Annual Grassroots and Preservation Party 2015

Every year, the Historic Districts Council celebrates New York’s brightest community preservationists with our Annual Grassroots Preservation Awards. To honor this year’s 50th anniversary of the New York Landmarks Law, we’re hosting the party at a very special place – the Museum of the City of New York in collaboration with their new exhibit: “Saving [...]

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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   East Harlem, Part 1- Monday, April 27 at 6:00PM  East Harlem, Part 2- Monday, May 4 at 6:00PM  Tours led  by Justin Ferate   Woodlawn Heights Pub Crawl- Saturday, May 9 at 3:00PM         Tour led by Erin Lee and Kim [...]


Preservation in the News

 Simeon Bankoff: Taking the Context out of Contextual Zoning City Land Since their introduction almost 25 years ago, many communities across New York City have looked to contextual zoning to help protect the character of their neighborhoods and encourage appropriate new development which enhances where they call home. These are not fly-by-night efforts; frequently volunteers [...]


Continuing Education Panel: Cast Iron New York

The Historic Districts Council is pleased to present Cast Iron New York as part of a series of continuing education panels focusing on historic materials. These programs illuminate the complex histories, manufacturing methods, restoration process and use as a contemporary material. Continuing Education Panel Cast Iron New York Wednesday, April 29, 2015 8:30am Check-in and [...]

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 SECRET LIVES TOUR: GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL Friday, May 1, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law and join the Historic Districts Council for a Secret Lives Tour of one of our most iconic landmarks, Grand Central Terminal.  Come explore the hallowed passageways, grand halls and [...]

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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 [...]


Saving Place- Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods

  Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30pm Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen to make affordable housing one of his administration’s chief policy initiatives. “As we invest in more affordable housing,” he said, “we will also work with communities to preserve the fabric of our neighborhoods and invest in things [...]

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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

The demolition of The Bancroft Building 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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HDC Announces the De-calendaring Items as a 2015 Six to Celebrate

Update:  Six to Celebrate – LANDMARKS UNDER CONSIDERATION, NEW YORK CITY In November 2014, the Landmarks Preservation Commission announced a plan to remove 96 previously considered sites and properties from its calendar. Although the agency chose not to take immediate action on the plan, there remain over 150 sites under consideration that are unprotected. Over [...]

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