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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 Annual Meeting & Village Awards

2019 Spring Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

Past Programs

GVHD50: Bike Tour of the Greenwich Village Historic District
Thursday, June 13, 6:00pm
RSVP for meetup location

This exciting ride celebrates the charming buildings and off-the-grid streets of the Greenwich Village Historic District. We’ll take riders on a tour of some of the treasures of the Greenwich Village Historic District, and highlight some unique buildings and places.  The tour will be about 90 minutes, with multiple stops, and we’ll travel at a leisurely pace.
Our bike-riding guide, Harry Bubbins, is Village Preservation’s East Village and Special Projects Director. Harry coordinates our East Village work, advocating for expanded landmark and zoning protections, and working with our allies and colleagues to protect small businesses, and promote the arts.

This ride is part of #GVHD50. We’re marking this golden anniversary with programs that address the Greenwich Village Historic District’s history, preservation, architecture, culture, and more. Learn more at

Bike tours can be risky - take necessary precautions & wear a helmet. Weather protection & water are also recommended. Bikes are not provided.

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The NEW New York: Italians in the Village, an Illustrated Presentation by James Nevius
Tuesday, June 18 6:00pm
The Washington Square Institute, 41 East 11th Street

After the Civil War, hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants came to America, most of them making New York City their first stop. While the Lower East Side and Little Italy are well-known for their immigrant history, many may not remember that the area south of Washington Square was one of the most densely populated Italian precincts in the country.
This illustrated presentation will look at how the Village came to be separated into a wealthier area north and west of Washington Square and a more working-class neighborhood to the south and east. We’ll look at who paved the way for Italians in the district and talk about the importance of holding on to the Italian places that still exist in the area -- RIP Trattoria Spaghetto -- so as to preserve this heritage.

James Nevius is a historian focused on issues related to architecture and urbanism. His work appears regularly in Curbed and The New York Post. With his wife, Michelle, he is the co-author of Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers and Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City, which is now in its 11th printing. He’s currently researching a new book on America’s love affair with utopianism.

Co-sponsored by Village Preservation and the Merchant’s House Museum. With books for sale by Books On Call.

This event is fully accessible

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Jefferson Market Garden Party 
Tuesday, June 25, 6:00pm
Jefferson Market Garden, Greenwich Ave & 6th Ave 
Tickets are $25 and include wine & light refreshments. For more information about the event, visit


Join the Village Preservation Brokers Partnership for a garden party in one of Greenwich Village’s hidden treasures. Nestled in one of New York’s busiest corners, treat your senses to the beauty, colors, and scents of the gar­den’s peaceful oasis. Resplendent with glorious blooms, the garden provides the perfect setting to enjoy wine, cheese, and live music by the Bobby Lynn Quartet. During the evening, Jefferson Market’s Historian Jack Intrator will offer a tour around the block, highlighting the fascinating history of the garden and library.
Reception to follow.

Walking the East Village! 

East Village Community Gardens Tour with Ayo Harrington

Tuesday, July 9, 6:00pm. RSVP for Meetup Location
The East Village/Lower East Side boasts fifty-three community gardens, each with its own personality. This neighborhood, considered the birthplace of the modern American community garden movement, has lush gardens that reveal so much about the community, art, collaboration, and environmental work in our neighborhoods, and much more. Learn about these gardens’ collective and individual histories, what it takes to maintain them, and meet volunteer gardeners and organizers who make it possible for the public to enjoy their beauty.
Our guide, Ayo Harrington, is an issues-based organizer and community land developer. She has a life-long commitment to social justice and a background in performing arts. She has been involved with numerous community organizations and associations including LES Ready and Gardens Rising.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

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Dance Your Way to the Revolution: Radical Revelry in the East Village with Lucie Levine
Tuesday, July 16, 6:00pm. RSVP for Meetup Location
The Anarchist Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.” Kick up your heels and join us for a tour of the neighborhood that shaped her freewheeling philosophy. As we wind our way between 14th Street and Houston Street, we’ll uncover the area’s rebellious past. Along the way, we’ll meet the Rebel Girl and the Priestess of Anarchy, learn about the saloon known as the “most famous radical center in New York,” and discover which nightclub has been “an idyllic place of controversy and entertainment” for over a century.
Lucie Levine is a licensed, star-rated New York City tour guide, passionate history nerd, and founder of Archive on Parade, which takes New York City’s fascinating history out of the archives and into community events built on a potent combination of rigorous research and fabulous storytelling flair.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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East Village Building Blocks Walking Tour with Sarah Bean Apmann
Tuesday, July 23, 6:00pm. RSVP for Meetup Location

We continue to celebrate the release of Village Preservation’s East Village Building Blocks ( with a special walking tour. The online resource took ten years to complete, using primary source research on every building in the East Village. On this tour, you'll see and learn about 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. Our guide will be Village Preservation’s Director of Research and Preservation, Sarah Bean Apmann.
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 outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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Walking the Greenwich Village Historic District! 

