Following opening remarks by Village Alliance President Martin Dresner and Paul Lazauskas of St. John’s University, the meeting heard from newly elected Council Member (District 2) Carlina Rivera who offered inspiring words about the importance of community advocacy, supporting small business, and her legislative priorities to support our neighborhood.
Richard Barone will also be appearing at the next two Positively 8th Street Festivals where he will be hosting two music performances, “Village Acoustic” & “Village Rock”. Richard will also be taking Greenwich Village to the Central Park Summer Stage in August with “Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960’s”.
Village Alliance Executive Director, William Kelley presented the Alliance’s key achievements over the past year and priorities for the coming twelve months. 2017/18 was a period of significant change for the Alliance; with the introduction of new public art initiatives, the first full year of programming at Astor Place, and the implementation of new property mapping and asset management technology.
2018 also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Village Alliance. Our annual report looks back at twenty-five years of service to the Greenwich Village community, during which time we have widened sidewalks, greened and beautified the streets, installed new street lighting, supported local businesses and embraced the concept of “complete streets” long before this became an international trend. Just like our iconic neighborhood, the Village Alliance has constantly evolved and innovated.
Throughout the past twelve months our core programs of Quality of Life, Streetscape Enhancement, and Community Events once again logged some impressive accomplishments, including removing over 1,094 tons of trash, painting over 6,885 street fixtures, addressing 2,860 public safety issues, and beautifying the streets with nearly 250 tree pits, hanging baskets, and planters.
Priorities for the coming twelve months include continuing to digitize the tracking of street conditions, expanding our public art program, bringing free WiFi to Astor Place, and expanding our marketing-communications reach.
At each Annual Meeting the Village Alliance presents the Norman Buchbinder award to the property or business owner that most embodies the pride in community, and robust attention to neighborhood advocacy that was the hallmark of Mr. Buchbinder, founding President of the Village Alliance. This year’s award honors Chloe Vichot, owner and chef of Ancolie on West 8th Street.
Chloe’s passion and dedication to ensuring her business is environmentally friendly and sustainable, and her passionate advocacy for the local community, working hard work on behalf of local merchants and hosting community events, are some of the reasons Chloe received this year’s award.
The meeting also included a presentation of the annual accounts and votes to elect new officers, for the first time on staggered terms, following last year’s by-law amendment.