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On September 13th, Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation celebrated the opening of interactive site-specific public history exhibition, titled Village Voices. During our weekly maintenance, Hort Gardeners were delighted to find one of the exhibit shadow boxes at Father Fagan Park. The shadow box featuring Patti Smith, is mounted above a basket of coleus, sweet potato vine, and begonia. This plant combination represents the Summer, and while we just turned the corner into Autumn, these annual plants remain vibrant.

The next time you find yourself meandering in New York City’s historic Village and longing for summer days, consider dropping by Father Fagan Park.
Soooo honored to contribute to the 2022 VILLAGE VOICES installation as a narrator! #LeontynePrice remains a source of inspiration, and how beautiful that her voice can be heard among so many other incredible people who made their homes in The Village.

If you’re in NYC from now until Oct 30, take a walk and tour through this history district. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the efforts of Village Preservation!
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The next time you’re on Lafayette Street, keep an eye out for the newly returned Village Preservation Village Voices Shadow Box about Robert Rauschenberg! This iconic, eclectic artist called NoHo home for many years, and his foundation is still located right between Great Jones and East 4th Street. This Box recreates some of his work, and has great info on the artist himself. It’s only temporary, so make sure to check it out before it’s gone!
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ICYMI: Our colleagues at Village Preservation recently hosted author and emerging historic preservationist Sydney Andrea Landers, whose new graphic AGBANY explores a critical moment in preservation history. The Action Group for Better Architecture in New York was an informal activist group who are most known for protesting the demolition of the original Penn Station. August 2 marks the 60th anniversary of that protest, and with current Penn Station redevelopment plans putting the entire neighborhood at risk, history could be repeating itself.
Music and the Village are synonymous, perhaps no place more so than where Greenwich Village and the East Village meet, the Seven to Save-listed neighborhood south of Union Square. With the help of Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation's South of Union Square map and its music tour, you can explore some incredible spots where the course of music history was changed in this endangered area for which we are seeking landmark protections, and listen to some of the great sounds that emerged from this creative cauldron while you’re at it.
Happy Juneteenth!

To celebrate, here's a look at the African Free School, an important site related to abolition in New York. The third African Free School was located at 120 West 3rd Street, just a few blocks from the Tredwell home.

Founded in 1787, the African Free School provided education to the children of free and enslaved African Americans. The school, ultimately comprising seven school buildings in the city, was established by members of the New York Manumission Society, an organization dedicated to the full abolition of slavery.

New York had passed a gradual emancipation law in 1799, but the last enslaved people in NY were not freed until 1827.

According to our friends Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation: "The children of both free and enslaved Blacks were taught reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography. Boys were also taught astronomy, a skill required of seamen, and girls were taught sewing and knitting. ... By 1834 the seven existing African Free Schools, with enrollment surpassing a thousand students, had been absorbed into the public school system."

For more important neighborhood sites related to emancipation, see Village Preservation's blog post: https://www.villagepreservation.org/2019/12/19/14-historic-sites-of-the-abolitionist-movement-in-greenwich-village/
Thank you Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation for inviting me to speak at the Greenwich Village Preservation Awards! And thank you for honoring Rev Jacqui Lewis who has touched the lives of so many.
The recent inclusion of the Proposed South of Union Square Historic District on the League’s Seven to Save list marks the third time we have worked with our colleagues at Village Preservation through the STS program. First in 2002 with the Gansevoort Market District and then in 2012 with South Village, the League’s support helped turn the tide for both in securing their much-deserved landmark designations.

In this guest blog post, Anna Marcum details how Seven to Save helped those earlier preservation efforts — and how we hope to play a similar role now as we advocate for #SouthofUnionSquare.
A BIG thank you to Juan Rivero and Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation (long time fans!!) for writing this beautiful piece on us.
The Proposed South of Union Historic District is a current Seven to Save site. Amidst the eclectic streetscapes of this neighborhood, you will find a remarkable and unrivaled ensemble of architectural works designed by one of 19th century America’s greatest architects, whose family roots were deep in this neighborhood and spent much of his life here. cc: Village Preservation
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We'll be highlighting each of our current Seven to Save sites over the next few months, starting with the proposed South of Union Square Historic District! Our colleagues at Village Preservation have been leading the charge to landmark this neighborhood, and we are thrilled to join them in their efforts.
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74 East 4th Street, home to former Village Award winner La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, has been getting a full restoration of its wonderful front facade. This East Village landmark (both an individual NYC landmark and part of the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District) was built in 1873 and features cast iron classical ornament and a large metal bracketed cornice capped by a broken pediment. Aside from its evocative architecture, the building is richly emblematic of the East Village’s varied immigrant-infused history and development. To learn more, click here: https://www.villagepreservation.org/2017/09/01/an-east-village-landmark-gets-a-facelift/

