Preservation & Economic Development on Staten Island: Don't Miss the Boat

PRESERVATION and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTStaten Island, Don’t Miss the Boat!Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League of New York State, will speak at 7:30PM on Friday, September 7, 2007, at Christ Church, 76 Franklin Avenue, Staten Island. This discussion will present how other parts of New York State have effectively used preservation as a tool for […]

Modest house a reminder of Staten Island history

From the Staten Island Advance Modest house a reminder of Castleton Corners’ historyThursday, August 30, 2007 To borrow from author Gore Vidal, when it comes to this country’s attitude toward its historical built environment, we are fast becoming “the United States of Amnesia.” Nationwide, there is antipathy toward the protection of sacred sites, landmark properties, […]

Summer Fun at the Landmarks Preservation Commission

Here’s a look at what the LPC has been up to in July and August… July 10thPublic Hearing07-4488175 9th Avenue – Chelsea Historic DistrictAs you have probably heard, the General Theological Seminary applied to demolish an existing 1960 building and construct two new buildings on its campus. HDC approved of the demolition of the present […]

Jane Jacobs' Vision Lives on in West Village Houses

From the New York Sun West Village Houses a Monument to a 1960s Development BattleBy JULIA VITULLO-MARTINSpecial to the SunAugust 30, 2007 Few strategic victories have been memorialized in such an unprepossessing, undecorated fashion as Jane Jacobs’s vanquishing of Robert Moses’s effort to alter the makeup of Greenwich Village in the 1960s. The West Village […]

Park Views = High Prices

It’s always been the case that proximity to parks is desireable for a multitude ot reasons. But this article draws some lines which are uncomfortable to say the least – how far is it from “located by Central Park” to “exclusive access to Central Park”?From the New York Sun City’s Parks Attract Exciting Residential DevelopmentBY […]

If you can't say anything nice, you must be an English journalist

From the TimesOnlineWake up, ManhattanNew York’s skyline is one of the most distinctive in the world. But the city should stop trading on past gloriesTom Dyckhoff When did New York get so old? Le Corbusier once called the city “a geyser whose fountains leap and gush in continual renewal”, youthfully vigorous, of the Zeitgeist, while […]

Symposium: New Audiences for Old Houses: September 28, 2007

NEW AUDIENCES FOR OLD HOUSES: BUILDING A FUTURE WITH THE PASTSeptember 28, 20078:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 The Nichols House Museum, in partnership with the Art History Department and Preservation Studies Program of Boston University and The Boston Athenaeum, invite you to attend a symposium […]

Austin Nichols Rising?

photo from the Gowanus Lounge. The Gowanus Lounge: Work Underway at 184 Kent This might be one of those pulling “victory from the jaws of defeat” stories. The new owners are interested in getting historic restoration tax credits and are working with the State Historic Preservation Office on this project. The devil is in the […]

Save the Elmhurst Public Library!

Losing Our WayOp-Ed by Dr. Jeffrey A. Kroessler For more than a decade the Queens Borough Public Library has boasted the highest circulation of any library system in the country, and in all likelihood the world. This is quite an achievement considering that the institution serves the most diverse population on the planet. Since its […]

Condo Construction Complaints

From Aaron Brashear, Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts. , [email protected] If you did not see this piece over the weekend in the Real Estate section of the NY Times, you should definitely check it out (links above). Seems what many of us have been shouting (at the top of our lungs, it seems) […]