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Village Preservation Annual Meeting and Village Awards 2019

On June 12, 2019, Village Preservation held its 39th Annual Meeting and 29th Annual Village Awards in the landmarked Auditorium of The New School. The Village Awards recognize the very special people, places, businesses, and organizations that make a significant contribution to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. We were honored to be joined by several hundred friends and supporters, including the evening's host, Calvin Trillin. Thank you to everyone who attended. Congratulations to all our wonderful awardees:

Christopher Park Alliance   |  The Source Unltd Print & Copy Shop  |  

The Brant Foundation and Gluckman Tang Architects 

Tea & Sympathy  |  The Bitter End   |  Hettie Jones

Regina Kellerman Award: The Estate of Fred W. McDarrah

Want to see more of the 2019 Village Awards? Enjoy a full set of photos by clicking here, and a video of the event here.

2019 Awardees:

Christopher Park Alliance
This volunteer group formed in 2013 to preserve and protect Christopher Park, which has served as a gathering place in Greenwich Village for 180 years. The park was a focal point of the Stonewall Riots 50 years ago this June.


The Source Unltd Print & Copy Shop
Santo and Margaret Mollica opened their shop in 1982, combining the odd jobs they'd been doing in their community into a brick and mortar business with joy and fun. Today they do a lot of business online in addition to printing stickers and business cards, creating custom hardwood stamps, scanning, binding, laminating, and selling everything from batteries to sidewalk chalk.


The Brant Foundation and Gluckman Tang Architects
The Brant Foundation and Gluckman Tang Architects have renovated and restored 421 East 6th Street, a former Con Ed substation and home and studio of famed artist Walter De Maria. Now open to the public, the Brant Foundation building has breathed new life into the area with  7,000 square feet of exhibition space arrayed across four floors, two new gardens, and a landscaped roof terrace.


Tea & Sympathy
An English food pantry and a Fish and Chips shop that has beenwelcoming everyone from “little old ladies to rockstars, andlongtime locals to homesick expats.” We highly recommend the tea and scones! A small business centerpiece of the Greenwich Village Historic District #GVHD50.


The Bitter End
First opened in 1961, this club mostly provided a showcase for unknowns. Some of those unknowns achieved great success later, like Stevie Wonder, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Bill Haley, and Robert Klein. To this day, The Bitter End celebrates its storied history by keeping a firm dedication to continue helping shape emerging artists. 


Hettie Jones
Poet, memoirist, writing teacher, an activist for women’s rights, civil rights, and prisoner’s rights, and a proud mother of two, Hettie Jones has been a powerful force in Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side since the 1950s. One of the most prominent women of the Beat Generation, she co-founded the literary magazine Yugen with her then-husband, writer Amiri Baraka. Hettie’s memoir, How I Became Hettie Jones, vividly describes this artistic whirlwind, her challenges as a wife and mother in a bi-racial family during Civil Rights Era, tensions with her Jewish family, and the challenge to find her own way as a poet and writer in a literary scene dominated by men. 


Regina Kellerman Award Winner: Estate of Fred W. McDarrah
Fred W. McDarrah was the primary photographer for the Village Voice for decades following the newspaper’s inception in 1955. He covered key moments in history including the Village counterculture, Gay Rights, Women’s Rights, the Vietnam War, and Experimental Theater in ways not done by mainstream media. His estate is fiercely protective of the Village and believes the photographs can and should continue to educate and protect landmarks now and in the future.
Image used with permission of the Estate of Fred W. McDarrah. 



Each year, Village Preservation honors neighborhood institutions at the Annual Meeting and Village Awards. This fun event highlights and celebrates the invaluable people, place, and organizations who make our neighborhoods some of the most interesting and exceptional in the city. The night also includes a review of the Society’s activities and accomplishments over the last year, and a reception follow. All are welcome! Please invite friends, family, and neighbors to join.

Use the links below to watch past award ceremonies, see pictures, and see more information on past years' Village Awards.










Past Village Award Winners (also available in alphabetical order):

2018: Anthology Film Archives, The Comedy Cellar, Greenwich Locksmiths, Ralph Lee, Theater for the New City, Bea Arthur Residence Regina Kellerman Award.

: The Public Theater; B & H Dairy; GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side); Dinosaur Hill; Patisserie Claude; Frank Collarius; Restoration of 30 7th Avenue - Lenox Health Greenwich Village/AIDS Memorial/St. Vincent's Triangle ParkRegina Kellerman Award.

2016: East Village Meat Market; Jaffe Art Theater Interior Restoration; Smalls Jazz Club; Julius' Bar; Steve Cannon; The Strand Bookstore; Save GansevoortRegina Kellerman Award.

: Barbara Shaum; Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks; David Rothenberg; The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation; 201 East 12th Street Renovation; James & Karla Murray—Regina Kellerman Award.

2014: LaMaMa; New York Central Art Supply; New York Marble Cemetery, Inc.; Pino Prime Meats; Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books; Village Community Boathouse; Kathy Donaldson—Regina Kellerman Award.

2013: Avignone Chemists; Block Drug Store; New York University Faculty Against the Sexton Plan; Jeremiah Shea;Sir Winston Churchill Square; Bowery Alliance of Neighbors—Regina Kellerman Award.

