October 2013 


Upcoming Programs & Events

 Information about GVSHP's upcoming programs and events is available online at www.gvshp.org/events



A book talk with authors Francis Morrone and Robin Lynn    

When: Wednesday, October 2; 6:30 - 8:00 P.M
Where: Washington Square Institute, 41-51 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
(just east of University Place)

Cost: Free; reservations required

The Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes is a survey of our city's diverse array of parks, plazas, green spaces, open spaces, atriums, trails, community gardens, even green roofs. Urban landscapes are more on the minds of city dwellers today than at perhaps any other time in history.

In New York in recent years we have seen a revolution in landscape, as mile after mile of disused waterfront, once dominated by industry, has been converted to linear parks. The High Line, a park built atop a disused railroad viaduct, has become one of the city's top attractions. And the city has banned vehicles from large swaths of Broadway and other streets to create pedestrian plazas, replete with movable chairs and tables, rimmed by bike lanes.

To register, please call
(212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.





A lecture about the new opera based on the Edith Wharton novel
When: Thursday, October 10; 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Where: Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street, between 7th Avenue South and Hudson Street  
Cost: Free; reservations required

The city of New York and its social mores were two of the most important elements in Edith Wharton's 1920 novel, The Age of Innocence. Composer David Carpenter has adapted this novel into a two-act opera, writing both the music and the libretto. In this lecture, Carpenter will discuss Wharton's portrayal of New York society of the 1870's, which included a number of locations in the Greenwich Village area, and how in turn this portrait of New York figures in his opera and its story of thwarted love.  


David Carpenter's music has been performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Brevard Music Center. In November 2010, he was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, where he worked on this opera The Age of Innocence.  

To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

A lecture by Elizabeth Finkelstein and Michael Devonshire 
When: Monday, October 21; 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Where: Washington Square Institute, 41-51 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
(just east of University Place)

Cost: Free; reservations required   


Greenwich Village is celebrated for its beautiful rows of brick and brownstone townhouses. But those who meander through the neighborhood's winding, historic streets are usually surprised to encounter the occasional wooden house sandwiched between  masonry houses and apartment buildings, channeling a bygone era. How and when did these houses arrive here? Why are there so few? And, perhaps most curiously, how on earth have they survived for so long?  


Join urban historian Elizabeth Finkelstein and preservation architect Michael Devonshire as they explore the history and mystery surrounding these fascinating wooden relics and discuss the challenges to their preservation.


To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.  


Reservations are required for all programs.
rsvp@gvshp.org or (212) 475-9585 x 35

Please note that space is often limited. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from GVSHP regarding your reservation.

If space becomes an issue, all reservations will be honored up until the start of the program, at which point your seat may be given away to those on the wait list.

Don't forget to check out GVSHP's Past Events Page. Photos from past programs as well as audio recordings and more information about the speakers and topics can all be found here! 

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