2014 Public Programs & Events


Peg-Leg Pete Scavenger Hunt  
Saturday, November 8 at 11am
Starting place: on the southeast corner of 17th Street & Irving Place in Manhattan.
Free, but registration was encouraged. 
This annual friendly & free competition took teams around some of the area and tested their knowledge of history and the buildings within the footprint of what was once Peter Stuyvesant's farm. Some clues were taken from our past Peg-Leg Pete Bouwerie Tours as well as our newest tour, the Beatnik Edition (which looks at the area in the 1940s & 50s), that was made public on this day. Award were given to the quickest  team, most accurate sketches, best 1940s -50s themed costume, among others. Teams had a great time and it was a perfect chance to enjoy the fall weather while learning more about the places we walk past everyday. To view photos of the teams, visit our Facebook page. This program was part of  5 Dutch Days.
219 Second Avenue, btw. E. 13th & E. 14th Sts
Doors opened at 6pm/Screening at 7pm/Short program at 7:30pm


A rare screening of Our Vanishing Legacy, the first prime-time broadcast advocating preservation efforts in New York City. First aired on WCBS-TV on September 21, 1961, the short film looks at threats to the City's architectural heritage prior to the passage of the Landmarks Law in 1965, effectively arguing the need to enact legislation to protect significant buildings. The film explores what were then "unofficial" landmarks, including Carnegie Hall, which had been recently saved from demolition, the prospects for the adaptive reuse of the Jefferson Market Courthouse, and commercial threats to the architectural integrity of Grand Central Terminal. From a vandalized Old Merchant's House downtown to encroaching white brick apartment buildings uptown, this rarely-seen footage is remarkable to behold. Following the screening, Gordon Hyatt, the film's award-winning writer and producer, answered questions and shared reflections on the making of the film. 


Co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project, the Neighborhood Preservation Center, Historic Districts CouncilPreservation Alumni, and Pratt Historic Preservation Alumni. The program was part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of New York City's Landmarks Law.   






OHNY Weekend

Sunday, October 12, 11am-4pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center

During OHNY Weekend, we opened the first floor of the Historic Flagg Rectory for self-guided tours and, in cooperation with St. Mark's Church, the Church's West Yard was open to explore and experience. An exhibit on the Rectory building's history was on view and NPC resources were also available to help anyone conducting their own building research. For photos, visit our FaceBook page here.

NPC Birthday Party!

Wednesday, October 8, 7-10pm at Webster Hall

Our annual celebration fundraiser, which seems to get bigger each year! A huge thanks to our sponsors, raffle sponsors, host committee and volunteers. Click here for details and our photo album.
Social Media Workshop: CIRCA School
Sessions held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center

for Real Estate Professionals  - Tuesday September 16, 6:30-8pm

for Architects, Engineers, & Preservation Professionals - Tuesday September 23, 6:30-8pm

for Neighborhood Preservation Nonprofits & Grassroots Groups - Tuesday September 30, 6:30-8pm  



Over the course of three Tuesdays in September, the Neighborhood Preservation Center partnered with the real estate website CIRCA to host three workshops targeted to assist real estate professionals; architects, engineers, planners and preservation consultants; and neighborhood preservation non-profits and grassroots groups on how to launch or enhance social media presence.   
Utrecht Peer Exchange
Friday, June 13, 9am at the Neighborhood Preservation Center

The Center invited interns from organizations and agencies around the city to share their work with a group of students in urban geography from Utrecht University. This was our fifth annual exchange. In addition to the Center's intern, interns from Center for an Urban FutureNew York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, New York Preservation Archive Project, and Project for Public Spaces participated. The presentations were followed by a conversation in which the students and interns discussed the field of urbanism and the specifics of New York City urban life. Click here to see photos from the program.


Jacques Marchais and The Tibetan Museum
Wednesday, May 21, 6:30pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
Executive Director, Meg Ventrudo, and Board member, Tenzing Chadotsang, talked about the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art -- the site, its collection, and its history. Established in 1945, the Museum was founded by the pioneering American woman Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an important collector and respected expert on Tibetan art. Designed by Marchais, the rustic complex of fieldstone buildings resembles a small Tibetan mountain monastery. These historic buildings represent the first Himalayan style architecture to be built in the United States, and it was the first museum in the world solely devoted to Tibetan art. For the written summary of the evening's lecture, click here.

The Rise and Fall of Penn Station Screening Party

Tuesday, February 18, 7:30pm at Professor Thom's Bar and Restaurant

Preservationists, architects, and urbanists of every variety came in the hundreds to see the debut of PBS’s American Experience documentary, The Rise and Fall of Penn Station. After a brief introduction by Tony Wood, Peter Samton said a few words to the crowd about his experience on the picket line outside of the original Penn Station. He spoke of New York City before the preservation movement and the challenges of saving a building – even one as beautiful as Penn Station – in a time when so many were focused on development. After the speeches, the crowd divided itself between the two floors of the bar, and as the clock struck nine o’clock, the lights came down and the documentary began. One wonders if a record had been set for the “World’s Quietest Sports Bar” as images of the old Penn Station flickered across the screen in black and white. Hundreds of people stared fixedly at their TVs as if seeing Penn Station’s glorious construction and infamous destruction for the first time. Once the program had ended and the lights had come up, we parted ways, filled with wisdom, nachos, and the feeling that something very strange and very wonderful had taken place. Old friends who had met serendipitously at the event waved goodbye while new friends exchanged numbers. Pitchers of beer came out as PBS made way for ESPN and Professor Thom’s became a sports bar once again.

The Neighborhood Preservation Center was pleased to co-sponsor this event with the New York Preservation Archive ProjectHistoric Districts CouncilNew York Landmarks ConservancyPratt Historic Preservation AlumniPreservation Alumni, and Young City Coalition. Thank you also to the staff of Professor Thom’s Bar and Restaurant. This program was part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of New York City’s Landmark Law.