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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

Bleecker Street Walking Tour 

Friday, November 22, 3:00pm
Meet at:Huckleberry, 383 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (corner of Perry Street)

Join Village Preservation’s Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann for a tour of the architectural and cultural gems of Bleecker Street as part of #ShopBleecker. For everyone from Bob Dylan to Dylan Thomas, Jimi Hendrix to Patti Smith, Bleecker Street has been the center of what's great about New York City. And now, the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce has launched the month-long #ShopBleecker event as this year's holiday shopping season begins, reminding everyone that Bleecker Street is one of the best places in the city to shop, eat, and play. Enjoy #ShopBleecker all month! Select retailers along the twenty blocks that comprise the beautiful and historic Bleecker Street will be hosting in-store events and offering special deals and discounts. Learn more at

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible. Dress warmly!

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The Decorated Tenement: How Immigrant Builders and Architects Transformed the Slum in the Gilded Age

Tuesday, December 3, 6:00pm
Tompkins Square Park Library, 331 East 10th Street btw. Aves A & B

Celebrate the release of The Decorated Tenement by Zachary J. Violette with an illustrated book talk. In his book, Violette provides a reexamination of working-class architecture in late nineteenth-century urban New York. The “decorated tenement” exemplifies a wave of new buildings constructed by immigrant builders and architects, using ornament as an entry point to reconsider the roles of the tenement in improving housing for the working poor.
Zachary J. Violette has a Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University. Violette is an awardee of the H. Allan Brooks Traveling Fellowship for travel in Central Europe. He serves on the Board of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and is a lecturer at Parsons/The New School of Design in New York. He is currently researching a follow-up volume to The Decorated Tenement on the inner suburban apartment house in the early twentieth century.

This event is accessible, with ten stairs up to the lobby. There is a lift for wheelchair accessibility.

This event is currently full - sign up here for our waitlist

A Comedy Cellar Night, Benefiting Village Preservation

Thursday, December 5, 6:00pm
Comedy Cellar at Village Underground
130 West 3rd Street

Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at 
All proceeds benefit Village Preservation

Join us for a few good laughs (and a few drinks) at this special evening of comedy, hosted by the Comedy Cellar, benefitting Village Preservation.
A 2018 Village Preservation Village Awardee, The Comedy Cellar NYC is easily one of the most iconic comedy clubs in the world, if not THE most iconic.
Since 1982, The Comedy Cellar has been the testing ground for some of the world’s leading comics. Countless luminaries have performed and gotten their starts here, and continue to drop in today and practice their new routines. Owner Noam Dworman is a legacy cafe and comedy club figure, and son of the Club’s founder Menachem (Manny) Dworman. Back in 1960, Manny was a cab driver with a dream to open a venue in bustling Greenwich Village. He did just that, and now, names such a Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Michelle Wolff, and Judd Apatow, hang out and perform there.

This event is not accessible.

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Members Only ($250+): The Village at the Met

*This event has been rescheduled to Friday, December 6*
Friday, November 8) 6:15pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
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For museum lovers and skeptics alike, join us for an “inside look” at The Met as you’ve never seen it before!  Professor Andrew Lear, is an author, historian, classicist, and public historian who has taught at Harvard, Columbia, NYU, and Pomona College. He has created a lively, private, hour-long exploration of the museum, specifically for Village Preservation, focusing on the great objects and artists in the collection which have connections to the Village. Learn the stories behind a selection of art across the Met’s fabulous collection that represents the Village at the Met.

This event is fully accessible. Accessible entrances are located at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street and through the parking garage at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street. Wheelchairs may be borrowed from the coat check at the 81st Street entrance.

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Whitney Museum Tour: Rachel Harrison Life Hack

Thursday, December 12, 1:00pm
The 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. Enjoy a tour with one of the Whitney’s Educational Fellows to learn about the New York City-based artist Rachel Harrison.
Funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Whitney’s National Committee, this exhibition hearkens to the pop art movement, which began in the Village. Harrison’s work pushes boundaries with materials that are quite familiar to all New Yorkers, from trash cans to soccer balls, televisions, and more!
Rachel Harrison’s first full-scale survey at the Whitney will track the development of her career over the past twenty-five years, incorporating room-size installations, autonomous sculpture, photography, and drawing. Harrison’s complex works—in which readymades collude with invented forms—bring together the breadth of art history, the impurities of politics, and the artifacts of pop and celebrity culture. The exhibition will include approximately one hundred works spanning the early 1990s to the present, drawn from private and public collections throughout the world.
Event entry into the museum will allow attendees to stay and enjoy the Museum’s collection of many Village-based artists and works.

This event is fully accessible.

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Members Only ($500+): Holiday Celebration at the Salmagundi Arts Club

Sunday, December 15, 2:00-5:00pm
The Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Avenue at 12th Street
Presented in partnership with the Salmagundi Arts Club and the Merchant’s House Museum.
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The lights are twinkling, there’s music in the air, and we are celebrating this festive season by stepping back in time, through the doors of the elegant façade at 47 Fifth Avenue.
The Salmagundi Art Club’s landmark double-wide 1853 house is lovingly maintained and full of art, historic details, and ephemera that tell the story of the house and the Club itself, which provides a center for representational art. Members of Village Preservation, the Merchant’s House Museum, and the Salmagundi Art Club are invited to venture up the steps to see the art, enjoy a cocktail in the vintage bar, watch 5th Avenue go by from the elegant period parlor, and explore the building’s countless original details. Spend time with friends new and old while learning about the important work our three organizations are doing to preserve our historic buildings, our neighborhood, and the legacies of art, community, architecture, and music we all hold dear.

This event is not fully accessible. There are ten stairs 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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