LPC Should Evaluate 270 Park Avenue As a Landmark

February 21, 2018   Hon. Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission The Municipal Building, One Centre Street New York, NY 10007   Dear Commissioner Srinivasan, The Historic Districts Council noted the recent news of the demolition of the former Union Carbide Building at 270 Park Avenue with great alarm.  The building was designed by […]

E-Bulletin of the Historic Districts Council: Tell Senator Schumer It’s Our City Too!

 E-BULLETIN OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL November 2013, Volume 10, Number 2 Preservation is a key factor in New York’s economy, quality of life, and identity. It provides thousands of local jobs, attracts millions of tourists, and maintains livable neighborhoods in all five boroughs.   So imagine our dismay to find Senator Chuck Schumer, who […]

Committee to Save the New York Public Library: The Central Library Plan

The Truth About the Central Library Plan Executive Summary The Central Library Plan (CLP) would close and sell two major public libraries – the Mid-Manhattan branch and the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) – and consolidate their functions within the 42nd Street Research Library building. To accomplish this, the Research Library’s seven-story book stacks […]

HDC’s Statement on the NYPL’s Central Library Plan

NYPL’s Central Library Plan The New York Public Library is an institution that embodies the altruistic principle that education is the great societal elevator. It was founded in the belief that everyone should have access to the resources necessary for self-improvement. Unfortunately, with the NYPL’s pursuit of the Central Library Plan, it appears that mission […]

Six To Celebrate 2013 Launch Party Photos!

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to learn more about the 2013 Six to Celebrate neighborhoods we will be working with this year. Our intentions of bringing everyone together to connect, discover and educate one another on the preservation issues of theses neighborhoods was achieved.   HDC appreciates your continued support and dedication […]

HDC Calls for Preservation of 3 Midtown Manhattan Rowhouses

January 7, 2008 Hon. Robert Tierney, ChairLandmarks Preservation CommissionThe Municipal Building, 9th FloorOne Centre StreetNew York, NY 10007 Re: 41 West 54th Street, 46 West 55th Street and 36 West 56th Street Dear Commissioner Tierney, The Historic Districts Council strongly supports the consideration of the three buildings at 41 West 54th Street, 46 West 55th […]

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Learn about the architecture of the Garment Center

Building Capitol: The Vernacular Architecture of the Garment DistrictOctober 9th, 6:30 p.m. – Recital Hall CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th StreetFREE. Seating is limited. Admittance will be on a first come, first served basis, no reservations. For more information:visit www.gothamcenter.org or call 212.817.8474. The Garment District is one of the most famous […]

Online Petition to Save the Playpen

The Committee To Save The Playpen Theater is looking for signatures for its online petition to save NYC’s oldest vaudeville Theater, the Playpen on 8th Avenue between 43rd & 44th Streets, which was known as the Ideal Theatre in 1916. The clock is ticking on this Beaux Art gem. Demolition permits are pending , and […]

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Yes, there really is a committee to save the Playpen

Committee To Save The PlaypenTheaterFor Immediate Release Contact: Michael Perlman,NYC Preservationist & theater enthusiast(917) 446-7775unlockthevault@hotmail.com Orlando LopesTheater Historical Society of America, NYC Dir.(631) 225-7071 Oldest Extant Vaudeville Theater Slated For Demolition:Preservationists’ Plea & Proposal NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 11, 2007) – Citywide preservationists and theater historians are calling on developer Daniel Tishman of Tishman Realty […]

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One more nail in the coffin of Times Square’s sorted history

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/07/a-seedy-eighth-avenue-landmark-gone-dark/ September 7, 2007, 10:11 amA Seedy Eighth Avenue Landmark, Gone DarkBy David W. Dunlap Slide Show on the Playpen The homogenization of the Times Square area (yes, The Times has contributed to the phenomenon with its new headquarters opposite the Port Authority Bus Terminal) has claimed another quirky victim: the Playpen, a former cinema […]

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