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Place that Matters of the Week

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From local bakeries and hidden gardens to neighborhood sandlots and historic churches, New York is filled with places that matter to its residents. While architectural landmarks play an important role in creating the city’s sense of place, it is the historically and culturally significant places that hold memories and anchor traditions for individuals and communities. These places play a critical role in shaping the city’s character and promote the well being of New York’s many communities in ways that too often go unrecognized.

The Place Matters project, established by the Municipal Art Society and City Lore, fosters stewardship and protection for these places. Place Matters is assembling a Census of Places that Matter, a database of unique places around New York that shape their neighborhoods and are a repository of history, culture, and tradition. Amounting to a new knowledge bank, the Census helps us understand how and why “place” is meaningful to people. Hundreds of New Yorkers have nominated places to the Census and we invite you to add the places that matter to you and to add your comments to places already on the list.

This week’s Places that Matters is the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island.