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The Neighborhood Preservation Center is a new facility dedicated to facilitating and encouraging citizen participation in the improvement and protection of New York City’s diverse neighborhoods.

The Center offers a place where the public is welcome to convene, strategize, and exchange information through its various services: public meeting rooms, temporary and virtual offices, and a resource referral service.

The Center is currently designing its resource referral service, our goal being to link individuals who have questions concerning their neighborhood with the resources that may answer directed inquiries.

We anticipate a broad spectrum of questions, ranging from “How do I learn about the historic property tax credit?” to “What community board do I live in?”

By developing a database that houses local, state, and national organizations relevant to community interests, these questions may be properly directed.

Here we pose our own questions to you—
1. Do you know of any existing resource referral service that links community-based, preservation-oriented questions to organizations that can answer their inquiries?
2. Do you know of any places like the Neighborhood Preservation Center in general?

If so, please respond with contact information.
For more information, please see below.
Thank you.












The Neighborhood Preservation Center is dedicated to facilitating and encouraging citizen participation in the improvement and protection of New York City’s diverse neighborhoods. The first resource of its kind in the city, the Neighborhood Preservation Center focuses on preservation as a tool for community revitalization and local economic development.

The Center is a place where the public is welcome to convene, strategize, and exchange information through its various services: public meeting rooms, temporary and virtual offices, and a resource referral service.

The Neighborhood Preservation Center is located in the historic Ernest Flagg Rectory, which is part of the St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery landmark site in Manhattan’s East Village.

The Center serves groups working towards improving and preserving the diverse cultural heritage and historic neighborhoods across New York City. It is anticipated that organizations concerned about neighborhood preservation and improvement in New York City and community groups at work in the immediate neighborhood where the historic Ernest Flagg Rectory is located, will avail themselves of the Center’s services.

Three groups have come together in a unique partnership to create the Neighborhood Preservation Center: the St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund, steward of the restoration of the St. Mark’s Church complex; the Historic Districts Council, a city-wide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods; and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, founded to preserve and protect the architectural heritage and cultural history of the Village.

The Neighborhood Preservation Center is a project of the St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund. The Center has received support from the Cowles Charitable Trust, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, The New York Community Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.



Neighborhood Preservation Center
Services and Facilities

Resource Referral Service
Open to the public, the service is designed to link users with organizations, institutions, and individuals that can assist them with inquiries related to neighborhood improvements, community revitalization, and historic preservation. This service is under design, but use of computers, and access to the Internet and the Center’s limited publications will be available June 1, 2000.

Public Meeting Space
The Center has three public meeting spaces for use by eligible groups. Each room holds a maximum of 25 people. Two rooms may be combined to form one large room. There is no fee for the meeting space for its first use by an organization. Audiovisual equipment and kitchen facilities are also available.

Virtual Office
Eligible groups from New York City that have no base of operations can receive mail at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, and have access to a fax, telephone, and computers.

Incubator Space
The Center offers office space to fledging groups in need of a temporary home. Space is available for a 90-day period, with a one-time renewal option for an additional 90 days.

Offices for Out-of-Town Associates
The Center is prepared to provide office space to eligible organizations based outside of New York City. The space is assigned for one year, on a part-time basis.

Eligibility and Fees
Groups concerned about neighborhood improvement and preservation in New York City and community groups at work in the St. Mark’s neighborhood are welcome to use the services and facilities of the Neighborhood Preservation Center. Fees apply for use of the Center.

For more information,
please contact Felicia Mayro, Project Director, Neighborhood Preservation Center

232 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 228.2781 / Fax: (917) 286.1104
Email: NeighborhoodPreservationCenter@nycmail.com