Coffee Talk- Spring/Summer 2013



April 1st 

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Neighborhood Preservation Center 232 East 11th Street New York, NY 10003

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission recently launched its Permit Application Guide to help property owners file effective and thorough permit applications on landmark properties.  The guide lists materials to be submitted, describes the criteria a project must meet to qualify for a permit, and explains the preservation principles for those criteria.  The illustrated guide also includes application filing instructions, sample applications and checklists for nine of the most common categories of work that require an LPC permit.

The LPC’s Director of Grants and Outreach, Tenzing Chadotsang, will present the new guide and answer your questions, so please be sure to review the Permit Application Guide prior to the session.   The entire guide or its individual chapters can be downloaded on the LPC website:

These events are FREE, but reservations are required.  For more information on this series or to RSVP, please contact Barbara Zay at or 212-614-9107.


May 6

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Each year, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission receives and evaluates approximately 200 Requests for Evaluation for new landmarks, historic districts and historic district extensions.  The LPC’s RFE form, available on their website, requests that applicants provide as much information about the property as possible, including photographs.  A strong RFE package can make a great impact in the achievement of preservation priorities.

The LPC’s Director of Research, Mary Beth Betts, will present pointers on filing effective and thorough RFEs, as well as answer your questions on the designation process and research resources in New York City.

These events are FREE, but reservations are required.  For more information on this series or to RSVPplease contact Barbara Zay at or 212-614-9107.


June 3

8:30 – 10:00 AM

The Department of City Planning’s mission is to promote strategic growth, transit-oriented development and sustainable communities, in part by initiating comprehensive, consensus-based planning and zoning changes for individual neighborhoods and business districts, as well as establishing policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide.  It supports the City Planning Commission and each year reviews more than 500 land use applications for actions such as zoning changes and disposition of City property.

Carolyn Grossman, Director of Governmental Affairs, will speak about the many facets of the Department’s work, including a discussion of what zoning is, how the process works, and how the Department uses it to achieve changes in the city’s built character.  This discussion will include a variety of case studies involving zoning and other initiatives in recent years.  Ms. Grossman will address attendees’ questions on a range of topics, so come prepared to engage in a discussion centered on your inquiries and concerns.


These events are FREE, but reservations are required.  For more information on this series or to RSVPplease contact Barbara Zay at or 212-614-9107.

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The Historic Districts Council (HDC) is the advocate for all of New York City's historic neighborhoods. HDC is the only organization in New York that works directly with people who care about our city's historic neighborhoods and buildings. We represent a constituency of over 500 local community organizations.

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