Coney Island Hearing Tomorrow!

July 1, Wed, 10 am: City Council Hearing on Coney Island Rezoning    Is a world-famous, iconic amusement destination enjoye by all New Yorkers. But the future of Coney Island is at risk. Get Informed! Get Involved! Join the Fight!  THE CITY’S PLAN SHRINKS CONEY ISLAND ’S AMUSEMENT DISTRICT  The City’s plan reduces the area reserved […]

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A Guide to Gangsters, Murderers & Weirdos of NYC’s Lower East Side

Announcing the new book from Eric Ferrara, of the East Village History Project! A Guide to Gangsters, Murderers & Weirdos of NYC’s Lower East Side $19.99, The History Press ISBN: 978.1.59629.677.0 • Purchase book online: • Soon available at the East Village Visitor’s Center (308 Bowery, NYC) A Guide to Gangsters, Murderers & Weirdos […]

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Two Upper West Side Hoped-For Landmarks to Be Heard By LPC

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has set a hearing on the proposal to landmark two important Upper West Side structures: the West-Park Presbyterian Church and the IRT Powerhouse. On Tuesday, July 14, the public will have the opportunity to testify on behalf of these buildings and urge LPC to designated them as individual landmarks.  Come join […]

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Help Save Coney Island

As someone with an interest in New York City history, development and preservation (and we hope as a reader of this site that you are), you might be aware of the current situation in Coney Island. To make a complicated issue simple, there’s currently a major debate about the future of Coney Island – Thor Equities […]

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Designations at LPC … and Two Decalendarings

 On June 23rd LPC held another designation day.  In all, two individual landmarks and three historic districts were calendared, one district and 17 individuals were heard, three individual landmarks and a district were designated … and two buildings were decalendared.  “Decalendared” isn’t exactly a real word, but we have been using it to describe when […]

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Fate of PS 133 Still Undecided; How You Can Help

(Article with many thanks to SJ Avery) On Tuesday, the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses held a public hearing on the School Construction Authority’s proposed plan to demolish PS 133 and replaced is with a larger building that will take up the top of the block between Butler and Baltic […]

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(Roosevelt Island, NY, June 23, 2009) – More than 12 million of our grandparents and relatives gained entry to freedom and the opportunity to seek their fortune when they reached Ellis Island. Learn the fascinating history of the gateway to America, in a presentation by Judith McAlpin, President of Save Ellis Island, Inc. The restored […]

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The History of Staten Island – Part I

The Staten Island Museum announces: The History of Staten Island – Part I Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2009, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the History Archives & Library of the Staten Island Museum Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island Cost: $50/$30 members for the series of five […]

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New York City Trivia Rumble!

New York City Trivia Rumble! Popular Monthly Trivia Night Returns Fri, July 3, 6:00pm What subway line would you take to get from Yankee Stadium to Coney Island? On what street was Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti album cover shot? Which direction does traffic flow on Central park East? What current world leader gave a campaign […]

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Support East Harlem Preservation!

Come support East Harlem Preservation‘s growth and join us as we celebrate our community’s past, present and future! Thursday, June 25th 6 – 9 PM East Harlem Cafe Corner of Lexington Avenue & East 104th Street $25 donation Join us! Since 2005, East Harlem Preservation has helped promote and preserve the neighborhood’s rich history and […]

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