Designated January 14, 1997
The Vinegar Hill Historic District is characterized by rows of early and mid-nineteenth century houses, a mid-nineteenth century firehouse and an early twentieth century industrial building. Many of the houses were built between 1801 and the 1830s.
In the late 19th century Vinegar Hill was a dense residential and industrial neighborhood with a large Irish population and became known as “Irishtown”. The neighborhood has gone through many changes the area expanded in 1903 after the building of the Manhattan Bridge, houses were razed in the 1920s and 1930s for industrial facilities, parking lots and warehouses, a pattern which continued after World War II. What remains today is an interesting mix of buildings that directly represents the neighborhoods genesis.
STATUS Designated Historic District
“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”
Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”
Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”
Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society