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NYC Grassroots Preservation Awardees Named


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grassroots preservation awardsThe Historic Districts Council of New York City has announced the winners of their 2018 Annual Grassroots Preservation Awards, which will take place on Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 pm at the St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, New York.

This year’s Grassroots Awards recipients work on the ground, in public service, in communities and online to bring attention and resources to saving the heart and soul of New York City. 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

NYC Historic Preservation Conference March 3rd


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historic districts council annual conferenceThe Historic Districts Council has announced their Annual Preservation Conference is set for Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York.

This day-long Conference will dive into a range of topics and of-the-moment campaigns to preserve communities and sites throughout the city, with sessions led by the participants themselves. 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

Owner Mars Underground RR Stop, Seeks Legalization


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Hopper-Gibbons House339 West 29th Street, aka the Hopper-Gibbons House in the Lamartine Place Historic District is a former Underground Railroad stop in Chelsea, Manhattan.

The house and the row was designated as an historic district for cultural reasons – the family of no. 339 was violently attacked in the 1863 Draft Riots for harboring runaway slaves. The abolitionists escaped via the rooftop, hopping house to house until ultimately making a safe exit through a neighboring home. Continue reading

New Chair For Historic Districts Council


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unnamedThe Historic Districts Council, an advocate for New York City’s historic neighborhoods representing a constituency of over 500 local community organizations, has named Daniel J. Allen, Board President.

“Mr. Allen has been a valued member of the HDC board for several years. His knowledge and experience as both a professional and community preservationist make him an ideal candidate and we are very happy to welcome him into this new position,” Simeon Bankoff, HDC’s Executive Director said in a statement to the press. Continue reading

5 Women Who Changed The Face Of New York City


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Yolanda GarciaIn honor of Women’s History Month, the Historic Districts Council remembers five extraordinary women who changed the face of New York City:

Yolanda Garcia (1952- 2005), founded Nos Quedamos/We Stay in the early 1990s to preserve her neighborhood of Melrose Commons in the Bronx. In 1992 neighborhood residents discovered that the City was planning to evict them to realize an urban renewal plan. Incensed by the idea that their reward for enduring years of abandonment, arson and crime would be eviction, they confronted officials and sparked a productive dialogue about preservation and planning in the Bronx that continues today. Their efforts have become a model for community-based planning. Continue reading

Historic District Council’s Landmarks @50 Conference


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unnamed(40)The New York City Historic District Council’s 2015 Preservation Conference “Landmarks @50” celebrates the milestone 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law and imagines what preservation might look like in the future.

Since 1965, preservation activities have had a tremendous positive effect on New York City showing that historic preservation is neither weepy nostalgia nor dusty museums.  Preservation is active work, which engages diverse communities across the city and both reflects and informs New York’s cultural, political, and economic milieu. Innumerable successes have been won in the last 50 years, but there is still great work to be done. Continue reading

Historic Districts Council Announces Six To Celebrate


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Crown Heights North, BrooklynThe Historic Districts Council, New York’s city-wide advocate for historic buildings and neighborhoods, is pleased to announce its Six to Celebrate, an annual listing of historic New York City neighborhoods and institutions that merit preservation attention. They will be priorities for HDC’s advocacy and consultation over a yearlong period. This is New York’s only citywide list of preservation priorities coming directly from the neighborhoods.
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