Take Action on an Advocacy Campaign

Restore Cuts to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Budget

Mayor Adams preliminary proposed budget once again slashes funding to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. In 2022 we were able to successfully rally for full restoration of all the Mayor’s proposed cuts, and we must fight for the same now. Otherwise our city’s history, fragile landmarks, small-property owners, and residents and businesses located in historic buildings will suffer. 

Make Sure the Cap on the Size of New Residential Developments in NYC Isn’t Removed in the State Budget

The State Senate and Assembly have rejected the proposal by Governor Hochul, Mayor Adams, and the Real Estate lobby to remove the cap on the size of allowable new residential development in NYC in their “one-house” budget proposals. Now we have to ensure it stays out of the final budget that must be passed by April 1.

Save Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, NYC’s First Spanish Church

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 229-231 West 14th Street, established in 1921, was New York City’s first church for a Spanish-speaking congregation or for congregants from the Spanish-speaking world. Unfortunately, the church is now endangered. The City should act as soon as possible to landmark this historic structure, before the opportunity to do so is lost.

Remarkable Film History Is One More Reason to Landmark South of Union Square

The incredibly important role the area of Greenwich Village and the East Village South of Union Square has played in over a century of the development of the film industry is just one more reason this endangered historic area needs and deserves landmark protection.

City Must Stop the Destruction of Landmarked Buildings

We’ve seen a disturbing and growing trend of damage to and destruction of landmarked properties on the city’s watch, including most recently 10 Fifth Avenue, yet another landmarked early 19th-century house in Greenwich Village. Join us to demand real reform that will prevent more demolitions of landmarked properties, and to protect buildings like 10 Fifth Avenue.

Recognize and Preserve Black History Landmarks

Village Preservation has been waging campaigns to seek landmark designation for key Black history sites in Greenwich Village and the East Village that are unprotected and vulnerable to demolition. These sites represent the rich array of African American history in our neighborhoods over the last 200 years, from battles for abolition, civil rights, and voting rights, to vibrant cultural, literary, artistic, and musical movements. Much of this history has been overlooked, ignored, or undervalued.

The City Must Fight the NYU SoHo/NoHo Expansion Lawsuit

Tell the Mayor and the City Council that they must vigorously fight NYU’s lawsuit to overturn key provisions in the SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown rezoning plan that bar the university from expanding in our communities.

Stop the Siting of Oversized and Unnecessary 5G Towers in Our Neighborhood

Demand the City rethink its program to place ungainly, 32-ft.-tall Link NYC 5G towers in our community; consider impacts upon landmarks and historic districts; allow for true public review and input; and stop the installation of huge concentrations of these towers in areas where they are clearly not needed and would have unmitigated negative impacts.

Save the Historic Eye and Ear Infirmary at 13th Street and Second Avenue!

The historic Eye and Ear Infirmary at 13th Street and Second Avenue is in danger of being lost forever. This striking building housed what is the oldest specialized hospital in the Western Hemisphere, founded in 1820 by two doctors known as the “fathers of American ophthalmology.” This institution became an icon of comprehensive and accessible care for the public. Unfortunately the building’s fate is now clouded. This striking piece of our city’s history deserves to be spared from the wrecking ball and designated a landmark.

Demand the City Stop Demolitions of Landmarked Buildings

Over the past year we’ve seen a disturbing trend of the city allowing demolition of landmarked buildings and buildings under consideration for landmark designation, from Harlem to Greenwich Village, Bedford Stuyvesant to the Upper East Side. Sign our letter to demand real reform that will prevent more demolitions of landmarked properties.

With Julius’ Landmarked, City Must Protect Other Civil Rights and Social Justice Sites

The city just landmarked Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street after a 10-year campaign by Village Preservation. The action should be commended, but there are still many more historic sites connected to the struggles and histories of LGBTQ+ people, African Americans, women, people with disabilities, and many others that need landmark protection.

Demand Overdue Reform and Enforcement Following 14 Gay Street Debacle

After years of neglect, violations, complaints, and faulty work, a new owner with an established bad track record has performed what the city calls illegal work on the 200-year-old landmarked 14 Gay Street. This should never have been allowed to happen. Demand that the City must take swift action here and to reform its processes to ensure the safety of other landmarked and equally fragile properties.

Save 813 + 815 Broadway and the Proposed South of Union Square Historic District

Support landmark designation of the endangered, historic 813 and 815 Broadway, and the entire proposed South of Union Square Historic District. These two buildings are of extraordinary significance to New York and American history.

Councilmember Carlina Rivera, the old St. Denis Hotel at 11th Street and Broadway, and the building at 799 Broadway that replaced it.

Tell Councilmember Rivera to Finally Keep Her Promise to Support Needed Protections for the Neighborhood She Represents

When she ran for City Council in 2017, Councilmember Rivera publicly pledged that she would not support the Mayor’s Tech Hub plan unless it came along with comprehensive zoning or landmark protections for the surrounding neighborhood. Four years later, she has not only not secured a single additional neighborhood protection, she has failed to publicly support a single one.

Preserve + Protect Women’s History Landmarks South of Union Square

Recognize and protect more than 20 women’s history sites South of Union Square and support designation of the area as a historic district as proposed by Village Preservation.

Landmark 50 West 13th Street, Home of 19th-Century Abolitionist and Voting Rights Crusader Jacob Day

The 1846 house at 50 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, home of 19th-century African American voting rights and civil rights crusader Jacob Day as well as the 13th Street Repertory Theater, is endangered. We must renew our push to preserve and protect the building.

Recognize and Protect LGBTQ+ Landmarks South of Union Square

There is a rich array of sites connected to LGBTQ+ history in the area of Greenwich Village and the East Village South of Union Square that lack landmark protections. As a result, these enormously important historic sites are vulnerable to compromise or demolition, and more are being lost every day. Send a message that we must protect or support protections for this incredibly important and underrepresented history

Don’t Destroy Our Neighborhoods with Unnecessary or Overblown Zoning Changes

The Mayor has released a three-pronged plan for changing zoning regulations and development rules for NYC. Send a message to the Mayor, the City Council, and other city officials that improving sustainability, regulations for small businesses, and opportunities for truly affordable housing are all important goals to work toward — but they can’t be an excuse for real estate giveaways, unnecessarily oversized developments, and removal of regulations on businesses that help protect neighborhoods.

City Officials Must Be Held Accountable for Gansevoort Demolition Deception

Freedom of Information requests reveal that city agencies hid expert opinions that the nine landmarked 1840s houses at 44-54 Ninth Avenue/351-55 West 14th Street could have been been preserved rather than having their facades demolished. This type of deception, hiding of information, and government by lobbyists is unacceptable, and all involved must be held accountable.

Preserve one of NY’s “Seven to Save” — Landmark #SouthOfUnionSquare NOW!

The proposed South of Union Square Historic District has been named one of New York State’s “Seven to Save” — one of the seven most important endangered historic sites in all of New York State. Tell our city’s leaders — via email, tweet, or both — that they need to act immediately and support landmark designation of this area.

Urge City Officials to deliver on their ‘Equity Framework’ and landmark 285-287 East 3rd Street

Tell the Landmarks Preservation Commission to take immediate action in honoring the legacy of Steve Cannon with 285-287 East 3rd Street’s designation as a landmark.

Save the Merchant’s House Museum

Proposed construction next door to the Merchant’s House Museum could do grave damage to this historic and vital public resource.

Expand Landmark Protections in the East Village

Urge the LPC Chair to to support significantly expanded landmark protections in the East Village, as advocated for by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and a broad coalition of neighborhood and preservation organizations.