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Film Screening-Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion

Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion Documentary Film Screening Tuesday, June 2, 2015  6:00pm The Paris Café, 119 South Street (at Peck Slip) Join HDC for a film screening of Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion, Matthew Silva’s documentary about an abandoned structure designed by modernist icon Philip Johnson for the 1964 World’s Fair. This screening [...]


Preservation in the News

Despite cries of foul, Seaport building appears headed for the wrecking ball Downtown Express Because of the Tin’s precarious state, Hughes had proposed carefully dismantling it and restoring it close to its original state, so the latest news presumably should not change those plans, although not everyone is sure. “It seems clear to me that [...]


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, [...]


Annual Grassroots and Preservation Party 2015

  Thursday, June 25, 2015  6:30 - 8:30 pm The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at East 103rd Street) PLEASE NOTE:  Due to a scheduling conflict, the Grassroots Awards has been rescheduled from May 28th to June 25th      Being a Co-Sponsor will also help fund HDC’s much-needed advocacy and [...]

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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      Landmarks Under Consideration – Staten Island Bus Tour- Saturday, June 13 at 1:00PM    Tour led by Barnett Shepherd           South Street Seaport- Thursday, June 18 at 6:00PM    Tour led by Francis Morrone         [...]

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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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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 that [...]

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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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