What the City Council Proposals Really Mean

The City Council held a public hearing on Wednesday, May 2 at 10am at 250 Broadway to contemplate 11 bills which, if passed, will greatly change the workings of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in some very damaging ways. The first batch of bills are ones which were previously proposed and have been sitting in committee […]

City Council Proposes Vast Changes to the Landmarks Process in Important Meeting on Wednesday, May 2

The City Council’s Committee on Housing & Buildings and Committee on Land Use will be holding at joint hearing next week on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM at 250 Broadway, 14th Floor regarding a number of bills regarding the Landmarks Preservation Commission and landmarked buildings.  The current agenda with links to the bills […]

Help save an 1817 rowhouse on the Bowery

HDC needs your help.  On Thursday, the City Council is going to vote on the landmark designation of an 1817 Federal-style rowhouse in Lower Manhattan and we have reason to fear that they will overturn its landmark status so that a commercial tower can be developed on its site. We need you to contact the […]

Tell The New York Times What You Think About Preservation

Preservation is under fire….from The New York Times! In two recent NYT articles, NYT architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff and New Republic architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen separately accuse the preservation community of working hand in hand with governments and developers to gentrify, emasculate, sanitize and pretty much ruin the world for everyone else. HDC believes […]

Help Save the Essex Street Market!

The essex Street Market is in danger of being moved from its historic site due to the recently passed guidlines for SPURA redevelopment. Sign the petition and help save this historic Lower East Side staple.

Preservation by Prevention: Care and Maintenance of Your Historic Building

From the Trust for Architectural Easements: ——- Preservation by Prevention Water is the Enemy of Historic Buildings Welcome to Preservation by Prevention, the newest e-newsletter of the Trust for Architectural Easements. If you would like to send comments or suggestions regarding this issue, future installments, or you would like to unsubscribe from this mailing, please […]

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Swan Song for Tin Pan Alley?

From Irving Berlin to Scott Joplin, Fats Waller to Cole Porter, the composers and lyricists of Tin Pan Alley wrote the songs that defined American popular culture from the late-1880s to the mid-1950s. Beginning as early as 1885, music publishers flocked to this singular block, on West 28th Street between Broadway & Sixth Avenues in […]

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Alterations Pulled on Lexington Avenue Residence to Circumvent Designation

Yesterday, scaffolding was erected to allow for disfiguring alterations to 859 Lexington Avenue and 861-863 Lexington Avenue, also known as the Kean Residence or Crocodile Hall. In an increasingly common tactic, permits have been filed for disfiguring work to historic buildings presumably to avoid landmark designation. Current permits from the DOB are to demolish the […]

Rally for Community Input for DoB Reform, Thursday, June 12

Dear Fellow New Yorker, Bloomberg acted fast after the most recent crane disaster: He held a closed-door meeting with construction industry insiders. He came out with a proposal that is a watered-down version of Jim Brennan’s proposals from 2007 and 2008. Yet nobody is standing up for the community groups who have been following DOB […]

Help Shape Thoughts About Preservation’s Future

Preservation Vision: NYC has been launched. This project is a year-long initiative to engage those interested in preservation in a conversation about their aspirations for preservation in New York City in the year 2030 and the actions needed to make those hopes a reality. As part of the first phase of the project, a unique, […]

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