Places that matter contribute to vital communities, connect us with the past, and make our surroundings distinctive. Since 1998 City Lore and the Municipal Art Society have worked with New Yorkers to discover, interpret, celebrate, and protect places that hold memories, anchor traditions, and help tell the history of our communities and city. This ongoing project is called Place Matters.

The most meaningful places are often the ones that look most ordinary. To find them we freely ask people what places matter and why. Hundreds of New Yorkers have responded to our search. The Census of Places that Matter—our citywide survey—lists over 500 nominated places. We welcome you to nominate a place today, or any day, by using a printed nomination form or going to our website,