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Village Preservation'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. 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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Annual flagship events

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

Village Preservation's Annual Village Awards

2019- Continuing Continuing Education Classes for Real Estate Brokers

Historic Plaque Program

Past Programs

The East Village Italian Mafia

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30pm
The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street (Btw Aves B&C)

The East Village Mafia reveals a little-known but powerful Manhattan Mafia enclave that was instrumental in shaping the direction of organized crime for seven decades. Author Thomas Comiskey profiles a dozen Mafia dons, capos, and soldiers who came from or frequented the long-forgotten Italian neighborhood in the northern East Village. He will describe headline-grabbing murders, international heroin trafficking, counterfeiting, extortion, and loan-sharking in local social clubs, bars, and restaurants.
Thomas F. Comiskey is an attorney who had a thirty-three-year career at the New York City Department of Investigation exposing criminal conduct in New York City’s anti-poverty programs and public schools. He lived on East 14th Street and Avenue A from 1953 to 1990. He currently lives in Scarborough, New York.

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Prohibition at 100! History and Cocktails at Chumley’s

Monday, January 27, 5:00pm
Chumley’s, 86 Bedford Street
Tickets are $20. Advance registration is required.

It’s been 100 years since the Volstead Act (otherwise known as Prohibition) took effect, outlawing the sale and production of “intoxicating” liquors. We’re celebrating with the revelry and persistence embraced by the Village’s many speakeasies that operated in defiance of the law. 
The Prohibition-era birthed some truly iconic cocktails, and we’ll be learning about and tasting them with author and drink historian David Wondrich, and the master bartenders and staff at Chumley’s
An historic former-speakeasy, Chumley’s was designed to invoke the Village of flappers, bohemians, artists, and renegade brewers. Learn about the writers and artists whose portraits busy the walls. Learn too about the famous “86” on its door (the restaurant’s address on Bedford Street), and the decorative tea cups which adorn the interior archway. 
The drinks, details, and more will immerse us in the spirit of Prohibition for this special evening. 
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A Spooky Evening Celebration for Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday

Thursday, January 30, 6:30pm
New York City Baha’i Center, 53 East 11th Street (Btw Broadway & University)
Co-sponsored by the Merchant’s House Museum and Boroughs of the Dead
In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe lived on Amity Street (now West 3rd Street). Publication of his poem The Raven brought him great acclaim and invitations to the Village’s fashionable literary salons. In honor of Poe’s birthday, we’ll learn about Poe’s life in the Village and enjoy a performance of his writings.
Andrea Janes, founder of Boroughs of the Dead, will discuss Poe’s residence in the City, his rivals, and admirers, and his writing about antebellum New York’s architecture, literature, and current events.
The evening will conclude with John Kevin Jones as the great master of horror performing bone-chilling tales of irrational revenge, obsession, and murder.
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Judson and Julius,’ a Performance at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Monday, February 3, 6:30pm
The Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, 224 Waverly Place
Presented in partnership with NYU and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

Judson and Julius’ is a collaboratively written play which takes a deep dive into two of the Village’s most beloved spaces, Julius’ Bar--the oldest gay bar in the city, and Judson Church--a thriving church and cultural center. The piece soulfully explores queerness, intergenerational dynamics, and how these two thriving spaces continue to offer refuge and solace to those who need it most.  The piece was written and researched by students in Cusi Cram’s (Novenas for a Lost Hospital) “Writing for and About Community” class in the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU by Anthony Anello, Kendra Donahue, Aodhan Gallagher, Caroline Mazzei, Alyssa See Tho, Dylan Vaughan Skorish, and Izzy Vidal. It will be directed by Kelly McAndrew.

This event is not accessible - there is a full flight of stairs up to the theater.

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FutureCity: The Past, Present and Future of New York with Jason Haber

Tuesday, February 4, 6:30pm 
Arnhold Hall in the Theresa Lang Student Center, 55 West 13th Street Room 202
Co-sponsored by The New School.

