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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

Ward’s Island Fire And New York’s Charitable Hospitals


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“The Homeopathic Hospital on Ward’s Island,” 1875Readers will recall that one of the most important periods of reform in New York history was spurred by the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of March, 1911: in the wake of this horror, protective labor legislation was passed at a frenzied pace, informed by the State Factory Investigating Commission and shepherded through the legislature by Assemblyman Alfred E. Smith and Senator Robert F. Wagner.

It is a tragic, even shameful irony that the Empire State’s major initiative for improving one aspect of its health care infrastructure was to be inspired by another, less well known conflagration. On February 18, 1923, only seven weeks after Al Smith was inaugurated for his second tenure as governor, a fire at a hospital for the mentally ill on Ward’s Island in New York killed twenty-four patients and three state employees. 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

Richard Henry Lee’s First Call for Independence


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first founding fatherThe Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City has announced a lecture on the First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence has been set for Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 pm.

Harlow Giles Unger will describe the life and career of Richard Henry Lee, the first Founding Father to call for American Independence from Britain. Unger will show how Lee masterminded the political and diplomatic victories that ensured Washington’s military victory. 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

New York’s Gilded Elite on Long Island Lecture


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Beacon Towers, designed by Hunt & Hunt, built for Alva Belmont, demolished 1945Preservation Long Island has invited the public to an afternoon lecture by curator and decorative arts specialist Jeannine Falino followed by light refreshments and lively discussion.

The lecture, Dilatory Domiciles: New York’s Gilded Elite on Long Island is set for Saturday, January 27, at 4pm, at the Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay. Continue reading