Alterations Pulled on Lexington Avenue Residence to Circumvent Designation

Yesterday, scaffolding was erected to allow for disfiguring alterations to 859 Lexington Avenue and 861-863 Lexington Avenue, also known as the Kean Residence or Crocodile Hall. In an increasingly common tactic, permits have been filed for disfiguring work to historic buildings presumably to avoid landmark designation. Current permits from the DOB are to demolish the […]

Rally for Community Input for DoB Reform, Thursday, June 12

Dear Fellow New Yorker, Bloomberg acted fast after the most recent crane disaster: He held a closed-door meeting with construction industry insiders. He came out with a proposal that is a watered-down version of Jim Brennan’s proposals from 2007 and 2008. Yet nobody is standing up for the community groups who have been following DOB […]

Some thoughts about the new DoB Reforms

Some thoughts from our buddy Aaron of Greenwood Heights http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/05/nyregion/05safety.html After chatting for about an hour about the Mayor’s and Speaker’s “brand new revolutionary safety 13 point plan,” I thought I’d let folks know where I stand (and hopefully some of you stand alongside on this tight rope the Mayor has strung). I use the NY Times […]

HDC Announces Free Summer Lecture Series

Make sure to join us for this informative series created to keep up up-to-date on some of HDC’s current projects and recent goings-on at LPC. Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Our Latest Landmarks: Recent & Upcoming New York City Historic Districts Join us as we present an overview of recently designated and calendared historic districts throughout […]

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Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue Artwalk this weekend!

Join us the weekend of June 7th and 8th for the fifth annual Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk. ArtWalk is a self-guided tour of open artist studios and area exhibitions, a range of public art projects, special events, with local merchants hosting a range of artwork and events. ArtWalk provides a relaxed setting for dialogue, collecting, and […]

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Revised St. Vincent’s and Rudin Applications & Hardship Hearing Tomorrow

From the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation: Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3rd, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold a public hearing on the revised plans by both Rudin Management and St. Vincent’s Hospital for the current St. Vincent’s campus. Following successful efforts to get the LPC to reject the prior Rudin/St. Vincent’s application, the LPC will now be […]

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Making the Best Better: 35th Anniversary of the 1973 Amendments to New York City’s Landmarks Law

Tuesday, June 10 , 2008 The 1973 amendments to New York City’s Landmarks Law established interior landmarks, scenic landmarks, instituted continuous hearings and designation (ending the mandated moratorium limiting designations to a 6-month period every three years), and otherwise transformed the workings of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. 5:30 pm – Panel Discussion Fraunces Tavern Museum, […]

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So, Woody Allen Wants to Save Marx Brothers Place… You Should, Too!

The 93rd Street Beautification Association’s efforts to help protect historic Marx Brothers Place in Carnegie Hill has gotten a huge boost from NYC’s own filmmaker, and onetime Carnegie Hill resident, the great Woody Allen ! Mr. Allen, who has long been passionate about preservation issues, not only took the time to pen a letter of support for this […]

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Free Tours of Forest Hills 2008

Proud Sponsors: Friends of Station Square, Central Queens Historical Association, & Community Board 6Q FREE TOURS OF FOREST HILLS 2008 with Historian/Licensed Tour Guide Jeff Gottlieb 1. Sunday, June 1st: Tour of Forest Hills Gardens I Meet at the Forest Hills LIRR Station at 11 AM, and end at 8 Markwood Rd. Duration at least […]

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Endangered: Please Join Friends of Ridgewood Theatre Website

Michael Perlman, Dir. of Queens Preservation Council is seeking a historically-sensitive (arts-related) tenant for the endangered historic Ridgewood Theatre (55-27 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY). It closed in March 2008 after nearly 92 years, and was the longest continuously operating theater citywide & potentially throughout the US. It was modeled after Times Square’s long-demolished Mark Strand […]

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