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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 Spring House Tour Benefit

2019 Annual Meeting & Village Awards- Awardee Nominations Now Open!

Past Programs

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 or calling 212-475-9585 ext.35

Not a member at the $250 level but want to attend? Join or increase at

This event is not 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.  

Historic District Council's 25th Annual Perservation Conference, co-sponsored by GVSHP
Saturday, March 2, 2019 9:30am to 3:30pm
New York Law School 185 West Broadway

Join the Historic Districts Council for Open to the Public: A Participant-Driven Preservation Conference! This day-long conference will dive into a range of topics and of-the-moment campaigns to preserve communities and sites throughout the city, with sessions led by the participants themselves, as well as two planned panels. GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman will speak on the panel "Zoning, for Better or for Worse: How Rezonings have Negatively and Positively Affected Communities."

Learn more and register online here. GVSHP members can claim the "Friends" $10 discount on the registration page.

Women's History Month: The Witches of Downtown New York

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30pm
Tompkins Square Library, 331 East 10th Street

Just in time for Women's History Month, this lecture will take you on a journey back in time to learn about the women who were considered "witches" in pre-twentieth century New York. Learn about New York City's only witch trial, and the witches who inhabited Broome Street (no joke here) and many other enclaves of downtown. These women were fortunetellers, and their practice allowed them to make money and maintain autonomy in their business practices. In this talk, you'll become acquainted with the methods and lifestyles of these infamous witches and the men who tried to frame them.

Marie Carter is a New York City-based writer who hails from Scotland. She is a tour guide with Boroughs of the Dead, a macabre and ghostly historical walking tour company and the author of the novel, Holly's Hurricane.

This event is accessible, with 10 steps to the first floor from the entrance. Wheelchair lift available.

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

Members-Only Event ($100+ Level) – Andy Warhol from A to B and Back Again
Sunday, March 10, 4:30pm
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street

Few American artists are as ever-present and recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Warhol arrived in the Village 70 years ago, in 1949. Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol saw the growing power of images in contemporary life and expanded the role of the artist in society. This exhibition reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist's untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century. Explore the artworks on this special tour with one of the Whitney's educational staff.

This event is fully accessible

To register, email

Greenwich Village Historic District 50th: The Work Behind the District's Designation
Monday, March 11, 7:00pm
Church of Saint John's in the Village, 218 West 11th Street

In 1969, Greenwich Village preservationists, activists, and neighbors celebrated the victory of the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Travel back in time with our panelists to explore preservation battles and changes in Greenwich Village and beyond before the designation of the district. This will be an in-depth look at the climate and work that set the stage for the Greenwich Village Historic District. What did the activism that led up to the designation look like?

Panelists include:
* Andrew Berman, Executive Director of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
* Anthony Wood, New York Preservation Archive Project
* Professor Francis Morrone, Architectural Historian

Co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project and the Church of Saint John's in the Village.

This event is fully accessible

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The NEW New York: 19th Century Irish Immigration and the Revolution
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00pm
6th Street Community Center, 638 East 6th St

This talk will look at archbishops, saints-in-waiting, gangsters, rogues, jesters and other colorful characters. There will be a special emphasis on "Fenian New York," a refuge for Irish revolutionaries since the failed Rising of 1867. In Fenian New York you'll meet the likes of John Devoy, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, 1916 martyr Thomas Clarke (the only American citizen executed by the British in 1916), and Sir Roger Casement, who since his death has not only become a patriot but a gay icon. It should also be remembered that Eamon de Valera, President of Ireland, was born in New York in 1882 and spent several crucial years in New York between 1919-20.

Dermot McEvoy is the author of six books including the novels, The 13th Apostle: a Novel of Michael Collins and the Irish Uprising, Our Lady of Greenwich Village, and the forthcoming True Tales of Irish New York. He is a frequent contributor to where he writes on history, politics, and culture.

Presented in partnership with the Merchant's House Museum.

This event is fully accessible

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Greenwich Village Historic District TheaterJam
Monday, March 25, 6:30pm
The Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street

Greenwich Village has been a hot-bed for creative theatrical minds since at least the beginning of the 20th century. Some of the most important movements in American theater were nurtured here. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District, we celebrate the artists who make the Village into the rich cultural landscape that it is.

Join GVSHP for its very first Village TheaterJam hosted by Cherry Lane Theatre, with Master of Ceremonies David Greenspan, a Villager, Playwright, actor, theater aficionado, and six-time Obie Award winner.

Experience some of the Village's groundbreaking theater and new works, including:
Excerpts from Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's "Novenas for a Lost Hospital: The St. Vincents Project," with actor Kathleen Chalfant, James Scruggs' "A Voluptuary Life," and Peculiar Works' "In Her Words: 2 Jane Jacobs,"
And works from Cherry Lane Theatre, HB Studio, HERE, New Ohio Theater, and NYU Tisch School for the Arts.

