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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

Spring House Tour Benefit - Postponed

Village Preservation's Annual Village Awards

2020 - Continuing Education Classes for Real Estate Brokers

Historic Plaque Program

Past Programs



Virtual Salon with the Health Workers of COVID-19

Tuesday, May 26, 3:00pm 

Co-hosted by the Rattlestick Playwrite's Theater and Village Preservation

Health workers are some of the heroes of this moment. Let's appreciate the role they play in this fight and talk with nurse/theater artist Shannon Burkett, Carlos Rodriguez Perez, the Director of the Wellness and Recovery Division at New York City Health & Hospitals / Kings County; playwright/respiratory therapist Stacey Rose; Internal Medicine Physician Deborah Topol; and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist/Drama Therapist Dana George Trottier.

This Salon is a part of Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love, a worldwide virtual festival.

Register Here via Rattlestick!

NoHo’s History and Architecture

Friday, May 29, 3:00pm 

NoHo represents a significant period of New York City’s commercial history from the early 1850s to the 1910s, when this section prospered as one of its major retail and wholesale dry goods centers. Acclaimed architects were commissioned to design ornate store and loft buildings in popular architectural styles, providing a rich fabric against which merchants sold products and shoppers promenaded, looked at display windows, and bought goods. Dotted throughout are also early 19th-century row houses, institutional buildings, turn-of-the-century office buildings, and modest 20th-century commercial structures. Today, the effect of this architectural cornucopia is powerful and unifying streetscapes of marble, cast iron, limestone, brick, and terra-cotta facades. May 13th marks the anniversary of the designation of the NoHo Historic District - join us to mark this anniversary and celebrate this beautiful neighborhood. 

Village Preservation’s Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann has worked as an architectural historian in historic preservation for the past twenty years. She received her BA in History from Lehigh University and her MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Environment

Tuesday, June 2, 3:00pm

As we examine the impact of the quarantine on the environment, what is the necessary infrastructural change to best protect our ecosystem? Facilitated by Kyra Sedgwick, the panel features Pino Fortunato, the Founder and Executive Director of EcoArt Project, Elena Krieger, PhD, the Director of Research at PSE Healthy Energy, and Daniel Zarrilli, Chief Climate Policy Advisor and OneNYC Director, NYC Office of the Mayor. There will be a theatrical offering from Miranda Rose Hall's A PLAY FOR THE LIVING IN A TIME OF EXTINCTION.

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Walk on the Wild Side’s Birth of Punk Virtual Tour

Tuesday, June 2, 6:00pm 

From Greenwich Village and the East Village, we’ll see how punk rock developed — from forebears like the Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls to it’s commercial peak in the late 70’s with Patti Smith, the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, and Blondie. See where the Velvet Underground first met Andy Warhol and Nico, where Lou Reed and John Cale had some of their first rehearsals, where the word “punk” was first used as a genre name (it’s not where you think), and much more!
Learn, too, about punk’s deep but often-overlooked roots in the city’s LGBTQ+ community, and how the East Village neighborhood impacted the music that came out of it, and vice versa.

Walk on the Wild Side Tours NYC is owned and operated by Jesse Rifkin, who has been a working musician in New York for over a decade.

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Virtual Salon on THE COMPLEXITY OF CREATING RIGHT NOW

Tuesday, June 9, 3:00pm

Facilitated by Artistic Director Daniella Topol, please join a community conversation with theater artists talking about the pros and cons of making theater in the virtual format.

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Berenice Abbott's Lost City: Greenwich Village Today and Yesterday

Wednesday, June 10, 6:00pm 

Seventy years ago, famed photographer Berenice Abbott turned her lens on her own neighborhood, Greenwich Village, for what would end up being her final New York project: Greenwich Village: Today and Yesterday. The book, a mash-up of Abbott’s photos and somewhat peculiar text by Henry Lanier, provides a unique and fascinating glimpse into New York at a period of upheaval. The Bohemian and immigrant Village--which had been so vibrant before World War II--was quickly disappearing, but the new wave of Beatnik poets, folk singers, and the denizens of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel had yet to arrive. Historian and journalist James Nevius will use Abbott’s photos and Lanier’s text to lead a “virtual” tour of 1930's and 1940's Greenwich Village, focusing on what Greenwich Village: Today and Yesterday can teach us about preservation, history, and the changing face of New York City.

