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GVSHP Annual Meeting and Village Awards

Each year, GVSHP 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.

The Annual Meeting and Village Awards are generously hosted by the New School.

We are proud to announce 2017's Village Awardees:

The Public Theater – The Public Theater was founded by Joseph Papp and opened in 1967 with the world premiere of the musical Hair. Now one of our city’s preeminent cultural institutions, The Public is a national treasure in which varied voices, rhythms, and cultures converge. Each year, more than 350,000 people attend Public Theater productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public is dedicated to embracing the complexities of contemporary society and nurturing both artists and audiences, as it continues Joseph Papp’s legacy of creating a place of inclusion and a forum for ideas.  The Public’s trailblazing adaptive reuse of an abandoned library was one of the first and most successful efforts to breathe new life into old buildings.

B & H Dairy – B & H has been a mainstay in the East Village since 1938, located at 127 2nd Avenue. In 2015, B & H narrowly escaped serious damage due to the tragic and deadly 2nd Avenue gas explosion just a few doors down. The restaurant was forced to close for about five months and nearly didn’t reopen, but thanks to support from countless regulars, they made a triumphant return in August 2015. Owner’s Fawzy and Ola have continued the tradition of maintaining the neighborhood feel of B & H. Challah por favor!

Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) – “Good Old Lower East Side” is an apt name for this group, which works hard to preserve the spirit and character of the Lower East Side. Celebrating is 40th anniversary this year, GOLES directly serves over 2,000 families each year, and thousands more through their advocacy, training, and education work. GOLES advocates quality, affordable housing for the people of the East Village and Lower East Side, and for services which add to that quality of life. GOLES takes a very holistic view, combining affordable housing advocacy with maintaining the scale and character of the neighborhood, and fighting for cultural resources and green space which help make communities thrive.

Dinosaur Hill – Since 1983, Pam Pier, owner of children’s toy store Dinosaur Hill located at 306 East 9th Street, has striven to offer goods that actively engage children, encouraging them to move, make, color, build, connect and puzzle things out. “One of my major objectives nowadays is to try to interest kids enough that they stay out of cyberspace. We want them to learn by doing, and to develop hand-eye skills, and to become makers and builders.” From the beginning, Dinosaur Hill has encouraged neighborhood artists and craftspeople to get involved. Pam has been very active in the community, volunteering at the Green Oasis community garden, participating in reading encouragement programs at local schools, and providing gifts to children who complete a reading challenge.

Patisserie Claude – Patisserie Claude at 187 West 4th Street is a Village treasure.  The patisserie was founded by Claude, a French-born baker of impeccable pastries and viennoiserie, whose standards have been carried on by his equally talented former assistant of twenty-two years, Pablo, now the current owner for the past seven years. The croissants are buttery; the quiches are filled most delicately with ham or mushrooms or spinach or endive; the tarts brim with fresh plum or apricot, and don’t miss the eclairs, mille feuilles, or pain au chocolat. The welcome is warm, the coffee is strong, and the small shop a slice of Paris in Greenwich Village.

Frank Collerius – Branch manager of the Jefferson Market Library since 1999, Frank’s motto is “just say yes!” and says “there’s always something new to find and offer.” Frank has truly succeeded in making this beloved landmark very much a living breathing component of the neighborhood, teeming with activity that resonates throughout the Greenwich Village. He has instituted successful educational programs including “Jefferson Market University”, GED and ESL classes, The Jefferson Market Players Theater, The Little Underground Gallery, Your Village, Your Story: Greenwich Village Oral History Project, The Greenwich Village Ephemera Project, and The Urban Explorers Group.

Regina Kellerman Award Winner –The restoration of the  O’Toole Building, the new AIDS Memorial (recently praised in Architectural Digest) and St. Vincent’s Triangle Park have transformed this important Village intersection. A thoughtful restoration, during which the original architect of the building Albert Ledner was consulted, restored the Theresa O’Toole Medical Services Building (now Lenox Hill Greenwich Village) into a beautiful landmark, while also providing a much-needed state of the art stand-alone emergency room, ambulatory surgery center, and imaging area. Studio ai won the competition to design the AIDS memorial. Their design features an 18-foot steel canopy as the dramatic gateway to the new St. Vincent’s Triangle Park. The architects created an opportunity for engraving in the paving stones of the memorial, the text for which was selected and designed by world-renowned visual artist Jenny Holzer, and features selections from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”.  The hope for the text of the memorial is that it will have “emotional permanence” and the poem will still move people hundreds of years from now. The St. Vincent’s Triangle Park is a cozy, verdant haven in the middle of a crowded intersection, serving as a lovely neighborhood respite. The park created a place of rest and remembrance for those visiting the AIDS Memorial and for neighborhood residents lacking in usable green space.  While none of these can bring back St. Vincent’s Hospital, the medical center, park, and AIDS memorial provide much needed reflection, peace, and services to this corner of the neighborhood.

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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):

2017: 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 Winner

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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