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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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2019 - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District

2019- Fall Continuing Continuing Education Classes for Real Estate Brokers, October 16 ,23, 30

2019 Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Past Programs




The Ultimate Village Ghost Tour 
Thursday, August 15 6:30pm. Meet in front of St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street
 
All killer, no filler!  Join us on this full moon eve, which is also the birthday of Virginia Poe, to see what’s in the air. This 2-hour walking tour presents the very best ghost stories from the East Village and Greenwich Village. The tales on this carefully researched route have been hand-picked by our expert guides to bring you the most fascinating ghostly lore in these historic neighborhoods. Delve into the history behind the hauntings as we situate these stories within the broader narrative of Greenwich Village. Explore some of the parapsychological principles underpinning the ghost stories, from the earliest forays into psychical research and Spiritualism in the 19th century to current theories of paranormal phenomena. Discover how turbulent histories often create enduring local legends.
Bring your skepticism, morbid fascinations, and love of NYC history — and your respect for the unseen world that rests at the edge of our perceived reality.

Photo courtesy of the Merchant’s House Museum. This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century NoHo
Wednesday, Ausust 21, 6:00pm. Meet at the Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street

Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos, and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwell's home evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial center.
Visit important 19th-century landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo. We end at bustling Astor Place where the dramatic events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history, took place. And visit the site of the notorious 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the city’s still-unsolved crimes!

Presented in partnership with the Merchants House Museum. This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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Preservation Trivia Night!
Wednesday, August 21, 6:00pm
at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street

Join us for a fun-filled night of New York City history and preservation trivia! Form your own teams of 2-4, or meet fellow history buffs and create a new team! Fun and prizes for all!

Hosted by the Historic Districts Council. Co-sponsored by Village Preservation, 6Sqft, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District, The New York Preservation Archive Project, MAS NYC, and Landmark West!

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Walking Tour: The Radical Village with Jay Saper 
Monday, August 26, 6:00pm. RSVP for Meetup Location

The historic Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI), founded during the progressive era, has served as a haven for political dissidents and cultivated prominent social justice activists for nearly a century.
At the school, Angela Davis was friends and classmates with Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin. The children of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg enrolled after the government made them orphans. Teachers and parents alike were dragged before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Join our guide Jay Saper to explore the lives of and sites connected to the radical playwrights, lawyers, artists, and activists who have called the school home and whose enduring contributions to social movements have transformed the nation.
Jay Saper is an educator, writer, organizer, and artist who lives in Brooklyn.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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Saint Vincent’s Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital 
Thursday, September 5, 2019 7:00 PM through Sunday, October 13, 2019
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place
Tickets are available at rattlestick.org.  Members of Village Preservation can receive a $10 discount for tickets. Email rsvp@gvshp.org or call 212 475-9585 ext 25 for the discount code. Not a member? Join now!

Novenas for a Lost Hospital is inspired by those who dedicated their lives to care and those who were lost. Guided by Elizabeth Seton of the Sisters of Charity (played by Kathleen Chalfant), the piece explores the 161-year history of the hospital. Novenas uses theater as a vehicle to remember, to honor, and to celebrate the life and impact of St. Vincent’s Hospital. The piece will begin with a prologue at St. John’s in the Village and culminate with an epilogue in the West Village, arriving at the AIDS memorial on the former site of St. Vincent’s Hospital.

This event is not accessible. 

This event is part of our series of programs marking the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District programming. Learn more at gvshp.org/gvhd50


Walking Tour: Bars and Speakeasies of Greenwich Village
Tuesday, September 10, 6:00pm
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What happened to Greenwich Village when it went dry during Prohibition? Find out on a walking tour of historic sites in the area, including renowned bars that weathered the passage of the 18th Amendment. Ratified 100 years ago, it was less about controlling the consumption of alcohol and more about controlling the habits of working-class urban immigrants, determining what it meant to be an American, and in New York City, what it meant to be a sophisticated urbanite.
Those and other questions raised during Prohibition linger with us today and influence the way that we have been drinking since prohibition’s repeal. This is not a drinking tour (no drinks included), but the tour will end at a spot where you can order a craft cocktail.
Diana Pittet teaches a graduate seminar at New York University on the history, culture, and politics of drinking and owns a cocktail catering company, Night Owl Hospitality, in Asbury Park, N.J.
 
This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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Storefronts in Landmarked Buildings and Historic Districts -- What You Need to Know
Thursday, September 12 6:30pm
The Washington Square Institute
41 E 11th Street, 4th Floor


Stores and commercial spaces provide important services, products, jobs, and character to our neighborhoods and communities. Small businesses in landmarked buildings & historic districts have many wonderful assets, while also having NYC Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) rules to follow. The LPC recently released guidelines to help business owners get approval for changes and better understand the regulations.
Join us for a presentation and opportunity to ask your questions with LPC Deputy Director of Preservation William Neeley and LPC Deputy Counsel John Weiss. Small business owners and merchants are especially encouraged to attend!