Forgotten Villagers of the Greenwich Village Historic District
Friday, July 26, 11:00am. RSVP for Meetup Location
No neighborhood has such a varied and influential history as Greenwich Village in Manhattan. It was home to revolutionaries, social commentators, labor movements, women’s rights advocates, jazz and blues music, painting, and debauchery. It was also the epicenter of the literary movement in America for over 100 years. This tour focuses on the lesser known – the plethora of writers, revolutionaries, and others who flew under the radar while still making deep marks on the neighborhood, the architectural developments, the early settlements, and more.
Through performances of scenes, poetry and prose, engaging stories, and wit, Literary Pub Crawl provides experiences of the Village in the most unique and engaging way possible. With over 18 years of walking the neighborhood, they’ve amassed some of the best research and stories to be had here.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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“The Handsomest Square in the City:” Washington Square Park
 Friday, July 26, 6:30pm and Saturday, July 27, 11:00am. Meet at the Garibaldi Statue in Washington Square Park
Just a few short months following the designation of Greenwich Village as a historic district in April of 1969, NYC Parks would break ground for a much-needed renovation of Washington Square Park. The “handsomest square in the city” was showing much wear and tear, and the community was excited for a new design following the closure of traffic through the Park a decade earlier.
Join Sheryl Woodruff, Community Development Director at the Washington Square Park Conservancy and former Village Preservation staff member, on a tour of Washington Square Park where she’ll explore the people, architecture, and design of this place at the heart of the Historic District. Immerse yourself in the world of 1969 Greenwich Village in this walk, which will address the social and architectural changes already taking place around the Square by the time of the designation. Examine how the community shaped the 1969-1970 design, and share how the past made an impact on the Park’s most recent renovation.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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Register Here, Saturday at 11:00am


GVHD50 Walking Tour: Jewels of the Historic District
Thursday, August 1, 6:00pm. RSVP for Meetup Location
The Greenwich Village Historic District is one of New York’s earliest landmarked communities. On quirky angled streets lie 1920s speakeasies, literary hang-outs, European-style coffeehouses, Off-Broadway theaters — the quintessential American avant-garde home.
In celebration of the Greenwich Village Historic District’s 50th anniversary, Joyce Gold has created a special tour for Village Preservation exploring what the district looked like on the day of its designation. Explore spots which are new, saved, lost, and ever-magnificent, along with the broad variety of architecture that characterizes the district, homes of notable residents, and much more.
Joyce Gold is a recognized expert and educator in New York history and for over 30 years has been guiding New Yorkers and visitors alike to rave reviews.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

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GVHD50 Food Tours of New York : The Original Greenwich Village Historic District
Wednesday, August 7, 2:00-5:00pm
$10 per person, registration required. Meetup location provided upon RSVP. 

Tour the charming tree-lined streets of the historic West Village. Visit classic “mom and pop” specialty food shops and neighborhood restaurants – some in business for over 50 years!
Discover the history, culture, and entertainment offerings that makes Greenwich Village so unique and so different from the rest of New York City. Taste thin crust pizza from Joe’s, fresh filled cannoli from Rocco’s, delicious meatballs with sauce from Pesce Pasta, 3 types of cheese from Murray’s, and more. Most importantly, discover the secrets to having the ultimate food and cultural experience off the beaten path in the Greenwich Village Historic District!
We will reveal unique and lovely gardens, the narrowest house in NYC, pristine homes from the 1850’s, tucked-away boot scrapers that Village-folk used in the 1800’s (and still today), and the explanation of why the Grid System does not exist in this section of Greenwich Village.

This event is not accessible


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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Members Only $100+ Event: Fred W. McDarrah Exhibition Tour
Tuesday, August 13, 2:00pm. Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd Street
The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs and PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah examine the tumultuous 1960s to the dawn of the 1970s. Fred W. McDarrah was a curious, knowledgeable, and indefatigable visual chronicler, whose encyclopedic archive spans culture and politics from the Beats of the 1950s to the counterculture of the 1960s to the Stonewall uprising and major political events of the early 1970s.
Experience these exhibitions with a Museum of the City of New York educator, featuring iconic images of Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, with a particular focus on the agitation for civil rights, anti–Vietnam War demonstrations, the initial Stonewall uprising, and the public faces of the LGBTQ rights movements of the Village.
This event is fully 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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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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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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