Provincetown Playhouse Demolition – Was Anyone Really Surprised?

From The Villager:   It’s the same old N.Y.U.To The Editor: Re “Provincetown drama encore as theater’s wall partly removed” (news article, Aug. 19):   With the discovery of the partial demolition of the walls of the Provincetown Playhouse theater which it promised to preserve, New York University has now reprised its lamentable behavior with […]

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Preservation Alert: Historic Jay Dee Bakery’s Art Deco Features Available Free!

Jay Dee Bakery (98-92 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills) closed its doors after nearly 60 years. It stood as a well-known NY Art Deco landmark since the early 1950s (with features of an earlier bakery dating back to the early 1940s), and has been dear to locals and preservationists. Citywide, there are very few such surviving Art Deco style commercial buildings. On […]

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WPP on the proposed Jewish Home in Park West Village

The Jewish Home’s Proposed Construction within Park West Village; Recent Statements from the Jewish Home; WPP’s Statement about the Jewish Home at Park West Village  A proposed land-swap that will enable the Jewish Home to relocate its current campus on West 106th Street to a new 22-story building within Park West Village was the subject […]

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The Staten Island Museum presents: The Lenape

Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 4-6 p.m. History Archives & Library, Building H, Snug Harbor Cultural Center Discover Staten Island’s first residents: The Lenape! Where they lived, how they lived, and how they survived will all be featured, as will discussions on the Staten Island archeological digs that have yielded their untold secrets. This unique afternoon […]

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Carolyn Kent, Upper Manhattan Preservationist, Dies at 74

Carolyn Kent, a longtime preservationist who helped save numerous buildings in upper Manhattan, has died, her family said Sunday. She was 74. From the 1950s until her final days, Kent fought to secure landmark status for west Harlem and Morningside Heights buildings. She was also active in Community Board 9 and other local organizations. Kent […]

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Spotlight on Upcoming State Landmarks

Regular readers are at least passingly familiar with the New York City Landmarks process, but the New York State process is still a vague mystery to even most landmarks aficionados. Well now’s as good a time to learn as any, since in September, a number of interesting and provocative items are going to be deliberated […]

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NYU Demolishes Part of Provincetown Playhouse After Promising Preservation

After promising to preserve the interior theater space of the Provincetown Playhouse to the community, New York University apologized earlier this week for not informing community leaders that plans had changed. From the Villager: “Alicia Hurley, N.Y.U. vice president for government and community engagement, said a portion of the north wall of the theater, dating […]

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Return of the Monday Morning Coffee Talks! Demolition-by-Neglect

Return of the Monday Morning Coffee Talks! Demolition-by-Neglect With John Weiss, Deputy Counsel, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Monday, September 14 – Note! Event delayed due to Labor Day holiday! 8:30am, Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Manhattan  Though New York’s Landmarks Law ensures the preservation and protection of our city’s historic resources, at any […]

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Lower East Side Walking Tours: Take to the Streets!

  Stoop, Synagogue, Soapbox Thursday, August 20 at 7 PM Are you ready to rumble? During this neighborhood walking tour, enter the ring of early 20th-century Lower East Side politics when this densely populated area fostered an array of competing ideologies. Visit the spaces where pious Jews, secular firebrands, capitalist businessmen and impoverished peddlers faced […]

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New Bill on Safety of Construction Sites Proposed By Council

From Ed Jaworski, Exec. VP, Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association: Several members of the board of the MMHCA met with Councilmember Lew Fidler last week to discuss neighborhood issues. Among the items was a bill soon to come before the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Building: Intro 1015-2009 (Safety and security of construction sites at which […]

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