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GVSHP's public programs explore and celebrate historic preservation, the history and culture of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, and New York City's built environment. Annual flagship events include the House Tour Benefit and June's Village Awards honoring the businesses, individuals, and institutions that contribute to the legendary quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

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2018 Spring House Tour Benefit

2018 Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Past Programs





The NEW New York: Immigration, 1820s to 1880s - An Overview
Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30pm
Cooper Union's Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square at 7th Street




Immigration in the 19th century brought diverse cultures together, illuminated global struggles, triumphs, and movements, and made our neighborhoods what they are today. This talk will focus on the microcosm of Bond Street, an exclusive area east of Washington Square, developed in the 1820s by John Jacob Astor, a German immigrant. The neighborhood was a residential enclave for wealthy merchant families, notably the Tredwells on East 4th Street, whose roots ran deep in English soil. Their lifestyle was assured only by the existence of domestic servants, many of whom were Irish immigrants.
SJ Costello will explore the motivating push-pull factors that led Irish, Germans, Chinese, Eastern Europeans, and Italians to emigrate. In the coming months, each of these immigrant groups will be explored in depth.
SJ Costello is a Senior Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, illustrator, and general story-teller. SJ's work focuses on public history and narratives centered in 19th and 20th century America.

Co-sponsored by the Merchant's House Museum. Hosted by The Cooper Union.
This event is fully accessible






Happy 50th Anniversary, St. Mark's Historic District! Panel, Poetry, Celebration
Wednesday, January 16, at 6:30pm
St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th St




On January 14th, 1969, the St. Mark's Historic District was designated, marking the area that was owned by Petrus Stuyvesant, who laid out Stuyvesant Street in the 1650s, along with St. Mark's Church. Celebrate the district - which includes Stuyvesant, East 11th and East 10th Streets - for it has long been a seat of cultural, architectural, religious, and artistic significance. Our birthday party will gather residents and neighbors to learn about the district's history and how it's thrived since designation.
We will be joined by:
* Andrew Berman, Executive Director of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
* Stephen Facey, Trustee of the Landmark Fund & Chair of the NPC Advisory Committee
* The Rev. Anne Sawyer, Rector, St. Mark's Church
* Marilyn Appleberg, longtime East Village resident and the founder and president of the 10th and Stuyvesant Streets Block Association
* Elinor Nauen, Poet and Poetry Project Board Member

With a reception to follow provided by our neighbor and friend Veselka.
Co-sponsored by Saint Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, the Historic District's Council, the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the Poetry Project, and Veselka
This event is fully accessible






Greenwich Village Historic District 50: The Making of the Greenwich Village Historic District
Monday, January 28, 6:30pm
Church of Saint John's in the Village, 224 Waverly Place




In 1969, Greenwich Village preservationists, activists, and neighbors celebrated the victory of the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the designation, and we're marking this golden anniversary with programs throughout the year addressing the district's history, preservation, architecture, culture, and much more.
We begin this year of programming with a multimedia panel, telling the story of how the district was won. What were the Village preservation efforts that directly led to the designation? Originally, the city had proposed a dozen little districts but came to do the "one big one" - how did that come to be? Why wasn't the district extended all the way west to the Hudson River, as Jane Jacobs wanted?
Panelists include:
* Andrew Berman, Executive Director of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
* Susan De Vries, Preservation Historian
* Professor Francis Morrone, Architectural Historian
* Professor Mosette Broderick, Director of Urban Design and Architecture Studies and Historical and Sustainable Architecture Programs at New York University

Co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project and the Church of Saint John's in the Village
This event is fully accessible






Party Like it's 99... Years Since Prohibition
Tuesday, January 29, at 6:30pm
Holiday Cocktail Lounge, 75 St Marks Place
Tickets are $20 at gvshp.org/prohibition. Advance registration is required and space is very limited!




It's been 99 years since Congress passed Prohibition, and we're celebrating with the same kind of revelry and persistence that characterized the Village's many speakeasies, which operated in defiance of the law. Whether it was to cover up a particularly unpalatable batch of bathtub gin, or to stretch a little a longer way, the Prohibition era birthed some truly iconic cocktails. Join us to taste some of these cocktails, and to learn some tidbits about Prohibition cocktail and bar history, provided by author and drinks historian David Wondrich, and the master bartender at the Holiday Cocktail Lounge. Housed in an 1835 building, the bar was a fully operating speakeasy during Prohibition – complete with the basement tunnel for smuggling.
The bar has been lovingly restored for an old New York feel, and over the years has served drinks to the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Joey Ramone, Frank Sinatra, W. H. Auden, Leon Trotsky, and Madonna.

This event is accessible, with three exterior stairs down to the bar's entrance.

