Protecting the sense of place and human scale that define the Village’s unique community.
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 is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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 we monitor more than 6,500 building lots in our neighborhood for demolition, alteration, or new construction permits, to notify the public and respond if necessary.
And each day we monitor 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. We also report and advocate for appropriate resolution of landmarks and zoning violations in our neighborhoods, to help protect the special built environment and character.
Mission in Action
- Educational outreach including public lectures, tours, exhibitions, and publications
- School program that teaches children about Greenwich Village history and architecture
- Continuing Education program, which teaches real estate professionals about the value of historic preservation
- Small business promotion, through our Business of the Month program
- Leadership on expanding landmark and zoning protections in our neighborhoods and fighting inappropriate development
- Preservation projects that promote an understanding of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo’s historic importance, such as our Historic Preservation Archive, our Oral History Project, and our Historic Plaques 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