E-BULLETIN: Preservation Conference this weekend!!!!


February 2013, Volume 10, Number 2


The Nineteenth Annual Preservation Conference!

March 1-3, 2013


HDC save the date Pres Conf 2013-frontMarch 1: Keynote Address and Opening Night Reception

Friday, March 1, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre,

West 27th Street and Seventh Avenue, Manhattan


“Might This Be the Best of Times?: A Consideration on the Future of Historic Preservation”

Keynote Address: Dr. Clement Alexander Price, Vice Chair, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and Director; Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience.


Tickets for this event are $35/person, $30 for Friends of HDC, seniors and students. Reservations required. Please call (212) 614-9107 or visit our website.

March 2: “Preservation Now! Today’s Victories, Losses and Ongoing Battles!” Conference

9:30am – 1:00pm

New York Law School

185 West Broadway at Leonard Street, Manhattan

The Conference continues on Saturday with two presentations and panel discussions, as well as the Annual Preservation Fair. This year’s panels are:


Preservation Campaigns in the Public Sector


Manhattan is one of the most heterogeneous places in America with commercial areas spilling into residential zones flowing into entertainment districts. As our city continues to expand and grow, proposed plans for the borough’s distinct areas can be greatly at odds with its existing historic character.  How can we balance the city’s plans with Manhattan’s rich historic architecture, especially when plans are so often driven by real estate speculation which thrives on demolition and new construction as opposed to stewardship and reuse. This panel will feature Jack Goldstein, Andrew Scott Dolkart and Kerri Culhane discussing prominent past and present preservation campaigns and projects such as the Broadway Theaters, the Garment Center and the proposed East Midtown rezoning.

Preservation Campaigns and Neighborhoods


Part of the city’s constant change is the ongoing shift in every area’s demographics.  Even in the most stable of residential neighborhoods, national origin, economic status, educational background and even family size can and do change radically over a short period of time. In some areas, the preservation of neighborhood character has been part of the developing dialogue, while in other communities it has sadly been absent. For this panel, speakers Lacey Tauber, Donald Brennan, and John Reddick will examine three such examples, highlighting the ways each area has been affected both positively and negatively by the relationship between preservation and development.


During the Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from local advocates working throughout the city. During the registration hour, selected community groups will present relevant projects as part of HDC’s Annual Preservation Fair in the gallery adjoining the Conference throughout the morning.




UPDATE: HDC is pleased to announce that attendees are eligible for 3 AIA LU for the Saturday portion of the Preservation Conference. Please note your interest in AIA credits when signing up for the conference.






Saturday, March 2, 8:30am-1:00pm, at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway at Leonard Street, Manhattan. Admission is $35/person, $25/person for Friends of HDC and seniors. Fee includes continental breakfast. Entrance fee will be waived for students with valid ID. For reservations, please call (212) 614-9107 or visit our website.


March 3: Walking Tours

The final day of HDC’s Preservation Conference features walking tours of neighborhoods throughout New York City:


•   Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District and Environs, Brooklyn with Francis Morrone

•   Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens with John Kriskiewicz

•   Further Along the Grand Concourse, The Bronx with William Casari

•   Grand Central Terminal and Midtown East, Manhattan with Anthony Robins

•   NYU and Greenwich Village, Manhattan with Kyle Johnson


Sunday, March 3. Only $15 per tour! Space is limited, so reserve early. Meeting times and locations will be provided upon registration. To register via PayPal, please visit our website or call (212) 614-9107.


The 19th Annual Preservation Conference and related programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by City Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Vincent Gentile, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez. The conference is also co-sponsored by HDC’s Neighborhood Partners.


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