2016 Public Programs & Events

The Character and Social Impact of Places and Neighborhoods

Tuesday, November 15th at 6pm (doors opened at 5:30pm)
The J.M. Kaplan Fund (71 West 23rd Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10010)
RSVP was required through our eventbrite page.
Free, space was limited.

We were thrilled to have had a full house for our conversation about the character of places and neighborhoods that explored the interweaving of history and historic fabric, the arts, and social issues. Moderated by Nick Fish (City Commissioner, Portland, Oregon, and President Emeritus of the St. Mark's Historic Landmark Fund), our distinguished panel considered the agenda for creating and sustaining vibrant, unique neighborhoods for a diverse and equitably engaged citizenry. 

The panel included Sarah Calderon, ArtPlace AmericaRosanne HaggertyCommunity Solutions; Justin Garrett Moore, New York City Public Design Commission; and Sean Sawyer, The Olana Partnership

This program was graciously hosted by The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York City-based family foundation.

For photos of the program, click here, and to watch the videotape recording of the program, click here.


Peg-Leg Pete Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, November 5th at 11am
Starting location: Northeast corner of 14th Street & Irving Place (in front of Apple Bank)
Free, RSVP was required by email at npc@neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org or call (212) 228-2781.

Attendees tested their knowledge about the history of the area which was once Peter Stuyvesant's Bouwerie at this friendly competition! The Hunt included interesting facts about the buildings, people, and culture throughout the East Village neighborhood. This year's Hunt and corresponding Tour focused on the Progressive Era of the 1900s and 1910s. Awards were given in several categories. #PegLegPeteScavengerHunt


NPC 17th Birthday Party
Wednesday, October 5th from 7 - 10pm
Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street, NYC 10003)

We celebrated our 17th Birthday in 70s fashion this year! To see pictures from the event, a list of our sponsors, raffle donors, and more on our Foghat 'Fool for the City' photo shoot, please go here


The Village and Native American History Walking Tour
Saturday, October 1st from 11am - 1pm
Starting location was in the West Village
Free, RSVP required on The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation's website
Books were available for purchase and signature by the author

Evan Pritchard, author of 'Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York,' took us on a journey through the history of Greenwich Village streets and plazas through Native American eyes to show how the indigenous history influences our city streetscapes and public spaces today. Drawing upon archeology, linguistics, and oral and written histories, this walk linked the legacy of the Lenape with luxury and Lincoln.

This program was sponsored by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic PreservationThe Village Alliance, and the Neighborhood Preservation Center.


10th & Stuyvesant Street Block Party
Saturday, September 10th from 10am – 6pm
East 10th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
Free, no RSVP required.

We were thrilled to, once again, meet our neighbors at the 10th & Stuyvesant Streets Block Association's 45th Annual Block Party. The annual event raises awareness of the neighborhood's progress and also, funds for the upkeep of Abe Lebewohl Park & Triangle and the St. Mark's Historic District. The festive event featured live jazz, local antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing and crafts vendors, as well as Veselka's tasty pierogi. We were available to answer questions regarding historic building research.


Building History Detectives: Greenwich Village
Thursday, July 21st from 6:30 – 8pm
Washington Square Institute, 41 East 11th Street (between Broadway and University Place)
Free, RSVP required. To register please call (212) 475-9585, ext. 35 or email rsvp@gvshp.org

Researcher Susan De Vries guided the audience through the process of using various online resources available to find more details of a building’s architectural and social history. This resource guide (copy here) was also distributed during the program. Presented by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

Jane Jacobs Trivia Night
Tuesday, July 19th from 6:30 – 8pm
Burger Joint, 33 West 8th Street (between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas)
Free, RSVP required. To register please call (212) 475-9585, ext. 35 or email rsvp@gvshp.org

Join us for an evening of friendly trivia competition, all Jane Jacobs! This program is a part of the Municipal Art Society’s Celebrating 100 Years of Jane Jacobs and will be hosted by special guest emcee, Jim O'Grady (@jimog), a Jane Jacobs guru! Help us to remember the centennial of her birth by learning more than you ever thought possible on the famous author and urban activist. A raffle will take place after trivia and will include prizes from local businesses. Drinks and food will be available for purchase at the venue. Presented by The Village Alliance, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

Gardens Tour with NYCCGC
Monday, July 11th at 6pm (rain date TBD)
Meeting place: La Plaza Community Garden (9th Street & Avenue C)
Free, RSVP required. Limit of 12 attendees. To register please call (212) 228-2781 or email npc@neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org.

Join us for a personal tour of  a Lower East Side community garden by the New York City Community Garden Coalition, led by Executive Director Aziz Dehkan and President of LUNGS Charles KrezellNYCCGC has received a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding to undertake a feasibility study and develop a Master Plan on best practices to capture storm water within the 47 community gardens of the Lower East Side. Gardens Rising, the working title of this study, includes many of the gardens that experienced severe flooding during Super Storm Sandy. The tour will explore the issues that these gardens face along with providing an opportunity to learn about storm water management projects by individual gardens.


