Landmark Grants to Bronx Neighborhood Help Restore Historic Buildings

This is a great program that doesn’t get nearly enough credit. There are pretty stringent income restrictions for private individuals but non-profits are also eligible. Landmarks Preservation Commission helps Mott Haven restore history BY DORIAN BLOCK Monday, August 4th 2008, 3:20 PM Three Bronx historic districts are getting a fresh coat of paint to bring […]

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Whitney Selling Neighboring Townhouses to Finance New Museum Building

From Crain’s: Whitney Museum selling nearby townhouses Theresa Agovino Published: August 1, 2008 – 2:39 pm The Whitney Museum of American Art is seeking to sell at least some of the townhouses next to its Madison Avenue location that were slated to be part of a now-defunct, controversial plan to expand on the Upper East […]

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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A Happy Ending to a Tall Tower Tale: New-York Historical Society Drops Plan for 23-Story Condos on Central Park West

From Landmark West!  Finally, after more than a year and a half of intense community pressure on the New-York Historical Society to come clean about development plans for its “Triple Crown” Landmark site, the words “we don’t have plans for a tower” actually ring true.    Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the Society has […]

New-York Historical Society Blinks, Drops Tower Plans

FromThe New York Times July 9, 2008 HISTORICAL SOCIETY DROPS PLANS FOR EXPANSION AND TOWER  By GLENN COLLINS After a year and a half of controversy and intense opposition by preservationists and neighborhood groups, the New-York Historical Society at 77th Street and Central Park West has abandoned its pursuit of a $100 million, 23-story luxury […]

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 […]

Best of 2007: Historic Duffield Street Residence Spared from Eminent Domain Efforts

Sometimes you can catch lighting in a bottle. In 2004, when Joy Chatel learned that her mid-19th century rowhouse at 227 Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn was to be seized for demolition by the City as part of the Downtown Brooklyn rezoning plan, she began a tireless campaign to preserve the building against enormous odds. […]

Speaking Truth to Power: Duffield Street Home Spared from Eminent Domain

Last week, it was announced that 227 Duffield Street, which was slated to be demolished as part of the Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan, will be spared. Read all about it. Duffield Street Saved!Brooklyn Downtown STAR City woman leads charge against eminent domainamNewYork Real Estate Round-Up Sympathetic Judge Helps Save Alleged …Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Truesdell Duffield Street House Saved from Eminent Domain

Press Conference!Monday December 3, 2007, 12 PM227 Duffield Street (between Fulton & Willoughby Streets in Brooklyn) Contacts: Joy Chatel, (347) 731-5481Ilana Berger, Families United for Racial and Economic and Equality, (347) 645-4255Jennifer Levy, South Brooklyn Legal Services, (917) 543-7201Raul Rothblatt, Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance, (646) 498-6093 Invited Speakers: Councilmembers Charles Barron, Letitia James, Tony […]

Survivor’s Stairs to Remain Intact

From the New York Times: August 6, 2007Stairs to Remain Intact in Ground Zero Plan By DAVID W. DUNLAP The Spitzer administration says it has taken steps to finally solve the quandary of the “survivors’ stairway” at ground zero. By that, it means every step — all 38 of them. Together. Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s chief […]

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