Past Programs & Events

2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Lower East Side Arts Open House at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
Monday, October 7th (4 - 5:30pm)
232 East 11th Street
Free and open to the public, RSVP was recommended but not required. 
Housed in the historic Rectory of St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery, visitors joined us along with Village PreservationHistoric Districts CouncilMore Art, and Sane Energy Project for this open house to learn about each of our work and get a special look at this historic building! 

Completed in 1901, the Rectory was designed by Ernest Flagg in the Beaux Arts style and restored after a major fire in 1988. Sponsored by the St. Mark's Historic Landmark Fund, NPC was established and became resident in 1999. 

This was a special opportunity to speak with staff members about their exciting missions and upcoming programs! 

For further information on the other events and organizations participating in this weeks-long Open House event led by Fourth Arts Block, please see their website

The event was hosted in the Center's first floor meeting rooms. Please press buzzer #1 to be allowed into the building. 


10th & Stuyvesant Streets Block Party
Saturday, September 7th (10am - 6pm)
East 10th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Free and open to the public

We were thrilled to once again be a part of the 10th & Stuyvesant Streets Block Association's 48th Annual Block Party! This event raised awareness of the neighborhood's progress and funds for the upkeep of Abe Lebewohl Park & Triangle and the St. Mark's Historic District. 
This festive event featured live jazz, local antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing and craft vendors, as well as Veselka's tasty pierogi! We had information on the neighborhood's history and were available to answer questions regarding historic building research.

Preservation Trivia Night

Wednesday, August 21st at 6pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street)
Free, Space was limited, RSVP required

We were happy to host this fun-filled night of NYC History and Preservation Trivia! Led by the Historic Districts Council, this event was co-sponsored by Village Preservation, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, New York Preservation Archive Project, Landmark West!, The Municipal Art Society of New York, Historic House Trust, 6sqft, Urban Archive, and the Neighborhood Preservation Center. 


Positively 8th Street Fair

Saturday, June 8th (1 - 7pm)
West 8th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues
Free and open to the public

This Street Festival, sponsored annually by the Village Alliance, celebrated all things Greenwich Village including its culture, history, arts, local businesses, and community groups. Attendees enjoyed the live music, food, vendors, and visited our table! We were there to provide information on the history of the neighborhood, building research, and self-guided walking tours. We always look forward to meeting more of our neighbors and history enthusiasts! #positively8thstreet

Aerialists & Explorers: Unconventional Engagement with Historic Preservation Practice

Thursday, May 30th at 6pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street)
Space was limited, RSVP required, $10 to attend

NPC was pleased to host this collaborative event with the Association for Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter (APTNE). Attendees socialized with fellow local preservationists while enjoying a presentation and conversation curated by Mary Kay Judy, architectural conservator and preservation consultant, on contemporary artists' unconventional engagement with historic preservation practice. Mary Kay Judy was joined by Amanda Topaz, former aerial artist, and Lucinda Grange, an urban explorer adventure photographer.
Amanda Topaz is a former aerial artist, producer and architectural historian who has performed internationally from a multitude of exceptional historic ceilings including Cipriani, the New York Public Library, and Capitale in New York City, Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC, Lisbon's Coliseu dos Recreios and the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
Lucinda Grange is an award-winning English adventure photographer, who has traveled the globe, scaling some of the tallest and most iconic structures and buildings in the world. Her climbs include the Great Pyramid, Firth of Forth Rail Bridge, Notre Dame and the Chrysler Building among many others.
The presentation was followed by light refreshments and networking amongst attendees.

A special thank you to our sponsors: Seaboard Waterproofing & RestorationJan Hird Pokorny Associates, and Jablonski Building Conservation for making this event possible!

NPC Intern Lecture by Rebekah Mills
Conserving a Castle: From New York to Ireland 

The Connection between Archaeology and Preservation in Making History Accessible 
Wednesday, May 15th at 6:15pm 
Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street)
Free, Space was limited. RSVP was required via email or by calling 212-228-2781.

We were thrilled to host a presentation by Rebekah Mills, an 
intern at NPC, graduate of Barnard College and a MIA student at SIPA, Columbia University. Rebekah presented her research on historic preservation on Ballintober Castle, Roscommon Ireland and compared it to preservation efforts in New York. The presentation focused on making historic sites accessible to the public through the inclusion of walking trails and outdoor activities using examples from both locations, while also providing a general overview of conservation law in New York and Ireland.

Neighborhood Trivia Night! 
Monday, February 11th at 6:30pm
The Gray Mare (back room)
61 Second Avenue (at East 4th Street)
Those 21 or older were able to attend. Minimum of one drink purchase per person. RSVP here

Drinks and laughs were had at this friendly trivia competition covering the arts, culture, and geography the Village! Emceed by Jane Marx, tour guide, educator, and performer, questions pertained to a wide range of topics including the elevated train route, which famous actress was charged at the Jefferson Market Courthouse, and the origin of the "shag" haircut. Attendees tested their knowledge of the Village and learned some fun new facts along the way. Prizes were given to our winners. 

We co-sponsored this trivia night along with Greenwich Village Society for Historic PreservationVillage AllianceEast Village Independent Merchants Association, and The Gray Mare

Preservation Grants Information Session by the Preservation League of New York State
Wednesday, January 30th (10am - 12pm)
The Municipal Art Society of New York
488 Madison Avenue, Suite 1900
Free but space was limited; RSVP required here

Not-for-profit groups and municipalities were invited to attend a free presentation on Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), the signature grant programs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State

The League's Manager of Technical & Grant Programs, Frances Gubler, explained the requirements for the grants, the process of applying, and discussed some successful previous applicants. Frances was joined by Alex Herrera of the New York Landmarks Conservancy to discuss their emergency grant program

The Neighborhood Preservation Center was thrilled to once again co-sponsor this program with the Preservation League of New York StateThe Municipal Art Society of New YorkGreenwich Village Society for Historic PreservationHistoric Districts CouncilLandmark West!The New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
Happy 50th Anniversary, St. Mark's Historic District! 
Panel, Poetry, Celebration
Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30pm
St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street
Free and open to the public. RSVP here. Reception followed.

This program celebrated the 50th anniversary of the designation of the St. Mark's Historic District! The district, owned by Petrus Stuyvesant in the mid-1600s, has long been a hub of cultural, architectural, and artistic significance. The panel discussion on the district's history and how it's thrived since designation was lead by: Andrew Berman, Executive Director of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation; Stephen Facey, Trustee of the St. Mark's Historic Landmark Fund & Chair of the NPC Advisory Committee; The Rev. Anne Sawyer, Rector of St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery; Marilyn Appleberg, longtime East Village resident and the Founder and President of the 10th and Stuyvesant Streets Block Association; and Elinor Nauen, Poet and Poetry Project Board Member. The designation report for the St. Mark's Historic District can be read here
We were happy to co-sponsor this program along with Greenwich Village Society for Historic PreservationHistoric Districts CouncilSt. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery, 10th and Stuyvesant Streets Block Association, The Poetry Project, and Veselka