Historic District Council
2015 Annual Preservation Conference Series
Landmarks at 50: Honoring Our Past, Imagining Our Future
The 2015 Preservation Conference Series celebrates the milestone 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law and imagines what preservation might look like in the future. Since 1965, preservation activities have had a tremendous positive effect on New York City showing that preservation is neither weepy nostalgia nor dusty museums. Preservation is active work, which engages diverse communities across the city and both reflects and informs New York’s cultural, political, and economic milieu. Innumerable successes have been won in the last 50 years, but there is still great work to be done.
This year’s Conference will consist of a keynote with an opening reception and three panels presented during the month of March. The opening evening will also include the Citywide Preservation Fair, where local advocates working on specific preservation campaigns will have the opportunity to present their efforts in a publically engaging way. The Conference Panels, each presented in a different borough, will feature preservationists, historians, advocates, and innovators discussing past efforts, current issues, and future concerns. By presenting the panels in different venues throughout the month, the 2015 Conference Series will connect with a wider and more diverse audience in this landmark anniversary year.
Keynote and Opening Reception
March 6, 2015 6:30 pm
The Diana Center at Barnard College
3009 Broadway at 118th Street
Today’s Youth and the Future of Landmarks
Jake Dobkin is a lifelong New Yorker and the publisher of Gothamist, a city-centric blog that focuses on news, events, food, culture, and other local coverage. He writes the popular “Ask a Native New Yorker” feature, where he offers useful advice on neighborhoods, transit, culture, and the ever-important work of interacting with your fellow New Yorkers on a daily basis. He lives in Park Slope with his wife, two kids, and parents.
Plus the Preservation Fair!
March 11, 6:30PM
Eldridge Street Synagogue
12 Eldridge Street
Lower East Side
March 18, 6:30 PM
18 Whitwell Place
Cocktails at the Post Office: Adaptive Reuse of Public Institutions
March 25, 6:30 PM
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City
- Brooklyn Army Terminal: A Public Institution Transformed-Saturday, March 7, 2015, 12PM
- East Harlem Histories- Saturday, March 14, 215, 1PM
- Village Institutions-Saturday, March 21, 2015 11AM
- Classical Culture at Carnegie Hall-Saturday, March 28, 2015 11AM
- DUMBO and Fulton Ferry-Saturday, April 11, 2015, 11AM
- Preserving West Chelsea-Saturday April 18, 2015 11AM
For more information and to register for the tours click here
The title “Landmarks at 50: Honoring Our Past, Imagining Our Future” was created by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Chair of the NYC Landmarks 50 Alliance, and is used with permission. Support is provided in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by City Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Inez Dickens, Matthieu Eugene, Daniel Garodnick, Vincent Gentile, Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, Stephen Levin, Mark Levine, and Rosie Mendez