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HDC Announces the De-calendaring Items as a 2015 Six to Celebrate

Update:  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.   Six to Celebrate – LANDMARKS UNDER CONSIDERATION, NEW YORK CITY In November 2014, the Landmarks Preservation Commission announced a plan to remove 96 previously [...]

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The Historic Districts Council’s Summer Mixers!

Raise a Glass and Lend Your Voice to The Historic Districts Council’s Summer Mixers! Join fellow preservationists and activists in your neighborhood for a spirited meet-up to share the latest in district development and preservation news. Summer in New York is typically the time when large-scale plans are proposed, and this Summer is no different.  [...]

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Preservation in the News

Frick Museum Abandons Contested Renovation Plan NY Times By ROBIN POGREBIN The Frick Collection has yielded. Facing a groundswell of opposition to a proposed renovation that would have eliminated a gated garden to make way for a six-story addition, the museum — long admired for its intimate scale — has decided to abandon those plans and start over from scratch. “It just [...]

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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, [...]

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Six to Celebrate Spring/Summer Walking Tours

  For more information about the walking tours go to our Six to Celebrate website      Lost and Found Murals of East Harlem Thursday, July 16, 6-8 p.m.   Building on a long tradition in Latin American art, East Harlem’s murals have been an instrumental part of its social movements. But as the neighborhood [...]

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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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Deserving but not Designated-Brooklyn

Deserved but not Designated are neighborhoods in New York City which have submitted comprehensive Requests For Evaluation (RFEs) and/or have had public hearings at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, yet remain unprotected by landmark designation.  These landmark-worthy places possess the same qualities as landmark districts, such as architectural integrity, historic significance and distinct neighborhood character. HDC [...]

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Defending Historic Preservation in New York City

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 Real Estate Board of New York, [...]

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“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 [...]

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2013 Six to Celebrate Walking Tour Brochures

Enjoy the beautiful summer weather with our Six to Celebrate walking tour brochures ! 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 [...]

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