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“This neighborhood, long a crossroads, contains a civil rights and artistic history stretching back well over a century, in buildings designed by some of the greatest architects of the 19th and 20th centuries,” said Village Preservation's Executive Director Andrew Berman. Thanks to amny for highlighting the Seven to Save designation of the proposed South of Union Square Historic District!
Get to know the Seven to Save-listed South of Union Square neighborhood thanks to Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation.

Preserving the Village, East Village and NoHo since 1980! Check out www.villagepreservation.org for more info. Follow us on Twitter! @gvshp Village Preservation was founded in 1980 to preserve the architectural heritage and cultural history of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

We are a leader in protecting the sense of place and human scale that define the Village’s unique community. Our programs include: Educational outreach in the form of public lectures, tours, exhibitions, and publications; a school program that teaches children about Greenwich Village history and architecture; leadership on expanding landmark and zoning protections in our neighborhoods and fighting

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Italian American History and Heritage Month Begins - Village Preservation 10/02/2022

Italian American History and Heritage Month Begins - Village Preservation

Join Village Preservation in celebrating Italian American History and Heritage Month, with tours, oral history interviews, reports, and so much more:

Italian American History and Heritage Month Begins - Village Preservation October is Italian American History and Heritage Month, and we’re incredibly proud of the mark Italian immigrants and Italian Americans left on both Greenwich Village and the East Village.

Merce Cunningham: Dance-Maker, Innovator, Teacher, and Villager - Village Preservation 09/30/2022

Merce Cunningham: Dance-Maker, Innovator, Teacher, and Villager - Village Preservation

Merce Cunningham, considered by many one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century, was a fierce collaborator, an innovator, a film producer, and truly a multi-dimensional artist. We are celebrating his life and work as part of our public outdoor exhibition, VILLAGE VOICES 2022. Be sure to visit the exhibit now through October 30th as well as read more about his life and career in Greenwich Village:

Merce Cunningham: Dance-Maker, Innovator, Teacher, and Villager - Village Preservation Merce Cunningham, considered by many one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century, was a multi-dimensional artist. He was a dance-maker, a fierce collaborator, an innovator…

A Different Kind of Transit ‘Signal’ at Broadway-Lafayette - Village Preservation 09/29/2022

A Different Kind of Transit ‘Signal’ at Broadway-Lafayette - Village Preservation

There are plenty of signals in our city’s subway system, but only one ties into the rich Native American arts legacy in our communities. Learn about Broadway-Lafayette’s “Signal” installation here:

A Different Kind of Transit ‘Signal’ at Broadway-Lafayette - Village Preservation Deep below Broadway and Lafayette Street, in the passageway connecting the intersection’s namesake station with the Bleecker Street downtown platform, is an art installation that honors the…

Plaque Unveiling: Former East Village Residence of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs - Village Preservation 09/28/2022

Plaque Unveiling: Former East Village Residence of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs - Village Preservation

We’re unveiling a plaque Thursday, October 6 at 5:30pm at 204-206 East 7th Street, the former home of Allen Ginsburg and William S. Burroughs, to honor the two acclaimed and influential writers and the history of the Beat Generation in the East Village. The two lived at this address early in their careers, and occasionally also hosted and famously photographed here Jack Kerouac, himself an icon of the Beat movement. We’ll be joined by poet Bob Rosenthal, Ginsberg memoirist and Beat scholar Regina Weinreich, and poet Bob Holman, who will speak about the impact of the Beat Generation, discuss the importance of this period to the authors' work, and read excerpts from some of their notable poems and novels. Register (required) for free here:

Plaque Unveiling: Former East Village Residence of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs - Village Preservation Plaque unveiling to commemorate the Beat Generation in the East Village at the former residence of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs Thursday, October 6 at 5:30pm ET In-person event…

The Largest School in the World - Village Preservation 09/28/2022

The Largest School in the World - Village Preservation

The "largest school in the world" opened in the East Village on East Houston Street 120 years ago, in September of 1902. Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder, P.S. 188 school served a largely immigrant population and was embraced by educators around the country as a model for urban school design and held up as an example of American innovation. The building is still home to P.S. 188 and Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary Charter School. Read more about the school and its role in the neighborhood and in the fields of health and education:

The Largest School in the World - Village Preservation Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder, P.S. 188 opened on September 21, 1902, taking up the entire city block bounded by East Houston and what was then Lewis, Manhattan, and East Third streets.