Creative Placemaking – What’s it all about?
Wednesday, June 8, program at 6:30pmdoors opened at 6:15pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street)
Free, Space was limited and RSVP encouraged.

Executive Director of ArtPlace America, Jaime Bennett, talked about creative placemaking and the work of ArtPlace America that furthers the role of arts and culture in community planning and development. Jaime generously shared several documents with us: an article on creative placemaking and a video of Jaime's TedTalk


Peg Leg Pete ‘Comeback’ Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 21, at 11am
Starting location was Abe Lebewohl Park (intersection of 10th Street and Second Avenue)
Free, RSVP Encouraged. 

A special spring edition of our hunt will offer our very first Scavenger Hunt from 2009, but in a new exciting and interactive format. Test your knowledge of the history and the buildings within the footprint of what was once Peter Stuyvesant’s farm. This program is offered in celebration of Lower East Side History Month.


Positively 8th Street Fair

Saturday, May 14, 12 - 6pm
8th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues

This Annual Street Fair, sponsored by the Village Alliance, celebrated all things Greenwich Village including culture, music, arts, local businesses, and community groups. There were many visitors to our table who were able to obtain information about the history of the neighborhood and were able to ask building research questions.

Volunteer Fair
Saturday, May 14, 11am - 2pm
Manny Cantor Center (197 East Broadway)

Hosted by FABnyc as part of the Lower East Side History Month celebrations, the Volunteer Fair provided a chance for local institutions, organizations, and residents to meet and discuss opportunities for partnerships and future programming. Our table provided printed materials and we are happy to have met so many of our fellow neighbors! See more information about the event here


Networking Event with APTNE, featuring a presentation by The S.S. Columbia Project
Thursday, May 5, 6 - 8pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street)
$10 per person, space was limited and registration required
Presentation was followed by light refreshments

We were happy to host our first collaborative event with the Association for Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter      (APTNE). The evening was full of socializing with fellow local preservationists, learning about the work of APTNE, and enjoying a presentation by Liz McEnaney, Executive Director of the S.S. Columbia Project (an NPC incubator group). SSCP's vision is the restoration of the 1902 S.S. Columbia steamship in order to provide all New Yorkers and visitors with access to the waterfront once again.

Exploring Jewish New York: History, Places & Food - a book presentation with Paul M. Kaplan
Monday, May 2, 7 - 9pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street)
$5 per person, space was limited and registration required
Books were available for purchase and signature by the author

The Neighborhood Preservation Center was thrilled to co-sponsored this book talk with The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy in honor or Lower East Side History Month, with author Paul M. Kaplan as he discussed his book Exploring Jewish New York: History, Places & Food. Kaplan explored Jewish immigration in New York City through the history and contributions made by this community in different neighborhoods. Such places of focus included museums, places of historic significance, restaurants, synagogues, and entertainment venues.

Lower East Side History Month (May 2016)

Events provided throughout the month by a wide array of organizations celebrating the rich and diverse history and significance of the Lower East Side. Events and programs exploring how our history informs and inspires our future included such favorites as the chalking of historic tidbits around the neighborhood.  Visit the LES History Month website for the more information.
#LESmonth #LESstories


Preservation League of New York State & NYSCA Grants Information Session

Friday, February 5 from 12 - 1pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003
Co-sponsored with the Historic Districts Council.

The Neighborhood Preservation Center hosted an information session for not-for-profit groups and municipalities on Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), the signature grant programs of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Erin Tobin, the League’s Director of Preservation, explained the requirements of the grants, the process of applying, and discussed some successful previous applicants.

This program also included a presentation by Kristin Herron, Arts Program Director for Architecture + Design at NYSCA, who briefly reviewed funding opportunities for General Operating and Project Support for FY2017. 

Information about the session can be found here

NPC Night at the MOFAD Lab
Tuesday, February 2 from 6-8pm
MOFAD Lab, 62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Tickets were $40.

The Neighborhood Preservation Center invited guests to celebrate ‘Night at the MOFAD Lab!’ The Museum of Food and Drink is New York City’s first food museum with exhibits you can eat.  Conceived in 2012, it aims to be a global leader in food education, featuring innovative exhibits and programs that demonstrate how exciting (and important) it is to learn and care about the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink. MOFAD incubated at the Neighborhood Preservation Center from May 2012 until August 2015, so we were particularly excited to celebrate its recent brick-and-mortar move. The MOFAD Lab, a 5,000 square-foot design and exhibition studio, opened to the public this past October in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  This space offers visitors an interactive experience and in-depth look at topics, such as their current exhibit, Flavor:  Making it and Faking It. The evening’s program included a private opening of the MOFAD Lab, led by Executive Director Peter Kim, and a small reception. To view photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page or photo album. Our thanks the evening's sponsors: 

Five Acre Farms
Katherine Moore at USQ
Redhead Hot Sauce

Protect & Celebration: A Slideshow and Lecture with Jane Weissman 
Community Murals of the 1970s & 1980s on the Lower East Side and the East & West Villages
Tuesday, January 5 from 6:30 - 8pm
Sixth Street Community Center, 638 East 6th Street between Avenues B & C

Co-sponsored with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

If you were unable to attend you can watch the video of the lecture here.