E-Bulletin:2012 in Review; It’s Been Faboo!!
Dear Friend of HDC,
Thank you for your interest in and support of the Historic Districts Council and our work as the only citywide grassroots preservation organization.
We hope you will now consider making a tax-deductible donation to support HDC’s work in 2013.
We’ve had a busy year, filled with a number of major successes. Thanks to your help, we:
- Launched our second round of Six to Celebrate, Bay Ridge and Victorian Flatbush in Brooklyn, Port Morris Gantries and Van Cortlandt Village in The Bronx, Far Rockaway Beach Bungalows in Queens, and Morningside Heights in Manhattan, holding sold-out biking and walking tours, attending community meetings, helping to raise funds for preservation projects, and compiling our soon-to-be published 2012 Six to Celebrate Walking Tour Brochures.
- Joined as the only citywide organization to be a plaintiff in the NYU-related case that charges the city of improperly turning over public land to facilitate the university’s plans for massive growth, forever altering the historic character of Greenwich Village.
Mounted a formidable campaign against the Real Estate Board of New York’s efforts to halt landmark designation and eviscerate the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s abilities to protect and regulate New York City’s historic architecture, including sending hundreds of postcards from real New Yorkers to elected officials, writing op-eds, and planning the 2013 HDC Preservation Conference to demonstrably address how preservation has improved the city.
- Advocated successfully for the new designations of the Park Slope Historic District Extension, East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, Riverside-West End Historic District Extension, Brinckerhoff Cemetery, Rainbow Room and many others. (all links open in pdf).
- Held more than two dozen educational programs, panels and tours including the 18th Annual Preservation Conference, “The Great Outside: Preserving Public and Private Open Spaces;” exclusive Secret Lives Tours of One Wall Street and Four Freedoms Park; screenings of documentaries on Coney Island and the Rockaway Bungalows; professional panels on green architecture and structural shoring; free Coffee Talks with decision makers, as well as partnering with Historic Landmarks Preservation Center on cultural medallions for Richard Wright, Odetta and Edward Durell Stone.
- Honored many deserving preservation advocates including Grassroots Preservation Award winners Coalition to Save Manufacturers Hanover Trust, The Green-Wood Cemetery, Parkway Village Historical Society, West End Preservation Society, Councilmember Al Vann, DNAinfo, Susan Henshaw Jones, as well as presenting our highest award, the Landmarks Lion, to Roberta Brandes Gratz.
Please consider making a gift to HDC at this time. You can click here to make an immediate on-line donation. Your gift is fully tax-deductible and will help us make 2013 even better for grassroots preservation in New York City.
Donate with a gift of $100 or more now and receive a complimentary copy of Tom Rinaldi’s new book, New York Neon, which chronicles and documents the city’s early- and mid-twentieth-century neon signs, and examines their role in the streets of New York.
Thank you for your support,
Everyone at the Historic Districts Council