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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, Sunday, May 3, 2020

Village Preservation's Annual Village Awards

2020 - Continuing Education Classes for Real Estate Brokers

Historic Plaque Program

Past Programs



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).

RSVP to rsvp@gvshp.org

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.
 
This event is fully accessible.

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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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Brokers Partnership Presents: The Andy Statman Trio Plays the Museum at Eldridge Street

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00pm at Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
Tickets are $35 in advance. $45 at the door. Proceeds benefit Village Preservation and the Museum at Eldridge Street.


Join us for a special night featuring renowned musician Andy Statman and the Andy Statman Trio. In the stunning sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, they will perform their trademark blend of American roots music, prayerful Hasidic music, klezmer, and avant-garde jazz.
The Museum at Eldridge Street synagogue is a New York City and National Historic Landmark and a monumental reminder of the Lower East Side’s immigrant history. Built in 1887 and lovingly restored in the 2000s, it is an inspiring example of how historic spaces of all kinds can continue to enrich our modern lives.
A 6:00pm tour of the Museum is included with your visit.

This event is fully accessible.

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Remembering the Women of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Thursday, March 5, 6:30pm at Judson Memorial Church’s Assembly Hall; enter at 239 Thompson Street

Women's History Month at Village Preservation

 
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on Washington Place was a typical sweatshop, employing mostly young Jewish and Italian immigrant women. On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the factory, and 146 people died. Their lives became a rallying cry for the labor union movement, fire safety regulations, and more.
In the month of the anniversary of the fire and Women's History Month, we will learn from a panel of speakers about the women, the building, the fire, its legacy, and more. Panelists include: 
• Debbie Wells, descendant of Russian-Jewish immigrant Annie Nicholas, who lived to be the oldest survivor of the fire, and of Artful Circle (artfulcircle.com).
• Richard Yoo, Triangle Fire Memorial Architect and Designer
• Michael Rzeznik, Fire Protection Specialist
• Alan Richards, Creator of Triangle-inspired artwork
• Franklin Hill Perrell, Art Historian

This event is fully accessible.

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Collecting New York's Stories: Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious, Curator Tour

Monday, March 9, 2:00pm at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Avenue (btw 103rd & 104th Streets)

Collecting New York's Stories: Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious features highlights drawn from the hundreds of additions to the Museum of the City of New York’s permanent collection. Explore works by both well-known and emerging artists, including Janette Beckman, Bruce Davidson, Helen Levitt, Ruddy Roye, Richard Sandler, Gail Thacker, James Van Der Zee, Harvey Wang, and many others. These beautiful, eclectic, and poignant images and objects illuminate the compelling and layered identity of New York and its stories.
Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo are featured prominently in this collection – arts, culture, and music originating in the Village will bring to light everything from the downtown Jazz greats of the 1950s to the iconic rockers of the CBGB scene in the 1970s like Blondie, Patti Smith, and Debbie Harry. See photos, too, of the beloved Footlight Records, located at 113 East 12th Street, when it opened in 1978.
Experience all this and more with the guidance of a Museum of the City of New York Curator.

This event is fully accessible.

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Marching Towards Modernity: The Women of Greenwich Village and the Art and Politics of Social Change at the Turn of the Century

Thursday, March 19, 6:00pm at Tompkins Square Park Library, 331 East 10th Street (btw Aves A&B)
Co-hosted by the Merchant's House Museum and the Village Alliance
Women's History Month at Village Preservation

 
In the photo above, Ida Rauh stands 3rd from left. A West Villager and NYU Law graduate, Rauh chaired the Legislative Committee of the Women’s Trade Union League and helped found the Provincetown Playhouse. Her sister-in-law and Village neighbor Crystal Eastman also earned a law degree at NYU, co-founded the ACLU, helped establish the nation’s first workers compensation legislation, wrote the original ERA, and founded a revolutionary magazine of arts and letters that published everyone from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Claude McKay. Rauh and Eastman are just two of the extraordinary women who lived and worked in Greenwich Village at the turn of the 20th century when the neighborhood was transitioning from a tony enclave turned immigrant haven to a bohemian paradise.
This lecture by Lucie Levine will focus on this moment of becoming, focusing on the women who led that change. Marching into the new century as some of the nation’s foremost advocates for suffrage, labor reform and birth control, and exploding traditional forms of art and inquiry as founders and creators of some of the nation’s most avant-garde art and institutions, the women of Greenwich Village helped lead the city and the nation into the Modern World.

This event is accessible.

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

Monday, March 23, 6:30pm at the Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue
Women's History Month at Village Preservation
 
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.

This event is not fully accessible; there are five steps up from the street and two steps up from the lobby.

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Sylvia: A 19th Century Life Unveiled

Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm at the Baha'i Center, 53 East 11th Street (Btw University & Broadway)
Co-hosted by the Merchant's House Museum and the Village Alliance
Women's History Month at Village Preservation

 
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. Sylvia's 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 quest to weave together Sylvia’s life based around these belongings.
Stacy Renee Morrison is a visual artist who often forgets what century it is. She finds herself haunted by women who lived their lives well before her own and creates visual biographies of their pasts. When Stacy is fully present in the 21st century, she teaches in the BFA Photography and Video Department and MFA Visual Narrative Departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
An exhibition of the same name will be open at the Merchant's House January 30-May 4, 2020.

