A promising basic microporous catalytic material is prepared by nitridation of dehydrated NaY zeolite. The base strength of zeolite framework is enhanced due to the replacement of oxygen by nitrogen with lower electronegativity. Various characterization methods, including XRD, CHN elemental analysis, SEM and FTIR spectra of CO adsorption, are employed to analyze the physico-chemical properties of the nitrogen-incorporated NaY zeolite. High crystallinity and high specific surface areas of NaY are well preserved in nitrogen-incorporated NaY. Compared to parent NaY zeolite, the nitridized materials exhibit improved basic catalytic performances in Knoevenagel condensation reaction and side-chain monomethylation reaction of phenylacetonitrile.