The Politics of Preservation

bricklayers & allied craftworks

Broadening Our Coalition: Testimonials from the Trades

Some assume that all unions oppose historic preservation. But nothing could be further from the truth. Historic preservation creates high-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. That’s just one of the many reasons that the Bricklayers Union chose to endorse our efforts in January of 2016. And it’s only the beginning. We‘ve spent the years reaching […]

2015 De-Calendared Items

Update:  The LPC has released  the dates of each of the hearings along with resources files and fact sheets. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has agreed to hold hearings for each property on the calendared list! This was first reported in the Wall Street Journal on June 18, 2015. HDC & Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s solution […]

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Why City Council’s Proposed Bill Intro 775 is Detrimental to Landmarks

Below is a memo in opposition to Intro 775, the bill which aims to halt landmarks designations.  There will be a hearing on Wednesday, September 9th at  11am in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. We urge you to attend and testify on this bill as it has the potential to affect all future designation […]

Rent Stabilization & Historic Neighborhoods: The Real Story

  REBNY’s Latest Report Swings & Misses This week, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) released an unscholarly report claiming that historic districts are injurious to the retention of rent-stabilized apartments in New York City (“Landmarking does not protect affordable housing, report says”). We checked the facts, and what we found was that […]

Analysis of the Effects of Intro. 775 on Landmark Designation

As proposed, Intro. 775 mandates for the consideration of historic districts the Landmarks Preservation Commission has: • 12 months from a vote to calendar to hold a public hearing • 12 months from the public hearing to vote to designate or the district cannot be acted upon for five years. While the City Council’s own dataset […]

“A Proven Success: How the New York City Landmarks Law and Process Benefit the City”

Report Assesses Value of Landmark Preservation 50 Years After Passage of New York City Landmarks Law Rebuts Claims From Real Estate Board of New York as Self-Serving A Proven Success – CECPP Report   Opening Letter from HDC President Leo Blackman A new report shows how landmark designation by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission […]

HDC & Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s solution to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Back list of Considered Properties

Support HDC & Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s solution to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Back list of Considered Properties Dear Friend, The public has the opportunity to provide feedback on the LPC’s proposed Administrative Action to eliminate the agency’s back list of Calendared properties but we have to act soon. We have until May 1, […]

HDC Statement- Zoning for Quality & Affordability Scoping Session

March 25, 2015 Statement of the Historic Districts Council City Planning Commission Zoning for Quality & Affordability   The Historic Districts Council is the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods.  We represent over 500 neighborhood-based group dedicated to preserving the physical character of their communities. Many of our constituents have spent years working with […]

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Penn Station: From Beaux-Arts to Bulldozed

WILL BE RESCHEDULED  SohoPhoto Gallery 15 White Street, New York, NY 10013 Join the Historic Districts Council to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of New York City’s Landmarks Law at Soho Photo Gallery on September 17th at 6:30pm. View exclusive photos of Penn Station’s demolition and a dramatic reading of The Eternal Space, a new play […]

Historic Districts Council names Daniel J. Allen As Board President

Historic Districts Council names Daniel J. Allen As Board President   New York, NY – July 30, 2015 – The Historic Districts Council — advocate for all of New York City’s historic neighborhoods, representing a constituency of over 500 local community organizations – has named Daniel J. Allen, Board President. “Mr. Allen has been a […]

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