This event is accessible; however, there are six interior steps to the auditorium.

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Dorothy Day in the Village

Tuesday, March 31, 6:00pm at the Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street
Women's History Month at Village Preservation
 
Dorothy Day (1897 – 1980) is known today as one of America’s most ardent advocates for the homeless, a radical pacifist, a proponent of civil disobedience, and a lifelong critic of US foreign policy and unchecked capitalism and consumerism. Less well-known is her roustabout life as a resident of Greenwich Village in the 1910's, a rebellious young woman who wrote for The Masses and was romantically involved with playwright Eugene O’Neill and Mike Gold, the Communist author of Jews Without Money
John Loughery’s talk will deal with Day’s early years and their link to her subsequent conversion to Catholicism and commitment to the poor.
John Loughery is the author of a forthcoming biography, Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century. He has also written about other significant New York figures, including the 1920s detective novelist S.S. Van Dine, Greenwich Village painter and Socialist John Sloan, and others. The art critic for The Hudson Review for many years, he teaches English, American studies, and art history at the Nightingale Bamford School in Manhattan.

Books for sale by Books on Call

This event is fully accessible.

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Voices from the Village

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30pm at the Rattlestick Playwright's Theater, 224 Waverly Place
Co-sponsored by NYU Tisch and the Rattlestick Playwright's Theater

Join us for an evening of song about our favorite subjects ~ The Village, the East Village, and NoHo! Voices From The Village is a new song cycle exploring the history and significance of the figures and places of our neighborhoods and impressions of Village life. This piece is created by songwriters from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program in collaboration with Village Preservation and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

This event is not accessible; there is one flight of stairs up to the theater.

Register Here via the Rattlestick Playwright's Theater!

"Growing Up" in Greenwich Village: a Presentation by Writer and Photographer Jill Lynne

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30pm at the Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue
 
Jill Lynne’s life experiences have been shaped by the formative context of Greenwich Village, from childhood excursions to the hippie-chick folk song circuit, the women’s movement, and civil rights activism. Lynne's forays into nightlife, Studio 54 and other hotspots from “The Chic to The Sleazy,” (the title of her forthcoming book) are all part of her decades of documenting the life of the West Village. This all will inform our evening of storytelling and star-studded portraits.
Jill Lynne is a photographer, writer, artist, and journalist credited with being the first woman to use computer technology to enhance photography in the early ‘70s. She has served on the faculties of The New School, the International Center of Photography, and Rutgers. With over thirty solo exhibits including two retrospectives, her photographic art is represented in museums & prestigious private collections, as well as international publications. Lynne has been honored by the National Arts Club and received a coveted Artist Grant from the New York Foundation for The Arts for being an “important Artist/Photographer…and vital to the community.”

This event is accessible; there are two steps up from the lobby.

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Members ($50+) Event: Village Rooftop Farm Tour

Wednesday, April 29, tours beginning at 5:00pm & 6:30pm
Address provided upon registration - register to rsvp@gvshp.org, indicating which time slot you prefer.
 
One week after Earth Day, join Village Preservation members and urban farmers Virginia Davies and Willard B. Taylor, who are generously opening their home's rooftop urban farm for two very special tours.
The rooftop farming movement is taking off all around the Village and beyond, striving to build a sustainable future and connect our communities with the natural cycles of growth.
This is your chance to see a truly unique, working rooftop garden and apiary. Learn about the crops, the conditions, and the tending, along with the benefits and joys of building sustainable movements and lives in the big city.
Children of all ages are welcome!

This event is partially accessible; there is an elevator to the main floor of the garden, and a second-tier that is up one flight of stairs.

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Caffé Cino: The Room, the Writers, the Art

Thursday, April 30, 7:30pm at St. John's Church in the Village, 218 West 11th Street at Waverly Pl
 
The Caffé Cino, a tiny venue at 31 Cornelia Street between 1958 and 1968, evolved into one of the most important venues for new playwrights during the 1960s. There were three main aspects to the Caffe – the unique magic of the tiny room with its 8-foot stage, mismatched ice cream parlor furniture and Joe Cino himself; the astounding array of playwrights whose early work was produced there, establishing the Caffe as the birthplace of off-off-Broadway and LGBTQ-centered work; and the unique artwork which evolved from the productions.
This presentation by Magie Dominic, archivist, artist, and writer, will bring together all three aspects for the first time – the room, the writers, and the art. 
In 1985 Magie Dominic co-curated Caffe Cino - History of Off-Off Broadway at the Astor Gallery in Lincoln Centre. In 2011 she donated Caffé Cino documentation to the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, establishing "The Magie Dominic Caffé Cino Archives." In 2013 she established The Magie Dominic Off-Off-Broadway Collection, at Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU. She is the author of two memoirs The Queen of Peace Room and Street Angel. In 2019 she received the Artistic Achievement Award from New York Innovative Theater Awards.

This event is fully accessible.

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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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