November 2012, Volume 9, Number 2

Storm Reports on the Six to Celebrate

HDC would like to provide you with an update on our 2011

and 2012 Six to Celebrate neighborhoods. For the most part, there was only minimal damage to the specific communities that we are working with. A number of trees were lost in Inwood, while Gowanus saw significant flooding to some blocks surrounding the canal. However, our groups were fortunate in that no one was hurt due to the storm and most properties in these neighborhoods were spared. Our biggest concern was for the Bungalows in Far Rockaway, Queens. Although the structures themselves have remained intact, much of the surrounding area is completelydevastated. We have been receiving updates periodically from residents of the Far Rockaway Bungalow community. Please see this link to help with relief efforts and continue to reach out to HDC with any questions, comments or concerns






A film series that highlights stories from across the five boroughs on how our city came to be and the people who helped shape it.

All screenings will be held at the Tribeca Film Center located at 375 Greenwich Street

To Purchase Tickets click HERE!


Thursday Novmber 8, 2012 6pm



Thursday, November 8, 6PM


Directed by David Sigal, 2009, 1 hour 29 minutes. This film is not rated.

Featuring a discussion with Florent himself!

To purchase tickets and for more information about this and other movie screenings click here.

Directed by David Sigal, 2009, 1 hour 29 minutes. This film is not rated.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6pm

Come Support Relief Efforts: A Benefit for Coney Island!

Screening of CONEY ISLAND

Wednesday, November 14, 6PM

Directed by Ric Burns, 1991, 1 hour.

Coney Island suffered significant devastation during hurricane Sandy including damage to the iconic boardwalk, the landmark Shore Theater and the cultural center, Coney Island USA, to say nothing of the surrounding neighborhoods. All proceeds from this film screening will be donated toward Coney Island relief. HDC has also invited guests involved in Coney Island preservation efforts to attend the program and speak about the current situation and how the public can help.

Directed by Ric Burns, 1991, 1 hour. 

$5 per program for Friends of HDC, Seniors and Students, $10 for the general public. To purchase tickets click HERE! Space is limited.

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.


Landmarks Lion 2012: Simeon Bankoff, Francoise Bollack, Roberta Brandes Gratz, Kent Barwick, Laurie Beckelman, Joan Davidson

The Landmarks Lion event this past Monday was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who attended to celebrate Roberta’s decades of accomplishments as an advocate, author, journalist, urban critic and much more!

More than 175 people gathered at the landmark Four Seasons Restaurant enjoyed drinks and appetizers in the Grill Room, followed by dinner around the signature centerpiece of the Pool Room. Ron ShiffmanRichard Rabinowitz and Stephen Goldsmith were on hand to laud Roberta’s achievements.

In her remarks, Roberta noted “Preservation has had great success in New York City and around the country since I started writing about it in the early 70s. You, the landmarks community of this city, have been vigilant, dedicated, un-intimidated and savvy in so many ways. Your task has only gotten harder and will continue to do so. But for my money, I’ll keep betting on you…”. We could not have said it better ourselves!

Thank you to everyone who supported this event, which is HDC’s major fundraiser to further HDC’s work with more than 500 neighborhood and community-based groups across the city. A special thanks (and a deep apology) to past Lion Walter B. Melvin Architects, whose congratulatory ad was inadvertently left out of the program.

Click the links to see photos from the event and read Roberta’s remarks in full. PHOTOS & REMARKS.

(all images courtesy Gramercy Park Photo)


Do You Have a Preservation Project That HDC Can Help With?

Apply now to Six To Celebrate 2013!  –  APPLICATION EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16


HDC has begun the search for its 2013 Six to Celebrate neighborhoods! You can now apply to be one of the six by going online to http://hdc.org/program-events/six-to-celebrate/2013-application. You may also download the PDF application here: Six To Celebrate 2013 application form, or give us a call at 212-614-9107 if you would like one sent to you. To read more about the Six to Celebrate program, please visit our website at: http://hdc.org/program-events/six-to-celebrate.  We look forward to your submissions.

Among the many benefits of being chosen for the Six to Celebrate, a custom-written walking tour brochure and neighborhood guide will be provided to each area participating.  See here for sample neighborhood guides – would you like one of these for your district?


Monday Morning Coffee Talks: Winter 2012-13


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


What about a special site in your neighborhood?

Edward Durell Stone House, 130 East 64 Street

The Cultural Medallions are a program of the Historic Landmarks Preservation CenterBarbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Chair of the HLPC, created the Cultural Medallions program to ensure that New York’s rich history was not forgotten. The HLPC has installed close to 100 medallions around the city to heighten public awareness of the cultural and social history of New York City. HLPC and HDC have been working together to provide new plaques since 2011. We invite nominations for new medallions by filling out this form. Sites should reflect significant individuals or events (where people lived or where events occurred) in still existing buildings. The program seeks to honor individuals who have made important contributions to New York City in the arts, sciences, the law, business, education, sports and politics, as well as anything you consider truly remarkable and original about the cultural heritage of New York City. 


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