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. 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- Fall Continuing Continuing Education Classes for Real Estate Brokers, October 16 ,23, 30
2019 Annual Meeting & Village Awards
Saint Vincent’s Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital
Thursday, September 5, 2019 7:00 PM through Sunday, October 13, 2019
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place
Tickets are available at rattlestick.org. Members of Village Preservation can receive a $10 discount for tickets. Email email@example.com or call 212 475-9585 ext 25 for the discount code. Not a member? Join now!
Novenas for a Lost Hospital is inspired by those who dedicated their lives to care and those who were lost. Guided by Elizabeth Seton of the Sisters of Charity (played by Kathleen Chalfant), the piece explores the 161-year history of the hospital. Novenas uses theater as a vehicle to remember, to honor, and to celebrate the life and impact of St. Vincent’s Hospital. The piece will begin with a prologue at St. John’s in the Village and culminate with an epilogue in the West Village, arriving at the AIDS memorial on the former site of St. Vincent’s Hospital.
This event is not accessible.
This event is part of our series of programs marking the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District programming. Learn more at gvshp.org/gvhd50.
A Greenwich Village Historic District Town Hall
on its Present & Future
Wednesday, September 25, 6:00pm
The LGBT Center, 208 W.13th Street, Room 101
This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Join Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman for a town hall addressing the state of the district. What issues does it face? What preservation issues need to be addressed? What should our agenda be for maintaining and making the Greenwich Village Historic District the best neighborhood it can be, and how can we achieve that? We’ll look at issues like whether it should be expanded, is it being well regulated, do rules need to be changed, and is it preserving the neighborhood as it should. We will be joined by local elected officials, community groups, and others who can weigh in on the key challenges we face and how they can be met.
Co-sponsored by The Village Alliance, in partnership with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, State Senator Brad Hoylman, State Assemblymember Deborah Glick, and City Councilmember Margaret Chin, Manhattan Community Board 2, and the Historic Districts Council.
This event is fully accessible
Happy Hour Theater Crawl in Greenwich Village
Friday, September 27, 2:00-6:00pm
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Presented in partnership with Manhattan Community Board 2 and The Village Trip
Join us for this special community theater event to learn about the work and histories of some of the marvelous local theaters in Greenwich Village. An expert will guide us through historic Village streets from theater to theater. Once the Happy Hour Theater Crawlers arrive at a venue, we will get to know the theater and its artistic leaders.
We are pleased to be visiting:
Venue list information is subject to change. Check gvshp.org/events for the most up-to-date information.
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This event is sidewalk accessible. The Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater is not accessible.
Walking Tour: Education and Radical Free Thought in Greenwich Village
Thursday, October 3, 11:00am
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Presented in partnership with The New School’s Centennial Celebration
From the first free circulating library in New York City to “The People’s Institute,” Greenwich Village is home to some of the earliest public educational institutions in New York City. The Village’s pedigree as a bastion of free expression has roots in its educational institutions, which were at the epicenter of the greatest radical and progressive movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.
On this Archive on Parade tour, we’ll drop by The New School, and learn how opposition to the First World War (and fussy uptown Academia) led to the school’s creation 100 years ago this week in history. The New School was the first university to teach courses on women’s history and African American history in the country. Learn, too, about the first law school to admit women, an anarchist educational collective on St. Marks Place where teachers included Margaret Sanger and Jack London, and many others.
This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible
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Documenting, Celebrating, and Preserving the History and Architecture of the East Village – St. Mark’s Place and First Avenue and Beyond
Thursday, October 3, 6:30pm
Little Missionary's Day School
93 St. Mark's Place
Learn about Village Preservation’s effort to raise awareness and appreciation of the East Village’s rich history, and to advocate for its preservation. From the recently released report A History of the East Village and Its Architecture to the online resource East Village Building Blocks, with information on each of over 2,200 buildings in the neighborhood, learn more about this neighborhood’s 350-year history and efforts to protect it. The story of the East Village extends from Dutch settlement in the 17th century, to its development in the 19th century as a prosperous merchant burg and immigrant gateway, its evolution in the 20th century from an epicenter of abandonment and blight to a center of cultural innovation and rebirth, to its struggle in the 21st century to maintain its identity in the face of renewed popularity and success. The program will be hosted by the Little Missionary Day School, founded by Sara Curry and serving the East Village since 1896.
With presentations by Sarah Bean Apman, Director of Research and Preservation, and Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Village Preservation.
This event is accessible, with nine stairs up to the entrance of the building
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Lower East Side Arts Open House with the Neighborhood Preservation Center, Village Preservation, the Historic Districts Council, More Art, and the Sane Energy Project
Monday, October 7, 4:00-5:30pm
232 East 11th Street
Housed in the historic Rectory of St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, join Village Preservation, Historic Districts Council, Neighborhood Preservation Center, More Art, and Sane Energy Project for this open house to learn about each of our work and get a special look at this historic building!