For the first time in history, more people live in cities than don’t. By 2050, 2 billion more people will live on our planet, two-thirds of whom will live in cities. Simultaneously, many cities, including New York, are ill-prepared for the next storm. New York faces unprecedented challenges. Climate change, mass transit, health care, and housing expenses are creating their own storm. Yet, at the same time, solutions exist that can also make New York better than ever. The question is: how? In FutureCity, using history as a guide, author, public policy professor, political advisor, and real estate expert Jason Haber will explore the perils and possibilities facing New York, and will inspire us to fulfill Jane Jacobs’ visions of a dynamic, supportive city. 

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Faint Voices from Greenwich Village: Carl Jung’s Visit to the Village

Monday, February 10, 6:30pm
Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue

Only months after splitting with Freud over New Year’s 1913, Carl Jung made an eye-opening trip to New York. He spoke about dreams to the Liberal Club and was a dinner guest of the Village’s Heterodoxy Club, the country’s first feminist organization. Like the public at large, he got his first exposure to modern art at the Armory Show, which inspired his Red Book. 
Jay Sherry, PhD, has lectured internationally and written two books that locate Jung in the context of 20th-century cultural life. His talk will highlight these events and the creative Villagers who Jung encountered. His ideas about symbol-making and the psyche resonated with a diverse group of intellectuals who were interested in progressive education, literature, and theater.

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Black History Month Panel - Illuminating Forgotten Histories: New York City’s Early Black Communities

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30pm
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd at 135th Street

This Black History Month, the Schomburg Center’s Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery and Village Preservation are partnering to illuminate aspects of New York City’s early Black neighborhoods. From Seneca Village, a community now being memorialized in Central Park, to Greenwich Village’s “Little Africa,” our group of experts will address the work of discovery, preservation, and documentation of these and other historically significant, but widely-forgotten Black communities.
We are pleased that the following scholars and preservationists will join us:
Leslie M. Harris is a professor of history at Northwestern University and author of numerous books, including In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 and Slavery in New York (co-edited with Ira Berlin).
Jamila Brathwaite is a trustee of the African American Historical Society of Rockland County. She is an educator and curator and has uncovered hidden histories of the African Diaspora, including Greenwich Village’s “Little Africa,” which flourished during the 19th century.
John Reddick is an architectural historian and Columbia University Community Scholar who is active in Harlem’s culture, art, and preservation. He’s lectured and published broadly, and recently served as a curator and facilitator of the Harlem Focus series at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Center.
Michelle D. Commander is the associate director and curator of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center. She is the author of Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and The Black Fantastic, among other works.

This event is fully accessible.

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Members Only ($500+): Exclusive Curator Tour of the Brant Foundation

Wednesday, February 26, 5:30pm
The Brant Foundation, 421 East 6th Street (btw 1st Ave & Ave A).


For devotees of adaptive reuse, please join us for a special tour of The Brant Foundation’s New York space which occupies a century-old building originally designed as a substation for Consolidated Edison.
Richard Gluckman of Gluckman Tang Architects renovated the former substation, which is currently featuring a selection of the Brant Foundation’s exquisite collection of art. The Brant Foundation and Gluckman Tang Architects were awarded a 2019 Village Award from Village Preservation.
Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation, features over 20 artists integral to its collection, including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Dan Flavin and many more.
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Bricks and Brownstone: The New York Row House

Thursday, February 27, 6:30pm
The Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Avenue at 12th Street
Tickets are $15, or $65 including a copy of Bricks and Brownstone (retail cost: $85)

Co-sponsored with the Salmagundi Arts Club and the Merchant’s House Museum.

The classic book Bricks & Brownstone, originally written by Charles Lockwood and published in 1972, is the first and still the only volume to examine in depth the changing form and varied architectural styles of the much-loved New York City row house, or brownstone. That edition helped pave the way for a brownstone revival that has transformed New York’s historic neighborhoods over the past half-century. This revised and expanded edition, published by Rizzoli and written by Patrick W. Ciccone, revisits the classic comprehensively, with updated text and additional chapters, and an abundance of specially commissioned color photography.
Join author Patrick W. Ciccone for a lecture and celebration of the revised edition of this classic work featuring Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Second Empire architectural styles and so much more.
Patrick W. Ciccone is a New York City-based preservationist who has led major historic rehabilitation projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania.

This event is not fully accessible, there are ten steps up to the front door.

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Thank you for not wearing fragrances at Village Preservation 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 Councilmember Margaret Chin, Corey Johnson, and Village Presrvation members.

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