Join HDC for the Landmarks Lion Award

Our three honorees have preserved or protected nearly every piece of architectural terra cotta around the city – from the Guastavino ceiling of the Oyster Bar to the terra cotta of the Woolworth Tower.  Led by Susan Tunick, Friends of Terra Cotta has been the leading organization promoting education and research in the preservation of […]

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Explore Terra Cotta NYC

Downtown Terra-Cotta Tour Sunday, October 21, 2018 11 a.m. Before New York’s tallest towers were sheathed in glass, they were clad in clay. Terra-Cotta, or “fired earth,” is an ancient building material made of baked clay, that helped make New York a Modern city. At the turn of the 20th century, terra-cotta became a sought-after […]

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Six to Celebrate Tours – Fall 2018

Saturdays- Sept. 8 – Atlantic Avenue | Sept. 22 – Arthur Avenue | Sept. 29 – Corona-East Elmhurst Fall Six to Celebrate Tour Schedule All tours are  $20 for Friends of HDC / Seniors and $30 General Admission, except where noted All tours run approximately two hours except where noted. Stuyvesant Square (Cultural Landmarks) Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:00AM  Join […]

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HDC’s Preservation School | Fall 2018

October 3 | October 11 |  October 16 |  October 23  These four 60-minute sessions will begin at 6:00PM on weekday evenings in October 2018 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Classes are $15 each or $50 for all four WHOLE SERIES   Wednesday, October 3:                                  Preservation Tools for […]

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Landmark the Lefkowitz: RFE for 80 Centre Street

Scoping hearing for 80 Centre Street – Thursday, September 27, 6:00 p.m., at One Centre Street, NY  Mayor de Blasio unveiled a plan in summer 2018 to dissolve Rikers Island Correctional Facility by way of building four new jails in all boroughs except for Staten Island. In Manhattan, 80 Centre Street was selected for a new […]

Joint Letter Requesting the Withdrawal of the Proposed LPC Rules Changes

UPDATE- LPC will be scheduling another public hearing to discuss the revisions to the proposed rules amendments UPDATE The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will be taking a vote on Tuesday, July 31, to schedule a new public hearing to discuss the revisions to the proposed Rules amendments. The hearing will most likely be in October and […]

HDC’s Comprehensive Analysis of LPC Rules

Please continue reading for our testimony regarding the latest LPC Rules change under consideration. The Historic Districts Council (HDC) reviews every public proposal affecting New York City’s landmarks and historic districts and provides testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) whenever it is needed. Please continue reading for our testimony regarding the latest Rules change […]

Preservation in the News

Preservationists Thrilled East New York’s Empire State Dairy Landmarked, Say More Needs Saving by Craig Hubert East New York is “an area whose history is profoundly underserved by official recognition and greatly at risk from the City’s plan,” Simeon Bankoff, executive director of preservation advocacy group Historic Districts Council, told Brownstoner, referring to the recent rezoning. “We […]

Defending Historic Preservation in New York City

Historic preservation as both a strategy and as a philosophy is under attack as never before. Although community advocates have achieved some big successes in recent years by gaining long-sought landmark designations and thwarting (or at least modifying) destructive proposals to historic buildings, the Real Estate Board of New York (“REBNY”), the principal lobbyist for […]

A Study of New York City’s Belgian Block Heritage

Toward Accessible Historic Streetscapes Prepared for the Historic Districts Council Belgian block streets are still found in every corner of New York, sometimes paving an entire street or other times, only being revealed by some pavement which has worn off, revealing the roadbeds of the past. These streets are found both inside and outside of […]

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