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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 […]

Landmarks Designates Five Firehouses and Considers Lower East Side Nursing Home

The Bialystoker Home had an excellent designation public hearing on Tuesday.  Although the building ceased operation as a nursing home last year and is currently up for sale, the owners stated that they were not opposed to landmarking.  Nearly twenty other speakers, including CM Margaret Chin, Community Board 3, Friends of the Bialystoker, and HDC, […]

Winter Garden staircase

Brookfield Properties plans to demolish the beautiful staircase in the Winter Garden at the World Trade Center as part of its redevelopment of the Winter Garden in light of the new tunnel that is being built under the Westside Highway to connect the new Trade Center to the Winter garden. The grand staircase was rebuilt […]

Admiral’s Row Public Meeting: December 11th

More on the Row soon….This ‘Admiral’ is demotedBy Dana RubinsteinThe Brooklyn Paper This may be your last chance to save the Admirals Row. On Dec. 11, the National Guard, which still controls the 10 150-year-old mansions in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will hold its first public hearing about the fate of the buildings, the embodiment […]

Petition to Save the Elmhurst Carnegie Library

At a 2007 Newtown Civic Association meeting, James Van Bramer of the Queens Library, explained he is seeking dialogue from the community and preservationists. If enough people oppose the proposed demolition, he would be open to possibilities along the lines of historic preservation which highlight the much-needed expansion. Therefore, it is highly recommended that petition […]

Proposal To Save Elmhurst’s Carnegie Library

A letter to the Queens Library from Michael Perlman, a member of the Queens Preservation Council, and Chairman of Rego-Forest Preservation Council. Dear Mr. Van Bramer: My name is Michael Perlman, and I am a member of the Queens Preservation Council, and Chairman of Rego-Forest Preservation Council. As you may recall, we met last spring […]

Explore some of the schools of C.B.J. Snyder

Sunday, October 27, 2:00 pmThe Public Schools of C.B.J.Snyder: Stuyvesant to Gramercy Squares Superintendent of School Building from 1891-1923 during the glory days of public education, Snyder designed nearly 400 schools and additions. Replacing unsafe, unsanitary factory-like buildings, his “palaces of the people” (Jacob Riis’ phrase) convey Progressive and reform beliefs in light, play, health, […]

Trying to Preserve a Busy, Historic Library in Queens

From the New York Times (alas, the article spends more energy talking about Queens’ ethnic diversity than the importance of preserrving its past, but the attention is appreciated): Seeking Protection for a Library With a Fabled Past By SAKI KNAFOSeptember 30, 2007 THE Elmhurst Community Library, a Georgian Revival building on Broadway and 51st Avenue […]

A History of McCarren Pool preservation efforts

From the New York Press As McCarren Park Pool becomes a hipster playground, it prepares for a new beginning By Brian J. Carreira You can hear the bass from the subway station eight blocks away. Wander down Lorimer Street under the BQE, and the sound grows more distinct until it dominates the air. You fall […]

LPC Designates 4 houses and 3 pools

The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved landmark status for two Federal style buildings at 486 and 488 Greenwich Street in Greenwich Village, as part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts to preserve examples of the City’s development following the Revolutionary War.Read more. Also, two Turn-of-the 20th Century French Renaissance Revival Mansions in Midtown Manhattan Earn Landmark […]

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