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Help Preserve the Merchant’s House

A private developer is seeking approval to construct a 9-story hotel at 27 East 4th Street — adjacent to the 1832 landmarked museum. The development poses a profound threat to the structural integrity of the house. Fortunately, the site is within the recently expanded NoHo Historic District, so the Landmarks Preservation Commission has oversight of the project.

Please sign the petition asking the Landmarks Preservation Commission to reject the developer’s proposal and click here for more information and for updates.


~Old is Green! An Informational Seminar~

“Green and Sustainable Architecture for Historic and Landmarked Buildings”

Wednesday, June 20, 2012



It is a common misconception in the building arts that preservation and sustainability are at odds; to the extent that articles such as “Historic Preservation and Green Architecture: Friend or Foes?” have become almost regular features in many preservation periodicals. Here at HDC, we believe that direct experience is the best teaching tool, so please join us for an informational seminar on how the two topics overlap with one another and how the practices of green and sustainable design can be utilized while retaining the architectural integrity and details of historic buildings.


Time and the elements add a patina to historic buildings and retaining the character of historic buildings is crucial to identifying their stories but age and wear can also undermine structural integrity and obscure architectural details which results in the need for necessary repairs. Additionally, new standards for energy conservation have come into wider usage, resulting in re-examinations of buildings’ energy systems and insulation. Combining sustainable design with preservation practices encourages the most sustainable of practices: working with a building that has already been built while also protecting the environment and promoting the quality of life through design.

Hear from experts who will present case studies of preservation projects and discuss new methods and materials used in sustainable and green architecture to get the answers to frequently-asked questions on these subjects. Attendees will come away with a new understanding of how green and sustainable architectural practices historic and landmark buildings is methodically approached, identified and carried out.

Presenters include:

  • Christa E. Waring, LEED AP
    Associate, Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects, P.C.

*Energy Code for NYSERDA & AIA


  • Jean Parker Phifer, FAIA, LEED

Thomas Phifer and Partners

*Historic Buildings of New York and Sustainability Practices


  • Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA LEED AP BD+C

Principal, Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning PLLC

*National Policy, Preservation and Sustainability



Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Manhattan



$125 per person / $100 for friends of HDC (breakfast included)

4 Continuing Education Hours, 4 HSW Credit Hours

To purchase tickets, click here.



~Go to the Beach Without Leaving Manhattan!~


Monday, June 11, 6:30pm

Film Screening and Discussion: The Bungalows of Rockaway

Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at East 2nd Street, Manhattan

HDC is thrilled to present the popular 2010 documentary film, “The Bungalows of Rockaway,” produced by Jennifer Callahan and Elizabeth Logan Harris. The film highlights the rich history of the Rockaway bungalows. Although by 1933 there were more than 7,000 bungalows dotting the peninsula, fewer than 500 remain today.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Richard George, executive director of the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association; Nancy Solomon, director of Long Island Traditions and author of the upcoming National Register nomination; Jeanne DuPont of Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, David Selig of Rockaway Taco and the filmmakers. The program will be moderated by journalist Eve M. Kahn.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for Friends of HDC, seniors and students. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available to Far Rockaway residents. Email for more information.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit our website or call 212-614-9107.

~Intrigued by the film? See Rockaway for yourself!~

 Saturday, July 14, 10:30am

Far Rockaway Beachside Bungalows, Queens

WALKING TOUR led by Nancy Solomon, folklorist and executive director of Long Island Traditions


Six to Celebrate is generously supported by The New York Community Trust.

Additional support for the Six to Celebrate Tours is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from New York City Councilmembers Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Vincent Gentile, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez.



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