2015 Public Programs & Events

Holiday Book Fair
Monday, December 14, 5-7pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
The Resident Partners of the Neighborhood Preservation Center - the Historic Districts Council, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and St. Mark's Historic Landmark Fund - hosted a Holiday Book Fair, open to the public. Books available for purchase included: Old Buildings, New FormsNew York NeonMorningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and DevelopmentGreenwich Village StoriesEast Village: Lens on the Lower East Side; and many more! Thank you to those who were able to attend and help celebrate the season while finding the perfect gift for everyone on their list - all while providing vital support to the organizations that call the Neighborhood Preservation Center home. 
Legacy City Preservation: A National Conversation on Innovation + Practice
Tuesday, December 8,  6-8:30pm
A free pubic event Legacy City Preservation: A National Conversation on Innovation + Practice organized by the Legacy Cities Partnership at The American Assembly, the Preservation Rightsizing Network, the Cleveland Restoration Society, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs, and the event host Rutgers University - Newark. 
The event celebrated the release of Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities and showcase the breadth of work underway in legacy cities to make them more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable while preserving their heritage. After an overview of the Action Agenda and work underway in Newark, a lineup of leading practitioners will highlight innovative preservation projects that are revitalizing legacy cities through a series of Pecha Kucha-style talks. For more information visit the event website#legacycitypres 
The Neighborhood Preservation Center is pleased to have been one of the sponsors.
Book Talk: St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street
Thursday, December 3. Doors open at 6pm, Book Talk at 6:30pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street
Author and Journalist Ada Calhoun talked about her new bookSt. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street, and the history, people, and stories that make St. Marks the hippest street in America.
" I love this funny, sad, amazing book. From the Peter Stuyvesants to Emma Goldmans to Janis Joplins, to the Richard Hells and the Phoebe Legers, Manic Panic and places to buy Quaaludes and vintage shoes. St. Marks Place is the most interest street in the world, because it doesn't try to be. It's abnormal and impossible and ugly and sexy and annoying and inspiring. And the story was written by a St. Marks child, which is probably the only way it could've been told. "  — Colin Quinn
Ada Calhoun has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Time, and The New York Post as a crime reporter.  She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and a collaborator on multiple New York Times bestsellers. Ada was raised in the East Village on St. Marks Place and in 2014 proved her neighborhood history chops winning the annual Peg-Leg Pete Scavenger Hunt. #StMarksIsDead
Storefronts and Stories: A Talk with Photographers James and Karla Murray
Monday, November 23, Book Talk at 5:30pm
Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway between 25th & 26th Streets 
The Neighborhood Preservation Center and Rizzoli Bookstore hosted evening with photographers James and Karla Murray, interviewed by urbanist and journalist Karen Loew to celebrate the publication of STORE FRONT II. A History Preserved: The Disappearing Face of New York.
James and Karla Murray have been capturing memorable images from the streets of New York City since the 1990s. STORE FRONT II chronicles their continued efforts to document a little-known but vitally important cross-section of New York's "mom and pop" economy. In conversation with urbanist Karen Loew whose efforts have focused on small business preservation,they will discuss their work, the role of small businesses in the fabric of New York City's neighborhoods, the growing corporate culture of the city, and most of all - the fascinating stories of the people behind the store fronts. If you were not able to attend the program, you can watch the recording of it here#StoreFrontsAndStories

Peg-Leg Pete Scavenger Hunt  

Saturday, November 14 at 11am
Starting place: Intersection of Bowery & Bleeker (southwest corner)
Free, registration encouraged. 
This annual event invited teams to a friendly competition around the area of Peter Stuyvesant's Bouwerie to test their knowledge of history and learn interesting facts about the neighborhood's buildings, people, and culture. This year's hunt focused on the 1980s. Awards were given in several categories to the participating teams. You can read this year's Peg-Leg Pete Tour here, along with take the Scavenger Hunt on your own here (just send us your hunt so we can check your answers and let you know how you did!). For past hunt information, click here. This program was part of 5 Dutch Days#PegLegPeteScavengerHunt
NPC Birthday Party
Wednesday, October 21, 7-10pm
Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street)
One of our biggest celebrations yet, our annual Birthday Party welcomed over 140 guests to celebrate 16 years of the Neighborhood Preservation Center's work. For more information, click here, and for photos, view our Google Photo Album.
10th & Stuyvesant Streets Block Party
Saturday, September 12, 10am-6pm
10th Street between Second & Third Avenues
Free to the public
This year's 10th & Stuyvesant Streets Block Party was one of the busiest yet. The street was filled with great vendors, entertaining music, wonderful conversations, and delicious perogies! It was indeed a celebration of the neighborhood: it's residents, businesses, organizations, and history. We were pleased to speak with many people interested in neighborhood history, improvement and protection. Our thanks to the 10th & Stuyvesant Streets Block Association for inviting us to participate once again. To view our photo album from the event, click here.   

