More on the Chicago Landmarks (mis)ruling

From the Chicago Tribune Originally posted: January 30, 2009   Disorder in the court: Wrong-headed ruling threatens Chicago’s architectural treasures By Blair Kamin The headline from Crain’s Chicago Business was a screamer-“Court strikes down city’s landmarks law”-but it also appears to be an exaggeration. In its ruling Friday, an Illinois appellate court did not strike […]

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Chicago Court Rules Local Landmarks Law Unconstitutional

From Crain’s Court strikes down city’s landmarks law By Thomas A. Corfman Jan. 30, 2009 (Crain’s) – An Illinois appellate court has struck down the city of Chicago’s landmarks ordinance, saying it is unconstitutionally vague, putting in jeopardy the city’s protection of more than 250 buildings and 50 historic districts. The ordinance, which was enacted […]

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What does Robert Moses have to do with the Bartow Pell Mansion? Everything.

Lecture:Robert Moses and Pelham Bay Park Saturday, February 21st  1:00pm Many people know the infamous Robert Moses and how he  left his mark on New York City, including the creation of Orchard Beach and Pelham Bay Park. Bartow-Pell Mansion Tour Guides Tom Vasti and  Doug Hearle will do a lecture/ presentation on how Robert Moses, affected the […]

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Call for Nominations: HDC Annual Grassroots Preservation Awards

HDC is currently accepting nominations for its Annual Grassroots Preservation Awards. Awards are given to a small number of neighborhood groups who have spearheaded impressive preservation campaigns in the past year. Special honors are also presented to one Friend in the Media and one Friend in High Places (for elected officials). Please send your nominations […]

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New! “Financial Incentives for Historic Buildings” Brochure Released by HDC

From tax state and federal tax credits to low-interest loans, there exists a number of financial incentives and support available to help purchase, maintain and restore historic properties. City, state and national preservation offices and commissions, as well as nonprofit organizations, offer resources to ease the costs of home repairs and restorations. To qualify, buildings […]

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HDC Launches Three New League of Preservation Voters Efforts in Anticipation of Upcoming Special Elections

With the November election cycle behind us, HDC is gearing up to go forward with its League of Preservation Voters initiative on a citywide scale. Later in 2009 HDC will be launching League coalitions in all 51 City Council districts, from the northern Bronx to the south shore of Staten Island and everywhere in between. […]

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Dock Street Project Progresses Through ULURP: Borough President to Render Decision Soon

The “Dock Street Dumbo” project, an 18-story mixed-use tower proposed for next to the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, is going through ULURP after having been approved by Brooklyn Community Board 2 a few weeks ago. The project is the second attempt by prominent local developers, Two Trees, to build on the site. The first effort […]

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HDC’s 15th Annual Preservation Conference Just Around the Corner

It’s that time of year again! HDC is proud to announce its 15th Annual Preservation Conference, Communities & Cornices. In anticipation of the upcoming municipal elections in November, the conference will focus on the intersection of preservation and civic engagement. From developing relationships with elected officials to understanding and utilizing important legislation and regulations, this […]

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College Point Mansion to be considered by LPC

 To be heard by LPC on Tuesday, February 10th at the Municipal Building: HERMAN A. SCHLEICHER MANSION, BOROUGH OF QUEENS The mansion at 11-41 123rd Street in College Point was designed by Morris Gescheidt and constructed c. 1857 for Herman A. Schleicher, a German immigrant. Little is known about Mr. Schleicher. He appears to have […]

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Oppose the Fordham University Lincoln Center Master Plan

From the Coalition for a Livable Westside If you haven’t heard the great news, Fordham University’s applications for special permits and the proposed Lincoln Center Master Plan were rejected by a vote of 31 to 0 by Community Board 7/Manhattan at its meeting on Wednesday, January 21. This vote however does not end the process […]

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