Village Preservation is a leader in preserving the architectural heritage and cultural history of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

Founded in 1980, Village Preservation works to document, celebrate, and preserve the special architectural and cultural heritage of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.


Village Preservation continues to fight for and win protections for our neighborhoods.

  • Secured designation of eleven new historic (landmark) districts and district extensions throughout Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo
  • Won designation of scores of individual landmarks throughout our neighborhoods, for more than 1,250 total buildings landmarked
  • Fought for and got zoning protections for nearly one hundred blocks in the East and West Village, from the Hudson River to Avenue D.
  • Secured groundbreaking landmark designations honoring LGBT, African American, Women’s, immigrant, and countercultural history, affordable housing developments, and modern architecture.
Our Charity Ratings

Village Preservation consistently exceeds Better Business Bureau guidelines for charities for the portion of our income that goes toward program activities. Our spending on fundraising activities is also consistently far less than the maximum percentage of income for charities recommended under BBB guidelines.

Village Preservation in the Press


“The fact that Village Preservation staffers monitor applications daily for changes to landmarked properties means we no longer have to keep round-the-clock watch on the St. Mark’s Historic District; they notify us when the fox is in the chicken coop.”

“The tenants are especially grateful to Village Preservation for its support over all that time, including numerous appearances before the Board of Standards and Appeals and a willingness to meet with other supporters and offer advice and opportunities for outreach within and beyond our community.”

“We got in touch with Village Preservation, and their executive director…he was such an inspiration – he knew what to do, he prepared us for all the public hearings, and he always took the time to talk to us and answer all our questions.

I enjoy receiving updates from Village Preservation, and I am always astounded at what an energetic organization they are. I will continue to support them as they do their amazing job fighting to preserve the landscape and character of Greenwich Village.”

“Village Preservation protects our neighborhood’s beautiful buildings and streetscapes. Village Preservation nurtures the community of people (residents and non-residents) who care about Greenwich Village. Also, Village Preservation advocates for Greenwich Village effectively at every turn. I am proud to be a member of Village Preservation and depend on the organization to preserve the community where I love to live.”