Proposed Bill to Change Replacement Materials in Landmark Buildings

Intro 845A, the Replacement Materials Bill (text below), would significantly change the way the Commission regulates designated properties and would undermine the basic benefit of LPC oversight in helping to gradually return areas to a more historically-appropriate condition.  One of the things that historic designation achieves is the improvement of the condition of the building […]

September 6, 2011

Item 1 CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS BOROUGH OF QUEENS 111328- Block 8023, lot 16- 330 Knollwood Avenue – Douglaston Historic District A Colonial Revival style house built in 1941. Application is to construct a rear addition.               HDC finds the proposed addition to be far too large for this Douglaston […]

Rescuing the Eldridge Street Synagogue

Preservationist and author Roberta Brandes Gratz moderates a roundtable discussion on the restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark Sunday, January 27 at 3 PM Preservationist and author Roberta Brandes Gratz and other architectural principals of the Eldridge Street Synagogue restoration will provide an insider’s guide to the monumental 20-year, $20 […]

Learn how to Care for Landmark Properties and Gardnes

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Presents: Getting it Right: From Historic Properties to Urban LandscapesSponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Janet Younkman and Jason Auerbach, Private Mortgage Bankers An enlightening series on Wednesday evenings sharing successful strategies for renovation, restoration, and gardening in New York’s historic neighborhoods, featuring prominent keynote speakers, and panels […]

Bowne House Restoration Moving Ahead

From the Queens Tribune By JULIET WERNER Plans for the restoration of Bowne House and the construction of an adjoining visitor center were announced last Friday morning. Restoration began in 2000 but was put on hold when funding ran out. In the years since, the Bowne House Historical Society has raised $2.1 million, $700,000 from […]

Updates from Greenwich Village

from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Trump ‘Condo-Hotel’: Papers have been filed with the New York City Department of Buildings challenging the legality of the permits granted by the City for construction of the 45-story Trump ‘Condo-Hotel’ at Spring and Varick Streets. GVSHP is working closely with the SoHo Alliance and other […]

Online Resources about Dutch Houses of Brooklyn

People who have been keeping track of this sort of things know that there are approximately 14 Dutch (or English-Dutch) farmhouses still existing in Brooklyn (depending on how you count), and not all of them landmarked. John Antonides talks about his experience in restoring one of them (the Hubbard House in Gravesend) at There’s […]

Funding for Older Buildings (not only landmarks)

From Karen Ansis, Fund Manager, New York Landmarks Conservancy As you may know, the New York Landmarks Conservancy is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and reusing architecturally and historically important buildings in New York City. Its goals are accomplished in large part by providing financial and project management assistance to all owners […]

House Almost Demolished By Neglect – Restored!

This old house: Restored!By Christie RizkThe Brooklyn Paper The Brooklyn Paper / Julie RosenbergThe once-decrepit house at 135 Joralemon St., a neighborhood eyesore even before a 2004 fire (top), has been lovingly restored and is on the market (bottom). This Brooklyn Heights house — long abandoned and then horribly damaged in a 2004 fire — […]

NYC home to nation’s only high school arts preservation program

From Newsday NYC home to nation’s only high school arts preservation programBy EMILY ZEUGNERAssociated Press Writer April 8, 2007, 12:21 PM EDT NEW YORK — When Cleaster Graves noticed some crumbling mortar around the foundation of her family’s aging Brooklyn brownstone, she turned to an unusual expert for help: her 17-year-old daughter, Corrie Thomas. “She […]

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