Calendar of Events

Events in June 2023

  • East Harlem’s Community Murals, Mosaics, and Other Public Art

    East Harlem’s Community Murals, Mosaics, and Other Public Art

    Jun 3, 2023

    June 3, 2023, 11 AM
    90-120 minutes

    Continuing a long tradition in Latin American art, East Harlem’s buildings have served as a canvas for murals and, more recently, for mosaics. These art works have played an important role in defining the neighborhood as Latin American, advancing social movements, and rebelling against the current political system. But as the neighborhood comes to the attention of the larger world, its challenge will be to benefit from this attention while retaining its unique cultural character.

    The tour will be led by Marina Ortiz, whose versatile body of work includes journalism, photography, and other forms of cultural and political expression that reflect her background as a Puerto Rican activist in New York City. She is the director at East Harlem Preservation (EHP), a grassroots organization that fights against social injustices and gentrification while preserving and promoting local history and culture. EHP has worked with community artists to create and restore several outdoor murals honoring political and cultural icons.

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  • Preservation School: Cultural Resource Surveys

    Preservation School: Cultural Resource Surveys

    Jun 5, 2023

    Monday, June 5, 2023

    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Via Zoom

    Cultural resource surveys are fundamental to documenting, analyzing and ultimately defining the qualities and significance of a place, be it a park, neighborhood, or whole town. Sometimes they represent the first step in creating a preservation plan or historic district. At other times they are a means to reassess an existing district’s boundaries, themes, or period of significance. This is particularly important as the field moves to address longstanding inequities around what merits preservation. In this class, Marissa will discuss how to carry out a meaningful cultural resource survey from structuring one to engaging the local community, collecting and interpreting data, and crafting a set of findings that builds towards preservation action.

    Marissa Marvelli is an independent historic preservation consultant who has completed a wide range of surveys, National Register nominations, and historic tax credit projects. Her 2021-2022 reconnaissance-level resource survey of El Barrio/East Harlem South has garnered two state-wide preservation awards.


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  • Exploring the Significance of the African Burial Ground National Monument

    Exploring the Significance of the African Burial Ground National Monument

    Jun 10, 2023

    June 10, 2023, 10 AM
    90 minutes

    The African Burial Ground National Monument is the nation’s earliest and largest known African American cemetery, and the first National Monument dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. Led by a National Park Service Park Ranger, this multi-modal tour will include an introductory film, a guided Memorial tour, a discussion of the history of slavery in Dutch and British colonial New York, and a discussion of the history of the African Burial Ground and its re-discovery in 1991.

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  • 2023 Grassroots Preservation Awards and Preservation Party

    2023 Grassroots Preservation Awards and Preservation Party

    Jun 13, 2023

    Tuesday, June 13, 2023
    Saint Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery – 131 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003
    6:00 to 8:00 pm

    Each year, the Historic Districts Council celebrates New York’s brightest community preservationists with our Annual Grassroots Preservation Awards. This year, the event will take place on Tuesday, June 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. We hope that you will join us!

    Since 2000, HDC has honored more than 150 individuals, community groups, coalitions, elected officials, and press outlets for their achievements. Grassroots Award recipients work on the ground, in public service, in communities and online to bring attention and resources to saving the heart and soul of New York City.

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  • Take a Walk Through the Bronx’s Little Italy

    Take a Walk Through the Bronx’s Little Italy

    Jun 17, 2023

    June 17, 2023, 11 AM
    70 minutes

    Bronx’s Little Italy neighborhood is one of the most interesting places in New York City. The area was first settled by Italian immigrants in the early 20th century and has been a hub for Italian culture ever since. Today, it’s home to several businesses that have been operating for generations—and some newer businesses that are also worth visiting. This tour will lead attendees along Arthur Avenue, home to Doo-Wop music, authentic Italian restaurants, delis and shops, and one of HDC’s past Six to Celebrate recipients.

    The tour will be led by Alexandra Maruri, a Bronx native and founder of Bronx Historical Tours, an organization that supports minority-owned business and cultural heritage by offering walking tours.

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  • Preservation School - NYC Parks Department

    Preservation School - NYC Parks Department

    Jun 21, 2023

    Wednesday, June 21, 2023

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Via Zoom

    NYC Parks is steward to many of New York City’s culturally significant sites, including city landmarks, historic houses, public monuments and art, and parks of historic or cultural importance. In this class, led by Historic Preservation Officer Sybil Young and Senior Project Manager for Landscape Architecture Imelda Bernstein, RLA, you will learn how NYC Parks cares for these sites, how they intersect with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and what role everyday New Yorkers can play in helping to maintain and preserve these precious sites. 


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  • Discover the Public Art of Rockefeller Center

    Discover the Public Art of Rockefeller Center

    Jun 25, 2023

    June 25, 2023, 11 AM
    120 minutes

    Discover the stunning works of art at Rockefeller Center, some of which you did not know were there! How do the artworks support John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s vision for the complex? Which cultural institution was meant to move to the site? How does Mussolini figure into the story? Who was the only woman who contributed exterior artwork to the project? Why is each artwork positioned where it is? Come with us as we survey 50+ sculptures; mosaic and canvas murals; high, low and intaglio reliefs that are scattered around the 12-acre site.

    This tour will be led by Phil Desiere, founder of the walking tour service Walk About New York. A licensed New York City tour guide and member of the Guides Association of New York, Phil regularly leads tours for the Municipal Art Society and the United Federation of Teachers. He has lived in the Big Apple 43 years, and has been a tour guide for nine years, after his 35-year career as an art director and graphic artist.

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