The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

17 September 2014


Upcoming GVSHP

Back to School with GVSHP's Children's Education Program

Latest Landmark Applications Available 

Upcoming GVSHP Programs

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

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.

OMG!: Churches and Synagogues of Greenwich Village
Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua
A lecture by Father Joseph Lorenzo, O.F.M.

Thursday, September 25
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua
154 Sullivan Street (corner of West Houston Street)

The Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua on West Houston and Sullivan Streets in the South Village stands proudly as the first Italian parish in New York State, the second Italian parish founded in the United States, the oldest existing Italian Parish in the U.S. and the first parish church building built by the Italian immigrants in the United States. Saint Anthony's has been popularly called "The Italian Cathedral" and has appeared in movies such as The Pope of Greenwich Village, Godfather II,  and Moonstruck.
Join Father Joseph F. Lorenzo, O.F.M., Pastor, for an evening of history and historic images and artifacts as we present the latest installment of our series OMG! Churches and Synagogues of Greenwich Village.

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

Tompkins Square Park: From Bouwerie to Greenmarket
A pop-up exhibit
Sunday, September 28 and Sunday, October 2
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket, at Avenue A and East 7th Street; Free

Join GrowNYC and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation as we explore the history of Tompkins Square Park in images, from its location on the Bouwerie (or farm) of Peter Stuyvesant through today, where a vibrant market sets up shop every Sunday, selling produce, providing composting, and collecting recyclables.

Images will explore the history of the Park's development, the site’s history as a place of revolt, and the Greenmarket past and present. Drop by during Greenmarket hours, peruse this pop-up exhibit, shop the bounty of the market, and enjoy some samples straight from the farms. Representatives from GrowNYC and GVSHP will also be available throughout the day.

GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City's quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

My Great Great Aunt Rose of the Lower East Side
A Family Story by Kate Pastor
Thursday, October 2
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Jefferson Market Library, 6th Avenue at 10th Street

"Cinderella of the Sweatshops." "Rose of the Ghetto." "The Socialist Socialite."

Before Rose Pastor Stokes was so-named, she rolled stogies in an Ohio factory and wrote letters to the Jewish Daily News between and during shifts. She was hired as a reporter and moved to New York's Lower East Side, marrying a rich philanthropist she had interviewed for a story. But this was no fairytale.

When a newspaper reported that she had been arrested, it added the word "again." She was as stoic when being convicted of violating the Espionage Act as she had been gushing in her girlish adoration of her husband-to-be.

Kate Pastor, a Bronx-based journalist, will explore the life of this socialist, feminist activist -- also known as Aunt Rose -- with this lecture/slideshow.

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

A presentation by Barry Benepe
Tuesday, October 7
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Church of St. Brigid, Avenue B at East 8th Street

In 1976, planner and architect Barry Benepe co-founded the Greenmarket program in New York City with a fellow planner, Bob Lewis. Their open air markets offered a solution to two pressing problems: regional farmers were struggling to make a living and losing farmland to development, and New York City consumers had a hard time finding good, fresh produce.

Barry will join us to discuss the history and development of several iconic open air farmers markets in and around Greenwich Village, including the Union Square Greenmarket, Tompkins Square Greenmarket and the Saint Mark's Church Greenmarket.

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

Footprints in New York
with authors James and Michelle Nevius

Monday, October 13
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Washington Square Institute
41 East 11th Street between Broadway and University Place

Join authors and noted tour guides James and Michelle Nevius for a presentation on their latest book, Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers. In a talk illustrated with vintage photos and old maps, James and Michelle will focus on the stories in Footprints in New York that are connected to Greenwich Village, from Peter Stuyvesant's bowery to Bob Dylan's MacDougal Street.

One part history, one part urban exploration, Footprints in New York follows in the steps of such dynamic Village residents as Edgar Allan Poe, Gertrude Tredwell (of the Merchant's House Museum), Henry James, John Reed, and many more.

The authors will take audience questions, and books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.

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

Members-only program -- A visit to the Morris-Jumel Mansion

Tuesday, October 21
2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Meeting location provided after reservation is confirmed

Greenwich Village has the Washington Square Arch, but in the fall of 1776 General George Washington located his military headquarters in a mansion in present-day Washington Heights. The Morris-Jumel Mansion was built by British Colonel Roger Morris in 1765. He and his wealthy American wife, Mary Philipse Morris, used it as a summer country house, but fled when the American Revolution began. Washington chose this property for its strategic view of lower Manhattan, the Hudson River, the Bronx, Westchester, the Long Island Sound and the Harlem River.

Stephen Jumel and his wife Eliza purchased the house in 1810. Stephen Jumel died in 1832 and the following year Eliza married former Vice-President Aaron Burr. The city of New York acquired the property in 1903.

The staff of Morris-Jumel Mansion will lead us on a guided tour of the house and property.

Space is limited and there will be significant walking and standing.
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.

Back to School with GVSHP's Children's Education Program
This program teaches children in 1st through 8th grades about the history of New York City while highlighting the uniqueness of Greenwich Village's historic architecture and the importance of preserving and learning from our past.

There are 3 different curricula to choose from:

  • Greenwich Village Past & Present
  • Immigration in the South Village
  • Streetscape Timeline: Bleecker Street

Each curriculum contains 3 sections: an interactive classroom presentation about the history of NYC and the Village, a walking tour of the subject neighborhood, and an art project that allows students to create a lasting souvenir of their time in the Village.
For more information on curricula & sessions, click here to view a program brochure.

Since its creation, Greenwich Village: History and Historic Preservation has educated and delighted thousands of elementary school children in all five boroughs. The program is taught by qualified educators and functions as a wonderful foundation for the study of New York City history. The entire program conforms to and supports the NYS learning standards for Social Studies, English, Language Arts, and the Arts as well as fitting in the NYC Department of Education Common Core Curriculum standards for arts teaching and learning.

For more information, pricing, and scheduling, click here.

Greenwich Village: History and Historic Preservation is generously funded by: the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Council Members Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, and Corey Johnson, and GVSHP members.


Latest Landmark Applications Available

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.    

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

447 Hudson Street

CB2 hearing: 09/22/2014
LPC hearing: 09/30/2014

744 Greenwich Street

CB2 hearing: 09/22/2014
LPC hearing: 09/30/2014

To sign up for notifications of new landmarks applications, please click HERE.
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