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Remembering the General Slocum Tragedy in the East Village

Monday, June 15, 6:00pm

More than 1,000 New Yorkers perished on June 15, 1904, when their steamboat burst into flames on the East River. It was the greatest loss of life in New York before 9/11. The tragedy claimed the lives of people from all over New York, but most were from the East Village neighborhood known as Kleindeutchland, or Little Germany. Only a few historical markers and the General Slocum Memorial Fountain in Tompkins Square Park remain to remind us of this forgotten disaster. This presentation will tell the story of this extraordinary tragedy, its impact on the neighborhood and the city, and how it gradually faded from public memory. 

Edward T. O’Donnell is a history professor at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. He is the author of several books, including Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum. O’Donnell also hosts a popular U.S. history podcast, In The Past Lane, and writes history-themed pieces for the Huffington Post, Newsweek, and the New York Times. O’Donnell has also created courses for the Great Courses Company, including “Turning Points in American History.

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Virtual Salon on REIMAGINING AND RESTARTING

Tuesday, June 16, 3:00pm

How are Rattlestick and our peer theaters reinventing ourselves during this quarantine period? What are innovative ways that organizations are activating their facilities, their staff, and their artists to play an essential role during this crisis? Facilitated by social entrepreneur Robert Clauser.

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Village Preservation's 40th Annual Meeting & 30th Annual Village Awards, hosted by Bob Holman

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
6:00pm - Official Member Business
6:10pm - Annual Meeting & Awards
Register Here to Participate Virtually

Each June, we invite the community to join us to look back on the past year of Village Preservation’s work protecting the architectural and cultural heritage of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, and to celebrate the incredible people, businesses, and organizations that help to make our neighborhoods so special (past ceremonies are here).

This year, we need this kind of gathering more than ever. We can’t all be in one place to do it, but we can come together for a virtual, apart but together celebration to mark all we have been through and accomplished together over the past year and to honor those who give so much to our communities.

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Virtual Salon with PRIDE PLAYS

Tuesday, June 23, 3:00pm

Spend time with the artists who are participating in this year's Pride Plays Festival learning about their process and their work.

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Sylvia: A 19th Century Life Unveiled

Thursday, June 25, 6:00pm 

In 2002, a small, timeworn leather trunk discarded on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan was found replete with the cherished keepsakes of a 19th century woman. Thus began visual artist Stacy Renee Morrison’s self-proclaimed love affair with Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander, whose early life parallels that of Gertrude Tredwell, who lived at 29 East 4th Street, now the Merchant's House Museum.

Learn about Ms. Morrison's almost two decades-long quest to weave together Sylvia’s life in the 19th century through the personal belongings she left behind — and to re-imagine it in today’s world through art and fashion.

This talk is presented in conjunction with an exhibition - now available virtually - of the same name at the Merchant's House, where the treasured contents of the trunk will be exhibited to the public for the first time. On display, an invitation in 1860 to a ball honoring the Prince of Wales, letters from the Civil War, Sylvia’s journals, mourning jewelry made of human hair, paper dolls, and other ephemera. 

This event is co-sponsored by Village Preservation, the Village Alliance, and the Merchant's House Museum.

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Literary Pub Crawl: Pride Edition

Monday, June 29, 6:00pm 

In honor of the champions of LGBTQ rights, the memory of the Stonewall Riots, and celebration of Pride, the folks at the GV Literary Pub Crawl will focus this virtual tour on the LGBTQ writers, poets, and artists including James Baldwin, Edna St, Vincent Millay, Hart Crane, Walt Whitman, Allan Ginsberg, Willa Cather, and many more! Individually and together, these writers elevated the American Literary movement and helped shape Greenwich Village into one of the most iconic neighborhoods in the world.

Literary Pub Crawl's in-depth knowledge and underground cult status has brought passion for history, literature, and drinking to the Village since 1998. Their Greenwich Village tour is one of the oldest continuously operating walking tour in the Village.

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Virtual Salon on THE GLOBAL THEATER RESPONSE to COVID-19

Tuesday, June 30, 3:00pm

How is the pandemic impacting artists and companies all around the world? Hear from artistic perspectives from around the world on their response to this crisis. Facilitated by Rattlestick's Development Manager Kazem Ghouchani.

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Virtual Salon on THE FUTURE OF LIVE THEATER Virtual Salon on THE FUTURE OF LIVE THEATER

Tuesday, July 7, 3:00pm

What are artists learning as they create now and what might be retained in the future? A sharing of the ideas-in-progress about: sustaining once faithful audiences; the process of restarting living theater that is healthy for actors, designers etc and audience and dreaming about and creating a more democratic theater-for-the-people.

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*Please note that due to public health concerns, Village Preservation's in-person public programs are suspended until further notice.

 


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

Village Preservation’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 generous Village Presrvation members.






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