Business of the Month: Elephant & Castle, 68 Greenwich Avenue - Village Preservation 09/27/2022

Business of the Month: Elephant & Castle, 68 Greenwich Avenue - Village Preservation

Come visit our latest Business of the Month, Elephant & Castle NYC at 68 Greenwich Avenue, a Greenwich Village classic since 1973 for all occasions, provided those occasions involve delicious, meticulously prepared comfort food or fresh seasonal specials. Learn more.

Business of the Month: Elephant & Castle, 68 Greenwich Avenue - Village Preservation Your input is needed! Today we feature our latest Business of the Month — help us to select the next. Tell us which independent store you love in Greenwich Village, the East Village, or NoHo: click…

Miguel Algarín and the Nuyorican Poets Café - Village Preservation 09/26/2022

Miguel Algarín and the Nuyorican Poets Café - Village Preservation

As we continue to celebrate , learn more about one of the many sites of Latinx heritage in the East Village -- the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Known as a legendary home for Nuyorican poetry, writing, and arts, the East Village’s Nuyorican Poets Café was co-founded by Miguel Algarín, a leader in establishing spaces for Puerto Rican and other Latinx residents of the Lower East Side. Read more about the transformation of Loisaida and Miguel Algarín's impact on arts here:

Miguel Algarín and the Nuyorican Poets Café - Village Preservation On September 15th began the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This month coincides with many important dates, starting with the celebration of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala…

The First Library for Women, in Greenwich Village - Village Preservation 09/26/2022

The First Library for Women, in Greenwich Village - Village Preservation

On this day in 1860, the first library for women opens in Greenwich Village. Find out where and why libraries specifically for women were needed, and how this one fit in the long arc of the 19th century’s move towards providing access to reading materials for all, and equality for women:

The First Library for Women, in Greenwich Village - Village Preservation New York City has a rich history of developing a library system, starting with a variety of private charitable ones, several of which became the basis for the New York Public Library…

Village Preservation/Bronx Brewery Tour, New Beer Sampling, and Trivia 09/23/2022

Village Preservation/Bronx Brewery Tour, New Beer Sampling, and Trivia

Last week, we had a great time celebrating the launch of Sansho Panza, our first brewing collaboration with The Bronx Brewery - East Village. It was delicious. Be on the lookout for future collaborations in the coming months. Check out the pictures below, and go to https://www.villagepreservation.org/events/ for more exciting upcoming events.

Village Preservation/Bronx Brewery Tour, New Beer Sampling, and Trivia On September 14, 2022, we joined with The Bronx Brewery in the East Village to unveil the new Sansho Panza Village Witbier, host a tour/talk, and hold a trivia contest — a fun night for all!

Meet the Interns — Fall 2022 - Village Preservation 09/23/2022

Meet the Interns — Fall 2022 - Village Preservation

Village Preservation has an amazing group of interns, and we are thrilled to welcome two new ones to the team: Irine Le, and Chloe Gregoire, who is our 2022-23 Hunter Public Service Scholar. We are also excited that current intern Maya Wilson has taken over our Arthur A. Levin Internship focusing on cultural history. They bring a wealth of knowledge, skills, and diverse backgrounds to our family. Read more:

Meet the Interns — Fall 2022 - Village Preservation Village Preservation’s team is a strong one – we’re lucky to have a group of interns who are looking to gain experience in historic preservation in a non-profit environment. Interns assist our growing…

09/22/2022

Did you know that the The New School building at 70 Fifth Avenue was home to the NAACP from 1914 until the mid-1920’s?

VILLAGE VOICES, Village Preservation's outdoor interactive public art and history exhibition, features a bold and powerful 20-foot-high window display at 70 Fifth Avenue honoring the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and many others connected to the building's history.

