You can also sign up for alerts to be notified of changes in the status of the application.

41 West 11th Street
CB2 Hearing: 03/21/2016

The new applications above are scheduled to be a heard in the near future at the Community Board, the LPC, or both. Click on each for more information.

Find out more:


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