Place Matters started it awards program on our 10th anniversary in 2008 to draw attention to places nominated to the Census of Places that Matter. A selection committee of place-enthusiasts is assembled for the annual awards to select the honorees for their unique qualities and for representing a way that “place” matters to us all. Each honoree receives a specially designed 10″ plaque designed by John Wong.

In 2008, ten places throughout the five boroughs were honored. The 2009 awards focused on places in the borough of the Bronx. In 2011, we honored ten places in Lower Manhattan that anchor traditions, hold memories, and help to tell the history of New York City. This program is supported by the American Express Historic Preservation Fund.