The multifaceted exhibit, one of the 25 installations of Village Voices 2022, addresses issues of social justice and human rights in our neighborhoods’ history.

Please visit the exhibit running now until October 31st!: https://bit.ly/3fbSrqr

Business of the Month: Té Company, 163 W 10th Street - Village Preservation 09/22/2022

Business of the Month: Té Company, 163 W 10th Street - Village Preservation

Té Company at 163 W 10th Street is proudly displaying our new Business of the Month sticker! This intimate tea shop offers the best Taiwanese tea and pineapple linzer cookie in town. For bringing to our neighborhoods these accessible luxuries and cultivating a relaxing atmosphere for enjoying them, we named Té Company our July 2021 Business of the Month. Learn more:

Business of the Month: Té Company, 163 W 10th Street - Village Preservation If you’re looking for love, make our Business of the Month, Té Company, your first stop before embarking on your search. If you’ve already found it, go there anyway and let it grow.

October Programs: Building Community in our Neighborhoods - Village Preservation 09/21/2022

October Programs: Building Community in our Neighborhoods - Village Preservation

Creating your social calendar for October? Easily see what Village Preservation is offering over the next few weeks in today's blog post and then sign up before these events . Learn more about our local collaborations with community partners and register for an opportunity to gather with like-minded villagers and visitors to our neighborhoods.

October Programs: Building Community in our Neighborhoods - Village Preservation At Village Preserevation our tours, lectures, book talks, exhibitions, and other public programs explore and celebrate preservation, history and culture. Beyond sharing vital information from the past…

“London Calling:” The Clash and the Village - Village Preservation 09/21/2022

“London Calling:” The Clash and the Village - Village Preservation

On this day in 1979, The Clash’s Paul Simonon smashes his bass at the end of the band’s performance at the Palladium on East 14th Street during their first American tour. That moment was captured and immortalized on the cover of their forthcoming ‘London Calling’ album, and the rest is history. We take a look back:

“London Calling:” The Clash and the Village - Village Preservation If you were to ask me to name a truly perfect album, it would take a very quick punk-rock-beat to say “London Calling!” Released on December 14, 1979, this iconic album has been called the first post…

The Flatirons of the Village and the East Village - Village Preservation 09/20/2022

The Flatirons of the Village and the East Village - Village Preservation

On this day in 1966, the Flatiron Building is landmarked. But the iconic 23rd Street tower is not the only “flatiron” building in New York City, or even the oldest. So today we take a look at just some of the many “little flatirons” of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo:

The Flatirons of the Village and the East Village - Village Preservation On September 20th, 1966, the Flatiron Building was designated a New York City landmark. One of New York's most beloved and iconic landmarks, the Flatiron Building is known for (among other things) its…

More Than Just a Beautiful Structure: the Legacy of James Stewart Polshek - Village Preservation 09/20/2022

More Than Just a Beautiful Structure: the Legacy of James Stewart Polshek - Village Preservation

Today we’re remembering James Stewart Polshek, a leader in modern architecture as well as historic preservation here in and beyond, who passed away earlier this month. We dig deep into his oral history with us and his long and storied career:

More Than Just a Beautiful Structure: the Legacy of James Stewart Polshek - Village Preservation James Stewart Polshek, who over the course of a 70-year career came to be known as a “ quiet giant of modern architecture,” passed away on September 9 at the age of 92. He was known for a range of…

Want to See Viennese Secessionist Art Deco Architecture? Go No Farther Than the Far East Village - Village Preservation 09/16/2022

Want to See Viennese Secessionist Art Deco Architecture? Go No Farther Than the Far East Village - Village Preservation

Viennese Secessionist Art Deco-inspired buildings are rare in this country, and even rarer in NYC. But on this day in 2008, two of the best examples this side of the Atlantic were landmarked, both found in the East Village. We take a look at their unusual histories:

Want to See Viennese Secessionist Art Deco Architecture? Go No Farther Than the Far East Village - Village Preservation Public National Bank of New York Building at 106 Avenue C and Wheatsworth Bakery Building at 444 East 10th Street. The East Village, while it is rich in unique cultural and architectural history…

Moving Locals Above Ground and Below: Mass Transit History in Our Communities - Village Preservation 09/15/2022

Moving Locals Above Ground and Below: Mass Transit History in Our Communities - Village Preservation

From below Bleecker Street to above Sixth Avenue, the development of and in the late 19th and 20th centuries was shaped by the growth of subway and elevated lines in our communities. Discover that history in our latest post:

Moving Locals Above Ground and Below: Mass Transit History in Our Communities - Village Preservation New York’s mass transit is the circulation system for our metropolis, allowing the city to survive and flourish even with the nation’s highest population density living in some very tight spaces.

