2018 Conference Tours

March 18- April 29: Post-Modern Midtown, Ridgewood Reservoir, Kew Gardens, Loew’s 175th Street Theater Sunday, March 18, 10:30AM        Post-Modern Midtown: Recent Past / Current Preservation Issues The office construction boom of the 1980s left the skyline of Midtown transformed. In contrast to the previous Post-War boom of the 1950s and 60s, when symbol-free, functionalist, International Style […]

Private Club and Consulate Tour in Murray Hill

Private Club and Consulate Tour in Murray Hill http://hdc.org/secretlives_MH.htm April 13, 2011, 5:00pm Friends- $75; Non-friends $100 New Secret Lives of Public Places tour. Join us on April 13th on a tour of the Amateur Comedy Club and Sniffen Court and the De Lamar Mansion. The Amateur Comedy Club is America’s oldest continuing performing theatrical […]

Broadway to Murray Hill

Sunday, March 20, 2011, 4 PM The Preservation & Design Committee of the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association is pleased to present Father John Sheehan in a concert of Broadway and Opera favorites. Father Sheehan is a Jesuit Priest who practices in Manhattan and performs regularly at The Lambs and Players Clubs, Amore Opera Troupe, Blue […]

Sometimes all it takes is for the economy to nose-dive…

Despite very real fears about its imminent demise, it now looks like the Hotel Pennsylvania will be saved!  As the New York Observer’s Chris Shott reports “Vornado CEO Steven Roth announced during a conference call with investors that he might just hang onto the old hotel after all. “First off, it is doing damn well […]

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HDC Calls for Preservation of 3 Midtown Manhattan Rowhouses

January 7, 2008 Hon. Robert Tierney, ChairLandmarks Preservation CommissionThe Municipal Building, 9th FloorOne Centre StreetNew York, NY 10007 Re: 41 West 54th Street, 46 West 55th Street and 36 West 56th Street Dear Commissioner Tierney, The Historic Districts Council strongly supports the consideration of the three buildings at 41 West 54th Street, 46 West 55th […]

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Learn about the architecture of the Garment Center

Building Capitol: The Vernacular Architecture of the Garment DistrictOctober 9th, 6:30 p.m. – Recital Hall CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th StreetFREE. Seating is limited. Admittance will be on a first come, first served basis, no reservations. For more information:visit www.gothamcenter.org or call 212.817.8474. The Garment District is one of the most famous […]

Online Petition to Save the Playpen

The Committee To Save The Playpen Theater is looking for signatures for its online petition to save NYC’s oldest vaudeville Theater, the Playpen on 8th Avenue between 43rd & 44th Streets, which was known as the Ideal Theatre in 1916. The clock is ticking on this Beaux Art gem. Demolition permits are pending , and […]

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Yes, there really is a committee to save the Playpen

Committee To Save The PlaypenTheaterFor Immediate Release Contact: Michael Perlman,NYC Preservationist & theater enthusiast(917) 446-7775unlockthevault@hotmail.com Orlando LopesTheater Historical Society of America, NYC Dir.(631) 225-7071 Oldest Extant Vaudeville Theater Slated For Demolition:Preservationists’ Plea & Proposal NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 11, 2007) – Citywide preservationists and theater historians are calling on developer Daniel Tishman of Tishman Realty […]

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One more nail in the coffin of Times Square’s sorted history

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/07/a-seedy-eighth-avenue-landmark-gone-dark/ September 7, 2007, 10:11 amA Seedy Eighth Avenue Landmark, Gone DarkBy David W. Dunlap Slide Show on the Playpen The homogenization of the Times Square area (yes, The Times has contributed to the phenomenon with its new headquarters opposite the Port Authority Bus Terminal) has claimed another quirky victim: the Playpen, a former cinema […]

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Will Moynihan Station End Up Being a Preservation Project After All?

From the New York Sun Preservation Tax Credits Crucial to Moynihan BidBY ELIOT BROWN – Special to the SunAugust 2, 2007URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/59682 Plans to expand Pennsylvania Station and move Madison Square Garden could hit a financial obstacle relating to a tax credit for historic preservation. New York’s State Historic Preservation Office has raised concerns about […]

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