Completed in 1901, the Rectory was designed by Ernest Flagg in the Beaux Arts style and restored after a major fire in 1988. Sponsored by the St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund, the Neighborhood Preservation Center was established and became resident in 1999.
Join these organizations of the NPC for this special opportunity to speak with staff members - including Village Preservation's Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann - about their exciting missions and upcoming programs!
This event is not fully accessible - there are eight steps up to the building. The event will be hosted in the Center’s first floor meeting rooms. Please press buzzer #1 to be allowed into the building.
Plaque Dedication: James Wall Finn
Monday, October 7, 6:00pm
16 West 9th Street
The American muralist and decorative artist James Wall Finn was born in New York in 1867. A graduate of École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, he returned to New York in 1905 and moved to 16 West 9th Street, where he lived for many years. Finn was a muralist for J.J. Astor, Payne Whitney, and Tiffany Studios, and painted large, spectacular interiors to grace the Hotel Knickerbocker, the Morgan Library, and the New York Public Library, which underwent a 2016 restoration of Finn’s ceiling mural of a sky with rosy clouds. Though the date of Finn’s birth is still debated, his “Irish wit” was widely recognized. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in 1913.
Joins us at his former home for this plaque dedication in partnership with West 9th Street Block Association. We will be joined by Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator at The Morgan Library & Museum.
This event sidewalk accessible. This program is part of our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District.
Horsewalks, Stables, and Mews: Exploring the Vestiges of Greenwich Village’s Equine Past
Wednesday, October 16, 6:00pm
Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Ave
Presented as part of The American Institute of Architects’ Archtober, in collaboration with the Salmagundi Arts Club
For centuries New Yorkers relied on horses as transport, retracing former Native American paths. Past the present-day cacophony of automobiles, this history remains, especially in Greenwich Village’s many horsewalks, stables, & mews. Follow architectural historian Gregory Dietrich down this bridle path!
A graduate of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development programs, Gregory Dietrich has worked in the public and private sectors, at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Cultural Resource Consulting Group, and Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting. He has lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology and New York University and gives lectures and tours both here and abroad.
This event is not accessible
This event is completely full. Learn more here via the Salmagundi Arts Club.
Exhibition, Awards, and Reception of Greenwich Village Art and Environs
Wednesday, October 16, 7:00pm
Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Avenue
The Salmagundi Club has been a fixture on the Greenwich Village art scene for over 100 years. This exhibition (on view October 7-25) expresses appreciation for the Village and its environs. This special exhibition, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District, shares our fascination with Greenwich Village. There is a strong community identity in the Village that is supported by the unique history and attitude of the surroundings, which bring to mind narrow streets, bohemian culture, artistic residents, and progressive attitudes. Greenwich Village was and is the place to be.
Join us for this exhibition reception with Joseph Camardo playing piano. Award winners will be announced at 7:30pm. The Club’s fine dining restaurant is taking advance reservations up until 8:30pm at (212) 255-7740, open to all.
This event is not fully accessible
Submissions to "Greenwich Village Art and Environs" exhibit are open through August 27th. To submit your art, click here.
Book Talk: Victory City with John Strausbaugh
Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm
The Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Avenue
New York City during World War II wasn’t just a place of servicemen, politicians, heroes, G.I. Joes and Rosie the Riveters. It was also home to quislings and saboteurs; war protesters and conscientious objectors; gangsters and profiteers; and bobby-soxers, poets, painters, scientists, and spies.
In Victory City, John Strausbaugh tells the story of New York City’s war years with richness, depth, and nuance, providing an important look into the City during this transformative war.
John Strausbaugh is the author of three books of New York City history: The Village, an epic history of Greenwich Village, and City of Sedition: The History of New York City during the Civil War. Both books boast awards and accolades. His latest, Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II, has been hailed as “a compulsively engaging read.” He lives in Brooklyn Heights.
This event is not fully accessible - there are ten stairs up to the door
Continuing the Fight: Expanding Landmark Protections Since the Greenwich Village Historic District Designation
Wednesday, October 30, 6:30pm
United Methodist Church of the Village, at 201 West 13th Street
When Shirley Hayes, Verna Small, Jane Jacobs, Ruth Wittenberg, and other Village activists succeeded in getting the Greenwich Village Historic District (GVHD) designated in 1969, they did what no one had ever done before – securing landmark protections for over 2,200 buildings and nearly 100 blocks. As expansive and impressive as that victory was, much of Greenwich Village was left without protections. In the intervening fifty years, four new historic districts, two extensions of the GVHD, and a few dozen individual landmarks have been added, some only after long and bitter battles. Much still needs to be done.
Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman will review the battles of the last fifty years – what was won and how, what was lost, and what still needs doing. He’ll also look at Jane Jacobs’ original plea for comprehensive landmark protections for Greenwich Village, and see how much of that vision has been fulfilled.
This event is fully accessible - wheelchair entrance on West 13th Street. This program is part of our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Learn more at gvshp.org/gvhd50.
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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.