Society for Industrial Archeology on HDC’s Pier 15 Testimony

Dear IA friends, Last week, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission considered a design for a new pier 15 in the South Street Seaport Historic District. As you will see from press reports linked below, the design for this structure was approved (See related links at Gothamist, NY Post). The Historic Districts Council, waterfront activists, and […]

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East Village History Project + StoryCorps!

East Village History Project has partnered with StoryCorps,, an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Since 2003, tens of thousands of people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived […]

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The Resilient City: New York Facing Adversity

The Resilient City: New York Facing Adversity Thursday • April 2 • 6:30 PM Urbanist Jane Jacobs wrote in The Death and Life of Great American Cities that “lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration.” Join Columbia University professor Kenneth T. Jackson as he moderates a discussion on New York’s resilience […]

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Captain Abram and Ruth Dissosway Cole House, 4927 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island Rejected for Landmark Status

This just in: the Captain Abram and Ruth Dissosway Cole House, 4927 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island has been turned denied further consideration as an individual New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Observers report that LPC Chair Robert Tienrney stated that the building was too altered and had lost too much of […]

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The Staten Island Ferry: A History

In celebration of the The Staten Island Ferry: A History, a new book from the Staten Island Museum, you are invited to attend a book talk and signing with  Patricia M. Salmon. Saturday, March 28, 2009 1:00 p.m. Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Visitor Center, Veteran’s Road West and Sharrotts Road, Charleston, Staten Island. […]

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Free Barry Lewis Lecture!

You are cordially invited you to a FREE lecture by BARRY LEWIS on the occasion of the centennial of the opening of the Queensboro Bridge The Queensboro Bridge: Architecture & Design at the Dawn of Modernism. Monday, March 30, 2009 6:30 – 8:30PM LaGuardia Community College 31-10 Thomson Avenue, E242 Long Island City, NY 11101 […]

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Film Celebrates Women’s History Month on Roosevelt Island

The dramatic stories of two amazing women are the focus of a film series to be held in celebration of Women’s History Month on Roosevelt Island. The audacious Adventures of Nellie Bly is an acclaimed biography of Nellie Bly, a daring investigative reporter. The movie presents her initial fame in revealing conditions in the 19th […]

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Why Chicago’s Landmarks Law Matters,0,6160441.story   Don’t wreak havoc: Landmarks law works By Richard Moe March 23, 2009 For 40 years, Chicago’s landmarks ordinance has been a highly effective tool for spotlighting and protecting the historic places that give the city its unique character. Last month, however, a court decided that the ordinance is too vague. It’s time for […]

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It’s more than a cemetery; it’s the final resting place of many who are hidden from view by history and procedure. Learn the fascinating history of Hart Island, a 101-acre site off the shores of The Bronx, in a presentation by author and filmmaker Melinda Hunt. As an advocate for the preservation of this long-overlooked […]

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Taking Questions from The New York Times

N.Y. / Region City Room: Ask About Preserving New York’s Historic Districts By The New York Times Published: March 23, 2009 Taking Questions: This week, Simeon Bankoff, the executive director of the Historic Districts Council, is answering readers’ questions.

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