This event is part of the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District programming. Learn more at

This event is fully accessible

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A Greenwich Village Legacy: The Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911
Monday, March 25, 6:30pm
Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue

There were over 500 employees at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory - most were young women, most were recent immigrants. On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the 8th floor. Workers ran to the fire escape. It collapsed, dropping them to their deaths. People on the street watched as the workers began to jump out the windows. Fire trucks arrived but their ladders only reached the 6th floor. The elevators ran as long as they could as workers pressed into the cars; some tumbled down the elevator shaft. In the end 146 people died. As a family descendant of one of the victims, 18 year old Annie Nicholas, Salmagundi member Debbie Wells lectures about the factory and the fire, as well as her journey to uncover her personal family connection through speaking to historians at Cornell University, New York Times and HBO, and especially the Remember the Triangle Coalition whose latest project is to create a Triangle Fire Memorial.

Hosted by the Salmagundi Club, co-sponsored by GVSHP.

This very special presentation will begin at Salmagundi's entrance at 6:30PM with a walk down Fifth Avenue to the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire for a brief talk before returning to Salmagundi for the 7:30PM lecture.

Registration is required through the Salmagundi Club. Learn more and register online HERE.

Exploring GVSHP's East Village Building Blocks
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30pm
Tompkins Square Park Library, 331 East 10th St

GVSHP celebrates the release of East Village Building Blocks with a special talk by GVSHP Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann. This online resource, which took ten years to complete, used primary source research on every building in the East Village. Buildings include scores of houses of worship, theaters, schools, libraries, the country's first public housing development, and one of the largest collections of intact tenements from the early 19th to the early 20th centuries. Sarah will discuss the research methods used and challenges encountered in this architecturally, culturally, and historically rich area. With buildings dating as early as the end of the 18th century, and so many changing dramatically over the years, unveiling these histories could be quite complicated, but always rewarding.

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.

This event is accessible, with 10 steps to the first floor from the entrance. Wheelchair lift available.

Greenwich Village Historic District 50th Anniversary Celebration and Open House Weekend!
Washington Square Park Celebration

Saturday, April 13 from 12:00-3:00pm in Garibaldi Plaza

Historic District Open House Weekend

Saturday, April 13 - Sunday, April 14
Full calendar forthcoming at

Celebrate the golden anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District with us, with a joyous celebration in Washington Square Park featuring folk and jazz music, art-making and activities, speakers, and festivities! This celebration will kick off our GVHD50 Open House weekend. Our friends and partners from local cultural, educational, religious, and civic groups and small businesses will join us in the park to celebrate the big 5-0, offering special opportunities and access to many of the treasures of the historic district, and will be opening their doors to the public with special tours, access, activities, and deals.

See for a list of participating sponsors and partners, as well as other GVHD50 events.

Sign Up Here to Receive Updates about the Greenwich Village Historic District 50th!

Stoops to Conquer: The Evolution of the New York Townhouse
Tuesday, April 23. Reception, 6:00pm – drinks available for purchase. Presentation, 6:30pm
Salmagundi Club Lower Gallery, 47 Fifth Avenue

stoops to conquer

New York City in the popular imagination may be defined by the skyscraper, but in reality, our city's landscape is dominated by a grid plan that minced most blocks into a staggering number of narrow lots. These produced entire neighborhoods of narrow residential buildings, making the townhouse the true vernacular architecture of the city. As we prepare for GVSHP's Annual Benefit House Tour in May, join architect Richard Sammons as he traces the origins and evolution of the ever-present townhouse in New York City. Townhouses give so many historic neighborhoods their charm, but what are the weaknesses of the form? And how can modern architects and city-dwellers improve upon this classic architectural style to bring the economical, adaptable, and sustainable townhouse into the 21st century?

Richard Sammons is a principal at Fairfax & Sammons Architects, whose offices are in New York and Palm Beach. Richard is an award-winning designer, having designed and rehabilitated dozens of townhouses in his career.

Presented in partnership with the Merchant's House Museum.

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The NEW New York: 19th Century Immigration - Kleindeutschland: Little Germany in New York City
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30pm
Third Street Music School, 235 East 11th Street

This talk will explore a detailed history of the development of the German American community in New York City and the East Village/Lower East Side, within the larger context of 19th-century immigration as a whole. Various aspects of society and day-to-day life in the German community in New York will be discussed, providing insight into specific characteristics of this particular immigrant experience in the city, some physical remnants of which still remain more than a century later.

Richard Haberstroh is a native New Yorker, whose six German ancestors arrived in New York between 1835 and 1852 and resided in Kleindeutschland. He lectures and publishes broadly on various topics including the story of German immigration and settlement in New York City. He is also the author of the book, The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: a Research Guide. Presented in partnership with the Merchant's House Museum.

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Lower Manhattan Borough Committee Meeting
POSTPONED- please check back for more information

Borough Committees will be a forum for discussion of both specific and broad issues confronting New Yorkers who care about preserving their community's physical character and are seeking to raise awareness about their issues with the hopes of resolving their concerns.

Hosted by the Historic Districts Council, and co-sponsored by GVSHP. Email:
for more information.


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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