Co-sponsored by Manhattan Community Boards 2 and 3, Cooper Square Committee, East Village Community Coalition, East Village Independent Merchant’s Association, Historic Districts Council, Meatpacking District Business Improvement District, NoHo Business Improvement District, NoHo Neighborhood Association, SoHo Alliance, the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, and the Village Alliance.

This event is accessible, with four steps to the lecture room

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A Greenwich Village Historic District
Town Hall on its Present & Future

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00pm
The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th Street


This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Join Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman for a town hall addressing the state of the district. What issues does it face? What preservation issues need to be addressed? What should our agenda be for maintaining and making the Greenwich Village Historic District the best neighborhood it can be, and how can we achieve that? We’ll look at issues like whether it should be expanded, is it being well regulated, do rules need to be changed, and is it preserving the neighborhood as it should. We will be joined by local elected officials, community groups, and others who can weigh in on the key challenges we face and how they can be met.

Co-sponsored by The Village Alliance, in partnership with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, State Senator Brad Hoylman, State Assemblymember Deborah Glick, City Councilmember Margaret Chin, and others. List in formation.

This event is fully accessible

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Happy Hour Theater Crawl in Greenwich Village
Friday, September 27, 2:00-6:00pm
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Presented in partnership with Manhattan Community Board 2 and The Village Trip

Join us for this special community theater event to learn about the work and histories of some of the marvelous local theaters in Greenwich Village. An expert will guide us through historic Village streets from theater to theater. Once the Happy Hour Theater Crawlers arrive at a venue, we will get to know the theater and its artistic leaders.
We are pleased to be visiting:

Venue list information is subject to change. Check gvshp.org/events for the most up-to-date information.

This event is sidewalk accessible. The Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater is not accessible.

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Walking Tour: Education and Radical Free Thought in Greenwich Village
Thursday, October 3, 11:00am
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Presented in partnership with The New School’s Centennial Celebration

From the first free circulating library in New York City to “The People’s Institute,” Greenwich Village is home to some of the earliest public educational institutions in New York City. The Village’s pedigree as a bastion of free expression has roots in its educational institutions, which were at the epicenter of the greatest radical and progressive movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.
On this Archive on Parade tour, we’ll drop by The New School, and learn how opposition to the First World War (and fussy uptown Academia) led to the school’s creation 100 years ago this week in history. The New School was the first university to teach courses on women’s history and African American history in the country. Learn, too, about the first law school to admit women, an anarchist educational collective on St. Marks Place where teachers included Margaret Sanger and Jack London, and many others.
 
This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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Documenting, Celebrating, and Preserving the History and Architecture of the East Village – St. Mark’s Place and First Avenue and Beyond
Thursday, October 3, 6:30pm
Little Missionary's Day School
93 St. Mark's Place


Learn about Village Preservation’s effort to raise awareness and appreciation of the East Village’s rich history, and to advocate for its preservation.  From the recently released report A History of the East Village and Its Architecture to the online resource East Village Building Blocks, with information on each of over 2,200 buildings in the neighborhood, learn more about this neighborhood’s 350-year history and efforts to protect it. The story of the East Village extends from Dutch settlement in the 17th century, to its development in the 19th century as a prosperous merchant burg and immigrant gateway, its evolution in the 20th century from an epicenter of abandonment and blight to a center of cultural innovation and rebirth, to its struggle in the 21st century to maintain its identity in the face of renewed popularity and success.  The program will be hosted by the Little Missionary Day School, founded by Sara Curry and serving the East Village since 1896.
With presentations by Sarah Bean Apman, Director of Research and Preservation, and Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Village Preservation.

This event is accessible

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Lower East Side Arts Open House with Village Preservation and the Historic Districts Council
Monday, October 7, 4:00-5:30pm
232 East 11th Street


Village Preservation and the Historic Districts Council are housed at the Neighborhood Preservation Center. The entire building used to be the rectory of the adjacent St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, until the lower floors were restored after a fire. Now, Village Preservation and Historic Districts Council have our offices in the bottom floors of the building. The rectory building, completed in 1901, was designed by Ernest Flagg in the Beaux-Arts style.
Join us for an open house, learn about our work, and get a special look at this historic building. HDC and Village Preservation staff will be on hand; ask your questions of Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann. See old images of the building and the neighborhood, which is located in the St. Mark’s Historic District, one of the city’s earliest designated historic districts. 
 