The Star Spangled Banner and the Village - Village Preservation 09/14/2022

The Star Spangled Banner and the Village - Village Preservation

in 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the Star Spangled Banner after the U.S.'s surprising victory in defending Baltimore’s Fort McHenry. The future national anthem has some interesting and surprising ties to Greenwich Village, from some iconic and controversial renditions of it over the years to a first-of-it’s-kind murder acquittal based upon a temporary insanity defense. Read more:

The Star Spangled Banner and the Village - Village Preservation After witnessing twenty-five hours of heavy bombardment of Fort McHenry on September 14, 1814 during the War of 1812, lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key was sure that when dawn came…

Enthusiast Extraordinaire: Theater Critic William B Harris and Late 20th Century Lower Manhattan 09/13/2022

Enthusiast Extraordinaire: Theater Critic William B Harris and Late 20th Century Lower Manhattan

Bravo! Bravo! William B. "Billy" Harris was a dance and drama critic who pulled back the curtain on the downtown avant-garde, theater history, and the advent of HIV/AIDS in our changing neighborhoods. He wrote for downtown papers including "SoHo Weekly," "The Village Voice," and more from the mid-1970s until his death in 2000. Learn more about Billy's legacy from our lecture with Mary Elizabeth Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUQpndqhtUA

Enthusiast Extraordinaire: Theater Critic William B Harris and Late 20th Century Lower Manhattan William B. (“Billy”) Harris was a freelance dance and drama critic covering the downtown avant-garde for the SoHo Weekly, Village Voice, and other papers fro...

Back and better than ever: Linda Pagan and the Hat Shop, now at 148 Sullivan Street - Village Preservation 09/13/2022

Back and better than ever: Linda Pagan and the Hat Shop, now at 148 Sullivan Street - Village Preservation

Linda Pagan’s The Hat Shop has moved! A few weeks ago, she led a fabulous Mariachi Parade to celebrate the shop's 27-year run in the . Read the story behind her move, and don’t forget to pay a visit to Linda's new location at 148 Sullivan Street! It’s open NOW!

Back and better than ever: Linda Pagan and the Hat Shop, now at 148 Sullivan Street - Village Preservation Sometimes in life, you need to take a step back before taking two steps forward. And sometimes, the step back is the involuntary result of a shove, such as the figurative one that 2021 Regina…

After Nine-Year Campaign by Village Preservation, Julius’ Bar Building at 159 West 10th Street Under Formal Consideration for Landmark Designation - Village Preservation 09/13/2022

After Nine-Year Campaign by Village Preservation, Julius’ Bar Building at 159 West 10th Street Under Formal Consideration for Landmark Designation - Village Preservation

Exciting breaking news! After a nine-year campaign, finally first steps taken to landmark Julius, Bar! Find out more:

After Nine-Year Campaign by Village Preservation, Julius’ Bar Building at 159 West 10th Street Under Formal Consideration for Landmark Designation - Village Preservation We’re thrilled to announce that after a nine-year campaign led by Village Preservation, this morning the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to “calendar” or finally begin formal…

YIMBY vs NIMBY: Looking Past Labels To The Real Impacts of Development on Housing, Gentrification, and Sustainability - Village Preservation 09/12/2022

YIMBY vs NIMBY: Looking Past Labels To The Real Impacts of Development on Housing, Gentrification, and Sustainability - Village Preservation

Is new luxury housing construction part of the solution to the affordability crisis? Or is that cure worse than the disease? Pro- and anti-development coalitions labeled YIMBYs ("yes in my backyard") and NIMBYs ("not in my backyard") have staked out opposite positions on the matter, increasingly defining the controversies surrounding large-scale planning efforts in the city. In this panel on September 21, national and international housing and development experts will consider the development landscape that has given rise to NIMBYs and YIMBYs, the evidence that underpins the groups' respective positions, and the usefulness of the terms of their debate for reconciling affordable housing needs with other valued dimensions of urban life. Learn more:

