November 2012, Volume 9, Number 5

At Home in Utopia has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 10, 2013 6-8pm at the Tribeca Fim Center!

At Home in Utopia,  written and directed by Michal Goldman,  tells the story of the Eastern European garment workers who joined together to create a “Bronx Bohemia” known as the Coops.  This cooperative apartment complex was built in 1925 on the corner of Allerton Avenue across from Bronx Park.  The Coops were what some would consider the ideal community; based on the philosophies of communal living and designed with the ideas of a bucolic setting in mind, the Coops were a “dream home” to many.  The residents wanted a design aesthetic that was uncommon in New York at the time; bright, airy and spacious, which was representative of the change that was sought to promote public health, safety and a sense of community.  The residents of the Coops were also politically active as advocates for racial equality during a time of severe distress, violence and social injustice.  Join us for this special screening and panel discussion of “At Home in Utopia”, where several of the former residents will to discuss their lives in the Bronx.

Directed by Michal Goldman, 2008, 133 minutes. Image courtesy of New York Times

Purchase tickets for the screening HERE!

This series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by Council members Margaret Chin, Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Vincent Gentile, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez.


It’s Your Opportunity to Ask Questions!

Monday Morning Coffee Talks: Winter 2012-13 

THIS Monday, December 3: Robert LiMandri, Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings

8:30 am-10:00 am

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Between Second and Third Avenues, Manhattan

This program is FREE, but reservations are required and space is limited.  Please contact: bzay@hdc.org

From regulating more than 950,000 buildings to upholding countless technical codes and safety regulations, the Department of Buildings juggles many of the city’s most essential tasks. Homeowners renovating their property, developers laying out new plans for empty lots, and citizens concerned with the conditions of neighboring construction sites all rely on the DOB for help and assistance. Yet how the DOB functions on a daily basis – how it manages its monitoring duties, how it makes determinations on permit applications – is largely unknown to most New Yorkers. Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri will address attendees’ questions on a wide range of topics, so come prepared to engage in an informal discussion centered around your most pressing issues and concerns.

To learn more about this and other upcoming Coffee Talks, please visit our website: http://hdc.org/program-events/winter-2012-2013-coffee-talks


HDC Holiday Book Talk: NEW LOCATION!

Wednesday, December 5, 6:00-8:00pm 

featuring Thomas E. Rinaldi,

author of the new book New York Neon

NEW LOCATION: Bowne & Co. Stationers

211 Water Street

(between Fulton and Beekman Streets, Manhattan)

Come help celebrate with HDC and give to a good cause. All proceeds from this event will go to support the South Street Seaport Museum and Bowne & Co. Stationers, which were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

RSVP by December 3 to bzay@hdc.org

$5 Friends of HDC, $10 for the general public (payable at the door)

Space is limited.

                Become a Friend online or call 212-614-9107.



2011 Six To Celebrate Brochure: Bedford-Stuyvesant


Are you trying to decide what to get a friend or colleague as a holiday gift? Look no further because as part of our Six to Celebrate program, HDC has created walking tour brochures for each of the 2011 neighborhoods. The brochures include beautiful pictures along with historic and current facts about specific areas/buildings. We have done a limited printing so if you would like to own them do not wait! We are currently selling all six for $10 (including shipping & handling).

You can view and purchase all 6 Walking Tour Brochures HERE!






March 1, 2 & 3 2013 (more details to follow)

*To RSVP or learn more contact hdc@hdc.org


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