This event is accessible, with eight steps up to the building

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Plaque Dedication: James Wall Finn
Monday, October 7, 6:00pm 
16 West 9th Street

The American muralist and decorative artist James Wall Finn was born in France in 1867.  A graduate of École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, he arrived in New York in 1905 and lived for many years at 16 West 9th Street. Finn was a muralist for J.J. Astor, Payne Whitney, and Tiffany Studios, and painted large, spectacular interiors to grace the Hotel Knickerbocker, the Morgan Library, and the New York Public Library, which underwent a 2016 restoration of Finn’s ceiling mural of a sky with rosy clouds. Though the date of Finn’s birth is still debated, his “Irish wit” was widely recognized. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in 1913. 
Joins us at his former home for this plaque dedication in partnership with West 9th Street Block Association. We will be joined by Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator at The Morgan Library & Museum.

This event sidewalk accessible. This program is part of our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District.

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Horsewalks, Stables, and Mews: Exploring the Vestiges of Greenwich Village’s Equine Past
Wednesday, October 16, 6:00pm
Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Ave

Presented as part of The American Institute of Architects’ Archtober, in collaboration with the Salmagundi Arts Club

For centuries New Yorkers relied on horses as transport, retracing former Native American paths. Past the present-day cacophony of automobiles, this history remains, especially in Greenwich Village’s many horsewalks, stables, & mews. Follow architectural historian Gregory Dietrich down this bridle path!
A graduate of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development programs, Gregory Dietrich has worked in the public and private sectors, at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Cultural Resource Consulting Group, and  Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting. He has lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology and New York University and gives lectures and tours both here and abroad.
 
This event is not accessible

This event is completely full. Learn more here via the Salmagundi Arts Club.


Exhibition, Awards, and Reception of Greenwich Village Art and Environs
Wednesday, October 16, 7:00pm
Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Avenue


The Salmagundi Club has been a fixture on the Greenwich Village art scene for over 100 years. This exhibition (on view October 7-25) expresses appreciation for the Village and its environs. This special exhibition, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District, shares our fascination with Greenwich Village.  There is a strong community identity in the Village that is supported by the unique history and attitude of the surroundings, which bring to mind narrow streets, bohemian culture, artistic residents, and progressive attitudes. Greenwich Village was and is the place to be.
Join us for this exhibition reception with Joseph Camardo playing piano. Award winners will be announced at 7:30pm. The Club’s fine dining restaurant is taking advance reservations up until 8:30pm at (212) 255-7740, open to all. 

This event is not fully accessible

Submissions to "Greenwich Village Art and Environs" exhibit are open through August 27th. To submit your art, click here

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Book Talk: Victory City with John Strausbaugh 
Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm
The Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Avenue

New York City during World War II wasn’t just a place of servicemen, politicians, heroes, G.I. Joes and Rosie the Riveters. It was also home to quislings and saboteurs; war protesters and conscientious objectors; gangsters and profiteers; and bobby-soxers, poets, painters, scientists, and spies.
In Victory CityJohn Strausbaugh tells the story of New York City’s war years with richness, depth, and nuance, providing an important look into the City during this transformative war.
John Strausbaugh is the author of three books of New York City history: The Village, an epic history of Greenwich Village, and City of Sedition: The History of New York City during the Civil War. Both books boast awards and accolades. His latest, Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II, has been hailed as “a compulsively engaging read.” He lives in Brooklyn Heights.
 
This event is not fully accessible - there are ten stairs up to the door

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Continuing the Fight: Expanding Landmark  Protections Since the Greenwich Village Historic District Designation
Wednesday, October 30, 6:30pm
The Church of the Village, 201 W 13th Street

When Shirley Hayes, Verna Small, Jane Jacobs, Ruth Wittenberg, and other Village activists succeeded in getting the Greenwich Village Historic District (GVHD) designated in 1969, they did what no one had ever done before – securing landmark protections for over 2,200 buildings and nearly 100 blocks.  As expansive and impressive as that victory was, much of Greenwich Village was left without protections. In the intervening fifty years, four new historic districts, two extensions of the GVHD, and a few dozen individual landmarks have been added, some only after long and bitter battles. Much still needs to be done.
Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman will review the battles of the last fifty years – what was won and how, what was lost, and what still needs doing. He’ll also look at Jane Jacobs’ original plea for comprehensive landmark protections for Greenwich Village, and see how much of that vision has been fulfilled.

This event is fully accessible - wheelchair entrance on West 13th Street. This program is part of our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Learn more at gvshp.org/gvhd50.

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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 Councilmember Margaret Chin, Corey Johnson, and Village Presrvation members.






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