YIMBY vs NIMBY: Looking Past Labels To The Real Impacts of Development on Housing, Gentrification, and Sustainability - Village Preservation A Panel Discussion of Experts Wednesday, September 21st 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Free Zoom Panel Discussion Registration is required A seemingly intractable housing affordability crisis has allowed YIMBYism…

James Stewart Polshek - Village Preservation 09/11/2022

James Stewart Polshek - Village Preservation

So sorry to hear the news about the passing of the wonderful James Stewart Polshek, longtime member of the Village Preservation Board of Advisors and friend of the organization. Jim was an incredibly thoughtful and generous person and architect, who had a profound influence not only on us but on the world of planning and design. Here he is in his own words in the wonderful 2017 oral history he did for us:

James Stewart Polshek - Village Preservation James Stewart Polshek (b. February 11, 1930) has lived in Greenwich Village since 1955, and his career as an architect has included buildings across the globe. His work in Greenwich Village has…

Photos from Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation's post 09/11/2022

Thanks to the generosity of countless neighbors and New Yorkers, we have an incredibly rich collection of photos in our historic image archive connected to 9/11, its aftermath, and the World Trade Center. On this solemn day of remembrance, we share those photos with you, all of which can be found at https://www.villagepreservation.org/?s=9%2F11&post_type%5B%5D=ia_image&post_type%5B%5D=ia_collection

The Origins of Greenwich Village Historic District Street Names: Part IV - Village Preservation 09/10/2022

The Origins of Greenwich Village Historic District Street Names: Part IV - Village Preservation

On this day in 1813, the United States scores an unprecedented naval victory over the British at the Battle of Lake Erie, helping to turn the tide of the War of 1812. That victory is memorialized on one very particular street in Greenwich Village:

The Origins of Greenwich Village Historic District Street Names: Part IV - Village Preservation This is one in a series of posts marking the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Click here to check out our year-long activities and celebrations.

The Slow Death of 523-527 Sixth Avenue and 104-106 West 14th Street - Village Preservation 09/09/2022

The Slow Death of 523-527 Sixth Avenue and 104-106 West 14th Street - Village Preservation

In 2014, the distinctive 1896 Romanesque Revival “witch’s hat” building at 523-527 Sixth Avenue and neighboring elegant 1876 cast iron 104-106 West 14th Street retained a remarkable amount of their character-defining features and architectural integrity. Today the buildings are void of architectural detailing and slated for demolition. What happened? Learn more:

The Slow Death of 523-527 Sixth Avenue and 104-106 West 14th Street - Village Preservation 523-527 Sixth Avenue/104-106 West 14th Street circa 2022 Each day Village Preservation monitors over 6,500 building lots in our neighborhoods for demolition and new building permits.

Our Story

Village Preservation (The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation) was founded in 1980 to preserve the architectural heritage and cultural history of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. Village Preservation is a leader in protecting the sense of place and human scale that define the Village’s unique community.

Our programs include: Educational outreach in the form of public lectures, tours, exhibitions, and publications; a school program that teaches children about Greenwich Village history and architecture; leadership on expanding landmark and zoning protections in our neighborhoods and fighting inappropriate development; preservation projects that promote an understanding of the Village's historic importance, such as the Greenwich Village Preservation Archive, our oral History Project, and our Historic Plaques Program; small business promotion, through our business of the month program; recognition of the community leaders, institutions, businesses, and additions to our streetscapes which add to the special quality of our neighborhoods through our Annual Village Awards; and our Continuing Education program, which teaches real estate professionals about the value of historic preservation.

Village Preservation has successfully advocated for the landmark designation of more than 1,250 buildings in our neighborhoods and has helped secure zoning protections for nearly 100 blocks. Each day Village Preservation monitors more than 6,500 building lots in our neighborhood for demolition, alteration, or new construction permits, so the organization can notify the public and respond if necessary. And each day Village Preservation also monitors the more than 3,000 landmarked properties in our neighborhood for applications for changes which must go through a public review and approval process, to also notify the public and respond as needed. GVSHP also reports and advocates for appropriate resolution of landmarks and zoning violations in our neighborhood, to help protect the special built environment and character.

Each year on the first Sunday in May, Village Preservation holds an Annual Village House Tour and reception, both to raise funds to support our work and to highlight and celebrate the incredible irreplaceable architecture of our neighborhoods.

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