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Jun 6, 2023

November and December Programs


GVSHP's tours, book talks, exhibitions, continuing education and other 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.

One great perk of GVSHP membership is that you have access to new program reservations ahead of the general public! Take a look at all the new programs below, and click the links to reserve your spot. Become a member for early program event notifications and first chance to reserve a spot, and so much more!

Missed a GVSHP event or want to re-experience one you attended? Details, photos, and video of our past programs are available online.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program! 

Astor at 50 Street Festival 

November 1, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Village Alliance/Astor Place & Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

The "Alamo" Cube turns 50! Join the official birthday party for the iconic sculpture by Tony Rosenthal, installed in 1967 as part of the "Sculpture and the Environment" project, organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Share your birthday wishes, celebrate on the sidewalk, create and collage mini spinning cubes, fold origami cubes, learn the history of the Cube with mini-walking tours around the square, keep the cube spinning for charity, and much more! Speakers will salute 50 years of one of New York's most iconic and engaging public works of art.

Free and open to the public. RSVP here. 
This event is outdoors and fully accessible 

Bleecker Street Walking Tour

November 1, 3:00pm, meet at 359 Bleecker St, between Charles and West 10th Streets

Join GVSHP's Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apman for a tour of the architectural and cultural gems of Bleecker Street. Enjoy a special treat from Porto Rico Coffee and Tea shop along the way as part of #ShopBleecker. For everyone from Bob Dylan to Dylan Thomas, Jimi Hendrix to Alicia Keys, Bleecker Street has been the center of what's great about New York City. And now, the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce has launched the month-long #ShopBleecker event as this year's holiday shopping season begins, reminding everyone that Bleecker Street is still one of the best places in the city to shop, eat, and play. Enjoy #ShopBleecker all month! Select retailers along the twenty blocks that comprise the beautiful and historic Bleecker Street will be hosting in-store events and offering special deals and discounts.
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Free. Reservations required.
This event is fully accessible.


The Hunt: East Village Urban Archive Scavenger Hunt 

Saturday, November 4, 2:00pm. RSVP for meetup location.

Urban Archive is a location-based mobile platform that holds multiple digital collections, including GVSHP's Historic Image Archive. The app is built for discovery, and for empowering New Yorkers to learn about history where it happened. With this tool, GVSHP's archive images will be the basis for the scavenger hunt. Teams will explore the East Village on a guided contest to match old photos with new locations, and discover where the past and the present meet. Drinks and instructions will kick off the hunt, and when we meet back up prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and everyone will gather after their hard work for a reception with snacks and drinks.

Free. Reservations required. Each group must have an iPhone and the ability to download the Urban Archive app. 
Register online

Schmaltzy: 5 dishes. 5 stories. So Jewish. 

Monday, November 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Salmugundi Club, 47 5th Avenue

We join the Jewish Food Society for an evening of storytelling that combines two of our favorite pastimes: kibbitzing and eating, featuring a lineup of poets, chefs, and food mavens that live, work and create in the Village. Mitchell Davis of the James Beard Foundation (a certified matzo ball king) will MC, and storytellers will be Chef Nir Mesika of Timna; Marissa Lippert of Nourish Kitchen and Table; Ed Shoenfeld of Red Farm; Stacey Harwood-Lehman, Poet; and Zohar Zohar of Zucker Bakery.

This event is sold out. For more information and to be added to the wait list, check the Jewish Food Society's website.
This event is not fully accessible. 

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

Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 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, the Trio will perform their trademark blend of American roots music, prayful Hasidic music, klezmer, and avant-garde jazz. The synagogue is a New York City and National Historic Landmark and a monumental reminder of the 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 6:00 p.m. tour of the Museum is included with your visit, but you must reserve separately (tour signup available upon purchase of concert ticket).

$30 in advance. $45 at the door. Reservations recommended.
Proceeds benefit GVSHP and the Museum at Eldridge Street.
This event is fully accessible.

Celebrating the Public at 50 with a showing of Illyria and talkback with GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman

Sunday, November 19, 1:30pm at The Public Theater

A limited number of discounted tickets are available for GVSHP members, first come first served. Email for details.

