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Preservation School

Head back to school with HDC The Historic Districts Council is pleased to present a series of classes that will illuminate the essentials of historic preservation. Whether you live in a historic district, sit on your local community board or just want to learn about the built environment of your city, these classes will provide [...]

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It’s What is on the Inside that Counts: EverGreene Architectural Arts Studio Tour and Presentation

Join HDC for a studio tour and presentation by EverGreene Architectural Arts While building exteriors are often the most lauded architectural features and contribute to the sense of urbanism that defines New York City, the interior of these historic buildings-the murals, decorative paint, ornamental plaster, gilding and other unique specialty finishes- make them even more [...]

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Preservation in the News

The War on New York’s Waterfront New York Times By PAUL GREENBERG, ROLAND LEWIS and JOAN K. DAVIDSON What we don’t need, in a place whose uniqueness attracts the world, is another sterile development that further reduces Manhattan to an overstuffed version of every other city in the country. It will take time, thought, private investment and, dare we say [...]

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2014 Grassroots Preservation Awards and Preservation Party -Pictures

The 2014 Grassroots Preservation Awards and Preservation Party was held on Wednesday June 4,2014 at Grace Church. The recipients were: Michael Perlman 730 Riverside Drive Tenants Association First Avenue Estate Coalition Lola Finkelstein and the Multi-Board Task Force on East Midtown. Friend in High Places- Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer  Friend from the Media- The Lo-Down For more [...]

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Doreen Gallo: DUMBO

Voices from the Neighborhood   BROOKLYN Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance Interviewed October 7, 2010, by Susan Hopper, HDC board member ——————————————————————————————————— How did you get started with preservation? In 1997, a developer proposed a plan to develop the DUMBO interbridge area between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. I organized a waterfront subcommittee of the [...]

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Defending Historic Preservation in New York City

The demolition of the Dakota Stables Although community advocates have achieved some big successes in recent years gaining long-sought landmark designations and thwarting (or at least modifying) destructive proposals to historic buildings, historic preservation as both a strategy and as a philosophy is under attack as never before. Emboldened by years of record growth, the [...]

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Six to Celebrate Tours 2014

  For full information about these tours go to our Six to Celebrate website by clicking here  All tours are $5 for friends, students and seniors/ $10 for non-friends Atlantic Avenue: SOLD OUT! View Pictures of the Atlantic Avenue Tour        Forest Close/Forest Hills: SOLD OUT!! View Pictures of the Forest Close Tour  [...]

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2013 Six to Celebrate Walking Tour Brochures

Getting Cabin Fever from the Winter Weather? Take a Literary Tour of New York’s Neighborhoods! Walking Tour Brochures are now available for purchase, and as downloadable PDFs. For the past three years the Historic Districts Council has been producing these beautiful brochures complete with historic and contemporary information about the Six to Celebrate neighborhoods. Each [...]

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The Campaign to Preserve the Carnegie Libraries

Campaign to Preserve the Carnegie Libraries: The Historic Districts Council recognizes New York’s public library systems as one of the city’s most important resources. Each branch is an anchor in its community and is where countless generations of New Yorkers have been nurtured and enabled to flourish, regardless of their personal economic or social circumstances. [...]

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