Category Archives: Historic Preservation

City Island Landmarks Rejected by NYC City Council


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Samuel H. & Mary T. Booth House, 30 Center Street City Island, The BronxOn Monday, March 12th, the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses voted to reject the designation of two individual landmarks on City Island in The Bronx, the Samuel H. and Mary T. Booth House and the Stafford “Osborn” House.

The reason given by Subcommittee Chair Adrienne Adams and referenced by other committee members was the Council practice of ceding control of land-use decisions to the local councilmember, in this instance CM Mark Gjonaj. CM Gjonaj was reported to oppose the landmark designations of these two private houses because their owners were reported to object to the designations. It’s important to note that neither the Councilmember nor the owners appeared at the public hearings although CM Gjonaj was reported to have submitted a statement for the record. CM Gjonaj had previously voted against affirming a landmark designation in Bushwick, Brooklyn which had local Councilmember support but whose owner opposed the designation. Continue reading

Bruce Dearstyne: Historians and the Public Good


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Every issue of History News, the publication of the American Association for State and Local History, is worth reading for its reports and insights into our field, but the latest “Emerging Professionals Takeover Issue” (Winter 2018) is particularly fascinating.

It was written and edited by emerging history professionals – people recently entering the field or holding their first professional or management positions. The issue touches on several topics of concern today and even more important for the future of the field. Continue reading

NYC: Accessible Historic Streetscapes Program


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historic streetscapesAn Accessible Historic Streetscapes continuing education class has been set for Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 9 to 11:30 am.

In this class attendees will learn about the historic pavings used in DUMBO and around New York City from Doreen Gallo of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance; and based on a study the Historic District Council commissioned from Being Here Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design, PLLC, Denisha Williams and Jeff Byles will explain how to maintain the historic Belgian Blocks while being ADA compliant. Continue reading

Historians Podcast: Blighted Buildings Could Be Useful


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The Historians LogoThis week on The Historians podcast, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss a proposal to use blighted city buildings as a resource for new construction.

The idea was recently brought up in a letter to the editor by retired Montgomery County historian Jacqueline Mujrphy. Plus stories about World War II and the biography of Mary Van der Veer, an Amsterdam, NY, artist.

Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Rockland Co Preservation Award Nominations Sought


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The Historical Society of Rockland County is seeking nominations for the 28th annual Rockland County Executive’s Historic Preservation Merit Awards. These awards, presented during National Historic Preservation Month in May, recognize outstanding historic preservation efforts in Rockland County.

Nominations are sought for and from individuals, organizations, businesses, and municipal representatives for achievements that have contributed to the continued preservation of Rockland County’s significant historical and cultural heritage. Self-nominations are encouraged. Activities, projects, and phases of projects that have been completed in the past ten years are eligible. Continue reading

Bruce Dearstyne On NYC Monuments Commission Report


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J. Marion Sims statue 5th Ave 103rd Street ManhattanOne item in The New York History Blog‘s “New York History Around the Web This Week” for January 19 was the new Report of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers.

This is the report of the commission appointed by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio last fall amid the controversy surrounding Confederate statues. The mayor charged the commission with coming up with recommendations about potentially controversial monuments and statues in New York City.

The commission held five public meetings, attended by more than 500 people, and received over 3,000 comments via an online survey. Continue reading

NYC Historic Districts Council 2017 Highlights


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historic districts councilNew York City’s Historic Districts Council Public Review Committee is a group that reviews Certificate of Appropriateness applications submitted to New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).

The volunteer committee and professional staff examine each proposal and create testimony that is read to the Commission at public hearings. The following properties were some of the biggest projects that were reviewed this past year. Continue reading

MWPAI Receives Grant for Building Repair, Exhibition


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mwpaiMunson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) in Utica has been awarded a grant in the amount of $397,511 from Empire State Development (ESD), the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and the New York State Department of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation to repair and preserve the granite façade of its Philip Johnson-designed Museum of Art building.  Continue reading