Join The Public and GVSHP for a matinee performance of Illyria, followed by a panel discussion with Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, to celebrate the former Astor Library's landmark designation, renovation, and reuse as The Public Theater, as told through Tony Award winner Richard Nelson's play about a forgotten chapter of The Public Theater's history. We will discuss the impact that Joe Papp and his ideas had on the nature of preservation, the neighborhood he loved, and the need for a Public Theater.

In the play, it is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom. A young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city's powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park. From the creator of the most celebrated family plays of the last decade comes a drama about a family held together by the simple and incredibly complicated belief that the theater, and the city, belong to all of us.

$30 in advance. $45 at the door. Reservations recommended.
Proceeds benefit GVSHP and the Museum at Eldridge Street.
This event is fully accessible.


How New York Vanished: From the Citizen to the Consumer City with Jeremiah Moss 

Thursday, November 30, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Theresa Lang Center at The New School, 55 W 13th Street
Co-sponsored by The New School

Hailed by Vanity Fair as "Essential Reading," Jeremiah Moss's Vanishing New York is an unflinching chronicle of gentrification in the twenty-first century and a love letter to lost New York. This book talk will illuminate Jeremiah Moss's studies and draw lines from the past to the present, addressing how we got here, how this history manifests in our present day, and what we can do about it. Jeremiah's expertise and passion for these beloved neighborhoods is presented with what the Village Voice calls a "mixture of snark, sorrow, poeticism, and lyric wit." Propelled by Moss' hard-hitting, cantankerous style, Vanishing New York is a staggering examination of contemporary "urban renewal" and its repercussions—not only for New Yorkers, but for all of America and the world. Q&A and book signing to follow.

Free. Reservation Required. 
Books will be for sale at the event thanks to Three Lives and Company Bookstore.
This event is fully accessible.

An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1940–2017
A private guided tour of the exhibition 

Saturday, December 9, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The Whitney Museum of American Art

Through the lens of the Whitney's collection An Incomplete History of Protest looks at how artists from the 1940s to the present have confronted the political and social issues of their day. Whether making art as a form of activism, criticism, instruction, or inspiration, the featured artists see their work as essential to challenging established thought and creating a more equitable culture. Many have sought immediate change, such as ending the war in Vietnam or combating the AIDS crisis. Others have engaged in protest more indirectly, with the long term in mind, hoping to create new ways of imagining society and citizenship. Join GVSHP for an in-depth look at the exhibition guided by one of The Whitney's teaching fellows. Participants are also invited to enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on everything in the Whitney Museum of American Art Shop on Saturday December 9th. Find the perfect gifts for family, friends, and colleagues; stock your library with the latest art publications; or treat yourself to artist-inspired collectibles available only at the Whitney.

Free for GVSHP Members at the Contributor Level ($100+) only. Join now at the Contributor Level or above for a private, guided tour of the exhibition.
Reservations required.
This event is wheelchair accessible.


A Special Invitation, a Century in the Making: A Salmagundi Club Open House 

Sunday, December 10, 2:00 – 6:00 pm Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue

Have you ever wondered what's going on behind the elegant façade at 47 Fifth Avenue, the former Irad Hawley Mansion? As the Salmagundi Club celebrates one hundred years in this landmark double-wide 1853 house, you're invited to venture up the steps to see the art exhibits, experience the public cultural events, and take in the ambiance of the historic building, decorated festively for the holidays! Explore the club's library, the original owners' 19th century dressing rooms, the vintage bar, art galleries, and double parlor with its exquisite ornamental plasterwork. Docents will offer unique insights into the history of this Village institution. View historic artists' palettes and mugs (featured on Antiques Roadshow), the club's 22 fireplaces, as well as the historic Thumb Box Show, comprised of hundreds of small paintings by some of today's' prominent realist painters. Discover hidden original details rarely on view and enjoy food, drink, holiday music, and good company. 

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. 
Co-sponsored by the Salmagundi Club, GVSHP, and the Merchant's House Museum.
This event is not fully accessbile. 





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