The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Village Alliance took place yesterday at New York University's historic Glucksman Ireland House.
Over 60 local business owners, residents, community leaders and other local stakeholders joined the meeting to hear about the initiatives undertaken by the Village Alliance over the past year, and learn plans and objectives for the coming twelve months.
At the meeting the 2016 Annual Report was unveiled by Executive Director, William Kelley. Titled 'Enhancing the Everyday' the report focusses on the intense construction and capacity building by the Village Alliance through major new streetscape projects, marketing initiatives and community initiatives.
Successful streetscape projects have included the expansion of the Ruth Wittenburg Triangle, new pedestrian crossings on East 8th Street and the continued redevelopment of Astor Place including leading the call to preserve, restore and return the historic mosaic poles.
Our role as a leading advocate and supporter for small and local business has continued with the introduction of the Village Access Card, the development of a web-based mobile friendly app featuring local businneses and increasing our online presence across both our Greenwich Village and Astor Place platforms.
The Village Alliance has created and presented many community events including the Crazy 8 Cartoon Festival, Positvely 8th Street and Creativity Cubed and Astor Place fitness classes. There have also been business focused events including tech marketing workshops for small business and a happy hour business networking event.
Maintaining quality of life and helping create a safe, secure and clean environment is one of the main objectives of the Village Alliance, last year our safety team logged over 5,500 patrolling the district, logging over 7,000 incidents. Our clean team meanwhile removed over 1,100 tons of garbage, painted and clean 5,250 items of furniture and removed over 450 incidences of graffiti.
The annual presentation of the Buchbinder Award was also made, this year being Awarded to New York University for the renovation and stewardship of the historical 6 - 26 East 8th Street buildings.
To view the full 2016 Annual Report click below.Village Alliance 2016 Annual Report - Click Here (1.4 MB)