For centuries New Yorkers relied on horses to transport them uptown, downtown, crosstown, and beyond, often retracing the paths created by the Native Americans on horseback who had come before them. However, nearly all of the city’s equine culture has been forgotten, supplanted by a cacophony of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles. Nevertheless, the horse in New York City’s past is not only present, but palpable in Greenwich Village, which still offers vestiges of this way of life through its former horsewalks, stables, mews and other associated objects. Join architectural historian Gregory Dietrich as he takes you down the bridle path of this all but forgotten, yet tangible, legacy of Village horse culture.

About the Speaker: 

Gregory Dietrich is the principal of Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting, where his work entails historic architectural and landscape studies, designation reports, historic tax credit applications, and grant writing. In addition to consulting, he served as an adjunct instructor within the Interior Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) between 2008 and 2018, and currently serves as an adjunct instructor within New York University’s Urban Design and Architecture Studies Department within the College of Arts & Science. In addition to teaching, he has served as a guest lecturer, panelist, and tour guide for a range of educational, cultural, and civic institutions both here and abroad.

Thursday, May 30, 2024
6:00 pm


Pre-registration required 


Location: The Skylight Gallery at Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003