Happy Holidays from Village Preservation — You Make Our Work Possible

Dear Friend,

Village Preservation’s mission is to document, celebrate, and preserve the special architectural and cultural heritage of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. That means everything from protecting historic buildings and parks to supporting small businesses and local cultural, educational, and community institutions. It means sharing and honoring a history made up of trailblazers and innovators; immigrants and outsiders; artists and artisans; thinkers and doers.

It’s a history and a heritage that’s irreplaceable, timeless, and more relevant now than ever. But it’s also vulnerable, under extreme pressure, and too easily overlooked or erased.

That’s why we’re here — to ensure that spirit, and this place, continues.

But we can’t do it without you. Your generosity  makes everything we do possible — more than 80% of our support comes from individuals like you.

As we turn the page on 2022 and begin a new year, I hope you’ll consider a gift to keep Village Preservation and our work strong in 2023. 

Andrew Berman
Executive Director

What Village Preservation Does

  • Secured landmark designation of over 1,250 buildings, including a dozen historic districts and district extensions, and scores of individual landmarks, across Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo 
  • Won zoning protections for nearly 100 blocks of our neighborhoods, from the Hudson River to Avenue D
  • Monitor every one of over 6,500 buildings lots in our neighborhoods every day for demolition, alteration, and new construction applications, and every one of over 3,500 landmarked properties for applications for changes 
  • Help support hundreds of local small businesses and cultural and community institutions with our Village Awards, Business of the Month Programs, and other small business promotion programs
  • Conduct hundreds of public programs celebrating and sharing the history of our neighborhoods
  • Create a myriad of online resources, accessed by over a million people annually, about the history and architecture of our neighborhoods, from virtual tours to image archives, oral histories to our blog, and more
  • Serve tens of thousands of young people from across NYC, regardless of ability to pay, in our first-of-its-kind Children’s Education Program
  • Advocate for action by city agencies to address landmark, zoning, and building violations in our neighborhoods
  • Track, share, and review scores of applications for proposed changes to landmarked buildings in our neighborhoods every year, so the public can be informed and participate in the decision-making process
  • Push for groundbreaking landmark designations that honor civil rights histories, including LGBTQ+, African American, and women’s, and offer resources and programming that emphasize our neighborhoods’ diverse histories and special role in social justice and politically and culturally progressive movements
  • Place nearly two dozen plaques marking historically significant sites across Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo 

In 2022, we:

Village Voices, Julius’, and Woody Guthrie in our Civil Rights and Social Justice Map

Top photo: Washington Square Park Conservancy

December 21, 2022