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Make Sure Preservation Has a Future

This has been a year like no other. We lost friends, loved ones, and local small businesses. We had to find new ways to reach our members, the public, and decision-makers. Education programs and fundraisers went virtual.

But COVID-19 wasn’t the only source of challenges we faced. The Mayor put forward an unprecedented upzoning plan for SoHo and NoHo that would allow massive oversized development and push out local small businesses for giant big box chain stores. City officials made clear they intend to replicate this plan for other neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and the East Village. And from the West Village to East, developers continued to put forward plans that would destroy our history and replace it with oversized, out-of-character development.

In spite of this, we accomplished a tremendous amount this year, including:

We’ve got a lot to do in the coming year. We need to secure landmark protections for vulnerable areas of Greenwich Village and the East Village. We need to prevent approvals for inappropriate demolitions and new development in our landmark districts. And we need to ensure that upzonings and allowances for mega-retail chain stores aren’t approved in SoHo and NoHo, and the rest of our neighborhoods.

With your help, we can do it. With your help, we have secured landmark protections for over 1,250 buildings, and zoning protections for nearly 100 blocks of our neighborhood. With your help, we reach thousands of people each year with our educational programs and tens of thousands with our virtual resources that spread knowledge and appreciation of the incredible architecture and history of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

Make Sure Preservation Has A Future in 2021

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