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Preservation in the News

Despite cries of foul, Seaport building appears headed for the wrecking ball Downtown Express Because of the Tin’s precarious state, Hughes had proposed carefully dismantling it and restoring it close to its original state, so the latest news presumably should not change those plans, although not everyone is sure. “It seems clear to me that [...]

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Defending Historic Preservation in New York City

The demolition of The Bancroft Building Although community advocates have achieved some big successes in recent years gaining long-sought landmark designations and thwarting (or at least modifying) destructive proposals to historic buildings, historic preservation as both a strategy and as a philosophy is under attack as never before. Emboldened by years of record growth, the [...]

HDC @ LPC: Historic Districts Council Statement on the Proposed Frick Expansion

Historic Districts Council Statement on the Proposed Frick Expansion October 2014 In a city of superlatives, The Frick is unique. One of the last remaining Millionaire’s Row mansions of the Gilded Age, The Frick residence was designed from the beginning to become a museum. Henry Clay Frick stipulated in his will that his home become [...]

Preservation Pays! REBNY’S Campaign Against Landmark Protection Is Misguided

By opposing preservation, REBNY and its allies oppose the will of the people BY JEFFREY A. KROESSLER/New York Observer Imagine New York City without a landmarks law protecting historic neighborhoods and buildings. Actually, one does not have to imagine. There are examples aplenty across the five boroughs. From urban renewal sites to the apartment towers rising [...]

E-Bulletin of the Historic Districts Council: Tell Senator Schumer It’s Our City Too!

 E-BULLETIN OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL November 2013, Volume 10, Number 2 Preservation is a key factor in New York’s economy, quality of life, and identity. It provides thousands of local jobs, attracts millions of tourists, and maintains livable neighborhoods in all five boroughs.   So imagine our dismay to find Senator Chuck Schumer, who [...]

PRESERVATION NOW! 19th Annual Preservation Conference March 1-3, 2013

Preservation Now!  Today’s Victories, Losses and Ongoing Battles! For Details of the Event View the Brochure HERE. To Purchase Tickets, Please Scroll to the Bottom of the Page The 2013 Preservation Conference takes its inspiration from recent trends in preservation and the relationship between development and preservation in New York City. The keynote, panels and [...]

New Manhattan Landmarks!

DNAinfo A neo-Tudor Gothic style townhouse in Turtle Bay, a terra cotta-clad loft building in the West Village and a Federal style house on the Bowery are among Manhattan’s newest landmarks. The Lo-Down: The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (BAN) is sending around a news release in celebration of the Landmarks Preservation Commission voting to protect 135 [...]

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 [...]

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Preservationists Respond to Koolhaas/Ouroussoff

Reading Nicolai Ouroussoff ‘s recent  review of Rem Koolhaas’s exhibit in The New York Times (“ An Architect’s Fear That Preservation Distorts”, NYT, 5/23/11), this preservation architect is struck by the ability of one well-meaning but clueless critic to so totally distort the reality of preservation activity in New York City. Ouroussoff implies that the [...]

In the Beginning: The Creation of the Historic Districts Council

http://hdc.org/lectures-founders.htm HDC Founders Party: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 6-8pm: The Players Club;16 Gramercy ParkCocktail Reception, followed by Discussion The event will feature a conversation with some of the influential founders and early leaders of the Historic Districts Council, including Kent Barwick, Bronson Binger, Michael Gruen and Lorna Nowve. The discussion, moderated by HDC Chairman Emeritus [...]

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