Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Historic Business Preservation Registry
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Local businesses are the backbone of villages, towns and cities across the state and have helped to shape the history, heritage, and identity of the communities they serve. New York State's Historic Business Preservation Registry was established by Chapter 241 of the Laws of 2020. The program is administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, and highlights businesses that have been in operation for at least 50 years and have contributed to their communities' history. At a time when many businesses face new and unique challenges, this registry allows us to recognize and honor historic businesses, while providing educational and promotional assistance to ensure their continued viability and success.

Nominations to the registry must be sponsored by an elected state official, including the Governor, Lieutenant Governor or members of the Senate and Assembly. Each elected official may nominate two businesses for inclusion per term. The program is non-competitive, and as long as the nomination criteria are met, businesses will be added to the registry. Anyone interested in having a business added to the registry should reach out to their state representative. Nominations are currently being accepted on a rolling basis and updates will be made to the interactive map quarterly.

Find out more about the businesses using our INTERACTIVE MAP.

For questions about the program or the status of a nomination, contact Christina Vagvolgyi at