The Lower East Side HD – a resident speaks out

From the LoHo 10002 blog Landmarking, Repairs and the Tenement Museum by Rob Hollander There’s been a lot of hand-wringing about this Historic District for Orchard and Ludlow, from east Allen to west Essex. The hand-wringing is not about the project itself, but about its initiator, the Tenement Museum. Several years ago, in an effort […]

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 […]

Wallabout Rezoning Stymies Tower Development

Wallabout is high over low-rise rezone victory BY RACHEL MONAHANDAILY NEWS WRITERFriday, July 27th 2007, 4:00 AM The City Council has dealt a blow to high-rise towers threatening brownstone blocks in north Brooklyn. Wallabout residents, in particular, were jubilant that the Council approved new zoning that will preserve low-rise blocks there and in Fort Greene […]

The New York Times is first on the Scene for Reporting illegal DUMBO demolition

July 27, 2007, 10:16 amA Wall Is Torn Down in Dumbo, Prompting City to Halt WorkBy David W. DunlapNever mind the Bugaboo baby strollers and Danish modern furniture. Dumbo can still have the edge of a tough industrial precinct on the Brooklyn waterfront. And that means not everything is done by the book.So City Room […]

Spanish Camp To Be Subject of Exhibit

Calling all former residents of Spanish Camp The Staten Island Museum is planning an exhibit in October and hopes to display memorabilia from the community Sunday, July 22, 2007By MIKE AZZARA STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Overlooking the Raritan Bay and Atlantic Ocean, Spanish Camp occupied 17 prime beachfront acres on Annadale Beach […]

One of the oldest houses on Staten Island

From the Staten Island Advance HISTORY LIVES ON ‘THE KING’S ROAD’ The Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House is one of the oldest residences still standing in our borough Thursday, July 26, 2007JAMES G. FERRERI STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — It’s an unassuming house; a structure of white stone masonry with a steeply pitched roof, set well back from the […]

Douglaston Hill House Returned to District

From the Queens Times-Ledger 07/26/2007240th St. home historic: Cityby Joseph Gargiulo and Elizabeth Stein The City Council’s Subcommittee for Landmarks, Public Citing and Maritime Usage decided Monday that a home belonged in the Douglaston Hill Historic District after the owners attempted to have their house exempted from the designation.The 5-2 decision came after a re-evaluation […]

Resident Rally Around St. Saviour's

From the Queens Tribune St. Saviour Update: Residents Decry Site’s DestructionBy MICHAEL CUSENZA Sometimes, all it takes is the innocent actions of a child to understand what really is at stake in local preservation wars. During Saturday’s emergency press conference/rally at St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth, held in response to last week’s tree-cutting, a little […]

Forest Hills Rowhouses Landmark Request Falls Short

From the Queens Chronicle Commission Rejects Request To Landmark Forest Hills Siteby Alan Krawitz , Chronicle Contributor The fate of two century-old rowhouses in Forest Hills remains uncertain this week in the wake of the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to reject them for landmark status. Preservationists fear that the specter of losing the cherished homes […]

A DUMBO HD? – surprise! some landlords are against it

The ‘Burden’ of Making DUMBO a Historic DistrictBY ERIN DURKIN – Special to the SunJuly 26, 2007URL: After a several uninterrupted years of stratospheric growth, the city could move toward restricting future development in the Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO. The Landmarks Preservation Commission this week voted 8-0 to formally consider creating a historic district […]