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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

Tuesday, April 7, 3:00-4:00pm
We invite you to join us for a Salon with Actress Kathleen Chalfant and Medical Epidemiologist and Pandemic Preparedness Expert Steven Phillips.

The purpose of this FREE Salon is to have a conversation between a leading artist and a leading expert in the field.  This conversation will happen via Zoom and will be limited to 30 people due to the interactive nature of the set-up.

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

Register Online through the Rattlestick Playwright's Theater

Virtual Salon on the Role of Epidemics with Andrew Berman and Zachary Quinto

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 3:00-4:00pm

Co-hosted by the Rattlestick Playwright's Theater and Village Preservation
Actor Zachary Quinto and Andrew Berman, head of Village Preservation, will speak about the role of epidemics in Manhattan. 


Register here via the Rattlestick Playwrite's Theater

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

Thursday, April 16, 6:00pm 

Co-hosted by the Merchant's House Museum and the Village Alliance
Ida Rauh and her sister-in-law and Village neighbor Crystal Eastman both earned law degrees at NYU and went on to change the worlds of law, justice, women's health, literature, theater, and more. 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.
Lucie Levine will focus on this moment in history and the women who led that change, marching into the new century as some of the nation’s foremost advocates, founders, and creators. Celebrate the women of Greenwich Village who helped lead the city and the nation into the Modern World.

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Virtual Hangout with Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman

Friday, April 17, 2:00pm 

Curious about what's been going on at Village Preservation, and in our neighborhoods, during this challenging, ever-changing time? Join our virtual hangout for updates about what we're up to, how our work is continuing, supporting small businesses in our neighborhoods, helpful resources, and more. 

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Sister Doctors In a Time of Need: Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell and The Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children on Bleecker Street

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-7:30 pm

Co-sponsored by Women of NoHo

Janice P. Nimura will speak on her dual biography (forthcoming from W. W. Norton, 2021) on the groundbreaking sisters and doctors Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell who, in 1857 founded The Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children on the corner of Bleecker and Crosby Streets in today’s NoHo Historic District. It was the first hospital staffed entirely by women and included "sanitary visitors" among its interns -- recent female medical graduates who brought guidance on hygiene and childcare to the overcrowded tenements of the neighborhood. Later, the Blackwells were instrumental in recruiting and training New York nurses during the Civil War.

Janice P. Nimura received a 2017 Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, a 2015 New York Times Notable Book.

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Researching your NYC Building with Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann

Monday, April 27, 2:00pm

Have some extra time on your hands to do that building research you've been curious about? In this lecture, participants will learn how to use various New York City and Village Preservation resources to discover the age of their building and other information as well. Whether your building is five years old or 105 years old, there is a myriad of online resources that can help you uncover the history of your building.
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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*Please note that due to public health concerns, Village Preservation's in-person public programs are suspended until further notice. Keep checking back for more information as we move forward, and take good care.


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

***RESCHEDULING*** 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.

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.

Dorothy Day in the Village

***RESCHEDULING*** 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.

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.

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

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

Wednesday, April 29, tours beginning at 5:00pm & 6:30pm
Address provided upon registration - register to, 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.

Register Here!
(5:00pm tour is currently full)

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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