"Best Of" Peg-Leg Pete Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6pm
Starting place: Neighborhood Preservation Center
Free, but registration was encouraged

A first of it's kind, this scavenger hunt took place during the summer season and led competitors to locations within the footprint of what was once Peter Stuyvesant's farm. As a celebration of the previous five hunts, all clues and highlights were taken from our past Peg-Leg Pete Bouwerie Tours. The weather was perfect, awards were given, and a great time was had by all! 

Utrecht Peer Exchange
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9am
Neighborhood Preservation Center
Free, but RSVPs were encouraged

The Center invited representatives 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 sixth annual exchange. Speakers included representatives from New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Greenwich Village Society for Historic PreservationFourth Arts BlockNo Longer Empty, and Washington Square Park Conservancy participated. Each presentation was followed by a short Q&A session, while more detailed conversations took place casually between students and presenters prior to their departure.

Positively 8th Street Festival
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 1 - 6pm
The block of 8th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
Free to the public

NPC participated in this annual festival, sponsored by the Village Alliance, that featured art, food, games, live music, and children's activities. Our volunteers were able to provide our building history resource guide (see below for description and copy) and answer any questions in regards to this topic. We welcomed many visitors and enjoyed the beautiful day with our 'booth neighbors" - the Washington Square Park Conservancy and Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

Building History Detective: Greenwich Village
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6:30 - 8pm
Washington Square Institute (41 East 11th Street, between Broadway and University Place)
Free but reservations were required

Researcher Susan De Vries led the audience through the process of using online resources to find details of a building's architectural and social history, focusing on the Greenwich Village neighborhood. NPC was able to provide the attendees a resource sheet highlighting the resources discussed. Click here for a copy of this resource guide.

Along with NPC, this program was presented by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the Village Alliance

Photo © Iwan Baan

Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century: A Symposium 

Monday, April 20, 2015, 5:30-9:00 pm
@ New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this program.
Photo © Iwan Baan
On the eve of the opening of Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, the Museum of the City of New York celebrated its newest exhibition with a multi-disciplinary symposium. A panel of distinguished speakers explored the challenges and opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. What role will preservation play in keeping New York a dynamic global city? How will preservation law and practice continue to adapt over time? The panel included Vishaan ChakrabartiAIA, Director, Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate, Roberta Brandes Gratz, Urban Critic and Journalist, Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic, The New York Times, Steven Spinola, President, Real Estate Board of New York, and Robert A. M. SternFAIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University, and it was moderated by Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Former CEO, 
American Academy in Rome.

The symposium is made possible through the generous support of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and is co-presented with AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, AIANY Historic Building Committee, Art Deco Society of New York, The Beaux Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Historical Society, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, CUNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Docomomo US/New York Tri-State, Gotham Center for New York City History, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Historic Districts Council, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Judd Foundation, The Municipal Art Society, New York School of Interior Design, Neighborhood Preservation Center, NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, New York Landmarks Conservancy, New York Preservation Archive Project, Pratt Institute, and Society of Architectural Historians.


Image: Mayor Robert F. Wagner signing the Landmarks Law; Photograph by Margot Gayle 

Toast the Landmarks Law
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3-5pm
219 Second Avenue, btw. East 13th & East 14th Streets
The program was free and open to the public.

On April 19, 1965, Mayor Robert F. Wagner signed the New York City Landmarks Law, which finally provided legal protection for the City's treasured buildings and neighborhoods. Fifty years later, over 33,000 special places throughout the City are protected as individual landmarks, interior landmarks, scenic landmarks, or as part of 114 historic districts.

Join in toasting the success of this groundbreaking piece of legislation, exactly 50 years to the day it was signed. Birthday cake will be provided (it's a celebration, after all)! And as part of the festivities, there will be a screening of WNET's Treasures of New York: The Landmarks Preservation Movement, which documents the tireless work of preservationists before and after the passage of the Landmarks Law. Celebrities from the preservation world, featured in the documentary, will be on hand to discuss the portrayal of the field in the program, and givetheir thoughts on the last 50 years of preservation in New York City. 

This program is co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive ProjectHistoric Districts Council, and Neighborhood Preservation Center.

Image: Mayor Robert F. Wagner signing the Landmarks Law; Photograph by Margot Gayle 

How to be a History Detective: 
Using high tech tools and old-fashioned sleuthing to uncover the history of the UWS buildings
Monday, March 16, 2015 at Hostelling International
The program was a free public program. 

This workshop taught participants how to research the history of a building, school, church, synagogue, or favorite example of UWS architecture. The program included a Research Tools Lecture (approx. one hour) by Anthony W. Robins, architectural historian, author and lecturer and a Brief Overview of Neighborhood Building Typology (approx. 15 minutes) by Susan De Vries, consultant/historic preservation and NYC history. The presentations were followed by optional One-on-one Sessions (limited to 10 minutes each) with one of our research volunteers who further  assisted individual research questions. A research resource sheet tailored with resources for the Bloomingdale neighborhood was distributed along with a map developed by Landmark West!, copies of which were generously provided by LW! for the program. Click here for a copy of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Resource Sheet.  

For photos from the program, visit our Facebook page. This program was done in partnership with the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group and also sponsored by the Columbus Amsterdam BID and Hostelling International.