This program is currently sold out - sign up here for our waitlist.  



Exhibition Tour and Artmaking at the Whitney
Thursday, February 7 at 12:45pm
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street



When the days are cold and the streets are grey, the Whitney offers a bright, warm oasis overlooking the Hudson River. Come prepared to learn about art, and then create it yourself, with this tour and hands-on artmaking workshop. The afternoon will begin with an hour-long guided tour of Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900-1960. Full of Village artists and New York scenery, the exhibition traces how artists have approached the relationships, institutions, and activities that shape our lives. Organized around five themes -- family and community, work, home, the spiritual, and the nation -- a central aim of the exhibition is to honor each artist's efforts to create a vision of American life. Then, enter the Whitney's studio for an hour-long artmaking experience, exploring the exhibition's themes for ourselves.

This event is fully accessible

This program is currently sold out - sign up here for our waitlist.  



Neighborhood Trivia Night!
Monday, February 11, at 6:30pm
The Gray Mare, back room, 61 2nd Avenue




Gather around for some drinks, laughs, and friendly trivia competition, emceed by the colorful Jane Marx, a tour guide, educator, and performer. Covering arts, culture, and the geography between 14th Street and Houston Street, we'll be digging into Village trivia from the elevated train route, to the famous actress who was charged at the Jefferson Market Courthouse on 6th Avenue, to the origin of the "shag" haircut. Prove your knowledge of the Village and learn some fun new facts along the way.

Happy hour drinks will be flowing, and we'll have some nerdy Village prizes for our winners!
Hosted by The Village Alliance, The East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA), the Neighborhood Preservation Center, GVSHP, and The Gray Mare.
Please note: minimum of one drink purchase per person.
This event is accessible, with two steps down into the bar's entrance






Shake the World: The West Village and the Dawn of "America's Latin Quarter"

Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30pm
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street




Imagine you are at a party with the journalist Walter Lippmann, the dancer Isadora Duncan, and the playwright Eugene O'Neill. Two things are probably true: you are at Mabel Dodge's Wednesday Night Salon, and Marcel Duchamp is swinging from the chandelier. Dodge began her salon in 1912, when the Village entered its "Lyric Period," and was dubbed "America's Latin Quarter." At this talk, New York historian Lucie Levine will bring us into the story of the Village on the eve of the First World War. We'll learn how the neighborhood transformed from a prestigious enclave to an artists' paradise, and delve into the area's original Bohemian haunts.
Lucie Levine is a licensed, star-rated New York City tour guide, passionate history nerd, and founder of Archive on Parade, which takes New York City's fascinating history out of the archives and into community events built on a potent combination of rigorous research and fabulous storytelling flair.

This event is fully accessible





Battle for the Village and Beyond - The Legacy of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses
Monday, February 25 at 6:30pm
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street




Jane Jacobs called it a ballet, a soaring, stimulating, and safe place where neighborhoods had density and buildings had character. By the 1960's, urban planning had changed. Led by Robert Moses, the ballet would come to a grinding halt, with the superblock, the highrise and the highway. The wrecking ball sealed the fate of neighborhoods. Disinvestment in the mass transit system led to chaos. These two disparate visions of urban planning still live with us every day. But how did this come to pass and what does it mean for us today?
Author, public policy professor, political advisor, and real estate expert Jason Haber has been speaking about the ripple effects of the battle between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses for the past decade. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Communication and a master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

This event is not accessible, there are three external steps down and one flight of stairs up to the lecture hall

This program is currently sold out - sign up here for our waitlist.  



Members-Only Event ($250+ Level)– Pierogi Making at Veselka
Sunday, February 24 at 4:00pm
Veselka, 144 2nd Avenue




For over sixty years, Veselka has been serving up traditional, delectable Ukrainian fare to neighbors and newcomers alike. Opened in 1954 as a simple soup-and-sandwich newsstand on the corner of East 9th Street and 2nd Avenue, it truly is an East Village institution and a beloved reminder of the neighborhood's Eastern European roots. Ever wish you could peek into the kitchen to see how they make all those perfect little pierogi? At this very special members-only event, Veselka's pierogi experts invite you to give it a go! Come learn the tricks to fill and fold these delicious dumplings, try to figure out how they crank out about 3,000 of them every day, and experience the behind-the-scenes magic of this neighborhood gem. Free for GVSHP Members at the Contributor Level ($250+) only.

Register by emailing rsvp@gvshp.org or calling 212-475-9585 ext.35

Not a member at the $250 level but want to attend? Join or increase at gvshp.org/donate.

This event is not accessible




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Thank you for not wearing fragrances at GVSHP events for the health and consideration of others.

GVSHP’s programs are generously funded by: the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, and Corey Johnson, and GVSHP members.






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