Visit the City of Memory

From our colleagues at City Lore & Place Matters: As we celebrate the first month’s anniversary of our launch, we’ve come to think of almost as a giant brain, encompassing memory and humanity in ways that constantly surprise the visitor.  Like synapses, the stories and memories are accessed instantly in multiple ways. This month’s […]

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Judge Rules Rockaway Development Improperly Built

Richard George has been fighting for preservation in the Rockaways for decades and he’s making some headway…. His cottage industry: preserving Rockaway bungalow communities BY ASYA FARR, DAILY NEWS WRITER Longtime Far Rockaway resident Richard George has made it his mission to preserve the homey bungalows that once defined the seaside community. And he has […]

Two Voices on Admiral’s Row

presented with only a slight bias for emphasis, but unedited. Admiral’s Row: The Smackdown From the Brooklyn Papers Houses along the historic Admiral’s Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard have been decaying for years. Navy Yard officials want to tear them down, but preservationists are rallying to save them. The debate over whether to tear […]

St. John’s Dorm Built in Jamaica Estates

Dorm Looms Over Neighborhood by Jillian Abbott , Queens Chronicle Reporter Attempts to halt or even slow St. John’s University from building a six-story dorm on Henley Road in residential Jamaica Estates appear to have failed. St. John’s confirmed that construction continues at the site, located at 172-14 Henley Road, despite an independent engineer’s report […]

Green Church Still Holding On

‘Green Church’ sent back to drawing board By Ben Muessig The Brooklyn Paper The city shot down preliminary plans for a residential building at the site of Fourth Avenue’s soon-to-be-demolished “Green Church” — but the rejection didn’t deter church officials and builders from their controversial plan to level the 109-year-old house of worship to construct […]

Purchase Building Gone

From the Brooklyn Papers Bridge “Park” Can Find No Purchase by Mike McLaughlin Demolition teams have made short work of the iconic Purchase Building beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to clear space for a piazza that will be part of the controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park project. The $300-plus-million parkland and condo project along the DUMBO and […]

Interesting Collection of NYC documents & photos

If you’re interested in 20th Century NYC housing history and info, make sure to checkout the LaGuardia & Wagner Archives Online: The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives was established in 1982 to collect, preserve, and make available primary materials documenting the social and political history of New York City. The Archives serves a broad array […]

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Juniper Park Civic Beats Back Monster House

The Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) is today claiming victory over notorious developer, Tommy Huang, (destroyer of the officially landmarked RKO Keith’s Theater of Flushing) who illegally constructed a house at 57-39 Mazeau Street in Maspeth in 2006.  The house was built contrary to plans presented to and approved by the NYC Department of Buildings […]

Sometimes all it takes is for the economy to nose-dive…

Despite very real fears about its imminent demise, it now looks like the Hotel Pennsylvania will be saved!  As the New York Observer’s Chris Shott reports “Vornado CEO Steven Roth announced during a conference call with investors that he might just hang onto the old hotel after all. “First off, it is doing damn well […]

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Lost in Beijing and in New York?

Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote an interesting piece this weekend about the rapidly changing face of Beijing and the loss of their historic hutong neighborhoods, which reflects interestingly on what we are facing in New York. “The explosion of construction activity that has transformed Beijing into a modern metropolis over the past decade also turned many of […]

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