The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

26 February 2014


Upcoming Programs

Past Program Videos, Photos, and Presentations Now On-Line

The Latest from GVSHP's Blog, 'Off the Grid'

Upcoming Programs

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. 

Our Lady of Greenwich Village
A discussion of Irish Catholic immigration to Greenwich Village with authors Dermot McEvoy and John Strausbaugh

Tuesday, March 4
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Church of St. Brigid
Avenue B at East 8th Street

Authors Dermot McEvoy (Our Lady of Greenwich Village, Terrible Angel, and The 13th Apostle) and John Strausbaugh (The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, Black Like You, Rock 'Til You Drop) discuss the history and impact of Irish Catholic immigration in the Greenwich Village area.

McEvoy grew up in the Village when it was a working class neighborhood, populated with longshoremen, cops, firemen, truck drivers. Their talk will range from the Irish waterfront that inspired On the Waterfront to the churches, like St. Brigid's, that anchored the Irish community, to famous Irish New Yorkers such as Archbishop "Dagger John" Hughes, Mayor Jimmy "Gentleman Jim" Walker, world champion prizefighter Gene Tunney, and the Civil War Generals Michael Corcoran and Thomas Francis Meagher.

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

Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side
A panel discussion and selected readings from Clayton Patterson’s book (Volumes 1 & 2), featuring Laurie Tobias Cohen, Suzanne Wasserman, Joyce Mendelsohn, Zia Ziprin, and Steve Wishnia

Co-sponsored by Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

Monday, March 10
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Venue TBD

Join our panel of writers and editors, Suzanne Wasserman (historian, filmmaker, and Director of The Gotham Center for New York City History), Laurie Tobias Cohen (Executive Director of the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy), Zia Ziprin (fashion designer), Steve Wishnia (journalist and musician) and Joyce Mendelsohn (educator, historian and writer), for a discussion of the book and its contributions to the field.

An essential history of the great Jewish wave of immigration to Manhattan’s Lower East Side,
this 3-volume collection covers art, literature, food, religion, and so much more.

Topics slated for discussion include: the disappearing Jewish Lower East Side, the old public baths, music from klezmer to punk rock, and legendary food establishments such as Russ and Daughters.

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

East Village / Lower East Side photographs from the 1960s

Photography and commentary by John Milisenda

Tuesday, March 18
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Sixth Street Community Center
638 East 6th Street

John Milisenda has taught basic photography, the Zone System and Photographic Chemistry at Drexel University, the New School For Social Research and Parsons School of Design. He has written for Modern Photography and Photo Methods magazine.

Milisenda made the images in this lecture when he was a teenager, before he attended Pratt Institute to study art. Many of the subjects in these photographs are teenagers with whom he grew up. These photographs have appeared on photo blogs and websites worldwide. His images are in both museums and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, and Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. He has self-published 17 books of his photography.

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

Wooden Houses of Greenwich Village

A lecture by Elizabeth Finkelstein and Michael Devonshire

This program was so popular last October that we had to turn people away! We are thrilled to be able to present this encore.

Wednesday, March 26
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Village Community School, 272-278 West 10th Street,
between Washington and Greenwich Streets

Greenwich Village is celebrated for its beautiful rows of brick and brownstone townhouses. But those who meander through the neighborhood's winding, historic streets are usually surprised to encounter the occasional wooden house sandwiched between masonry houses and apartment buildings, channeling a bygone era. How and when did these houses arrive here? Why are there so few? And, perhaps most curiously, how on earth have they survived for so long?

Join urban historian Elizabeth Finkelstein and preservation architect Michael Devonshire as they explore the history and mystery surrounding these fascinating wooden relics and discuss the challenges to their 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 and Margaret Chin, and GVSHP members.

Past Program Videos, Photos, and Presentations Now Available On-Line

Missed some past programs, or want to revisit those you attended? Watch the video for "The History of Tompkins Market", "Winter’s Here? Snow Way!," or "City Folk."

review the presentation from "Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Preservation Progress in the Village, East Village, and NoHo 2003-2013, and the Road Ahead" and view photos here.

For more, check out our
"Past Programs" webpage, which is updated regularly with new material from recent programs.

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