2012: 6th Street and Avenue B Garden; Marilyn Appleberg; Arturo’s Restaurant; Foods of New York Tours; Little Red School House/Elisabeth Irwin High School; Lower East Side History Project; City Council Member Rosie Mendez; Bleecker Street Sitting Area Renovation—Regina Kellerman Award. 2012 award winners

2011: Annisa Restaurant; Fourth Arts Block; Bob Holman; Judson Memorial Church; Le Poisson Rouge; McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Co.; P.E. Guerin; Restoration of the Nave of the Church of the Ascension—Regina Kellerman Award.

2010: Albert Bennett; Caffe Reggio; Lucy Cecere; the High Line; Theatre 80; Veselka; Westbeth Artists' Housing—Regina Kellerman Award.

2009: Carmine Street Guitars; The Children’s Aid Society—Philip Coltoff Center at Greenwich Village; Father Demo Square; Fedora Dorato; Joe’s Dairy; University Parish of St. Joseph; Women’s Prison Association; 171-173 MacDougal Street Façade Renovation—Regina Kellerman Award

2008: Faicco’s Pork Store; Grey Dog’s Coffee; Rocco’s; Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church; Morton Street Triangle; Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop; The Salmagundi Club—Regina Kellerman Award.

: Bowne & Co, Inc; 13th Street Repertory Company; Florence Prime Meat Market; Liz Christy Community Garden; Porto Rico Importing Co.; Kevin Shea; St. Mark’s Bookshop; West Village Dog Owner’s Group; 81 Barrow Street restoration.

: Aphrodisia Herb Shoppe; Café Loup; Cherry Lane Theatre; Front Stoop Award: 64 Jane Street; Greenwich Village Singers; Jane Street Garden; Miriam Lee; The White Horse Tavern.

2005: Abingdon Square Park Restoration; Biography Bookshop; Keith Crandell (presented in memoriam); Knickerbocker Bar & Grill; The Municipal Archives; Ottendorfer Branch Library Restoration; Visiting Neighbors.

2004: Bowery Theaters: the Amato Opera, the Bouwerie Lane Theater, the Bowery Ballroom, the Bowery Poetry Club & Café, CBGB/OMFUG; Angelo Bruno; Raffetto’s; St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund; the Village Community School Addition; The Villager Newspaper; The Washington Square Arch Restoration.

2003: Bayard Condict Building Restoration; Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association; City Council Member Christine Quinn and State Senator Tom Duane; Merchants House Museum; Restoration of 121 Charles Street; Restoration of 859-877 Washington Street; Second Avenue Deli; Wisteria Award; Your Neighborhood Office.

2002: C.O. Bigelow Pharmacy; Classic Stage Company; Doris Diether; Elephant & Castle; Front Stoop Award: 19 West 10th Street; Myers of Keswick; Pratt Institute; Third Street Music School Settlement; Washington Square Hotel.

2001: Merce Cunningham; Friends of the High Line; Front Stoop Award: 24 West 10th Street; Gus’s Place; Marquet Patisserie; Minetta Parks; Nikos Smoke & Magazine Shop; Pen & Brush Incorporated; Streetscape Award: Charles Lane.

2000: Dr. Rick’s Village Flute & Sax Shop; Leroy Ellis; Joe Jr.’s; Murray’s Cheese; New York Studio School; The Garden of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields; Tartine.

1999: 34 Commerce Street; Barry Benepe; Corner Bistro; Greenwich House; Hudson Triangle Garden; Squad 18 Fire Station; Tootsie’s.

1998: 749 Washington Street; Bill Bowser; Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life; Cornelia Street Restaurants; Industria Superstudio; King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center; Lewis L. & Loretta Brendan Glucksman Ireland House; New York University’s Historic House Restorations; O. Ottomanelli & Son’s Prime Meat Market; West Ninth Street Block Association; West Village Nursery School.

1997: 71 Jane Street; The Caring Community; Charterhouse Antiques; Chez Brigitte; Church of the Ascension; Greenwich Village Girls Basketball League; Mrs. Brooke Astor and The Vincent Astor Foundation; Zito’s Bakery.

1996: El Faro Restaurant; Grace Episcopal Church Restoration; Uta Hagen and HB Studios; Hudson River Pedestrian & Bike Path; Rita Lee, Retiring District Manager of CB2; Matt Umanov Guitars; Sixth Precinct Quality of Life Squad; Statue of Fiorello LaGuardia; Village Vanguard.

1995: 68 Morton Street; Be Seated; Garber’s Hardware; Jefferson Market Library Restoration; LaGuardia Corner Gardens; “Mad About You;” Verna Small; Village Alliance

1994: #25 W. 10th Street; Cooper Union Forum of Public Programs; Film Forum; Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center; LiLac Chocolates; Terry Miller; The Pink Teacup.

1993: Bagel Restaurant; Broadway Windows; Goodfella’s Pizza; Grace Opportunity Project; Greenwich Village Little League & Soccer Club; Jackson Square Park; St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery Church; Dr. Joyce Wallace.

1992: Church of St. Luke’s-in-the-Fields; Sheridan Square Viewing Garden; Village Community School Fence; Richard Walker; Washington Square Music Festival; West Village Committee Newsletter.

1991: Anglers & Writers Café; Paul Egita; First Presbyterian Church Restoration; Jefferson Market Garden; Mercer-Houston Dog Run; Florent Morellet and Restaurant Florent; Three Lives Bookstore.

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