Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Designation Hearing for the proposed Harrison Street and Bedford Historic Districts

Two long-sought-after historic districts finally got public hearings at the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday.   The two districts, both of which community members have been advocating for years for consideration, were originally scheduled for an October hearing at LPC, but that meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.   Since 1976, the Mud Lane Society for […]

The Slow Road to Recovery

HDC’s thoughts and best wishes are with all our fellow New Yorkers who have suffered from this storm and are still without water, power, food or shelter even now. As power has been largely restored in Manhattan, we recommend calling local institutions or checking their website to see if there is an organized need for […]

Art Deco/ WPA design in Isham and Inwood Hill Parks

A slide lecture ending in a walking tour with Pat Courtney.  Take a look at the Art Deco/WPA era design and structures in both parks.  Learn of the designers discovered during the process of the study for potential historic districts in Inwood which was selected in 2011 as one of the inaugural “Six to Celebrate” […]

Old is Green! An Informational Seminar

“Green and Sustainable Architecture for Historic and Landmarked Buildings” -Wednesday, June 20, 2012- 8:30am-1:00pm It is a common misconception in the building arts that preservation and sustainability are at odds; to the extent that articles such as “Historic Preservation and Green Architecture: Friend or Foes?” have become almost regular features in many preservation periodicals. Here […]

Isham Park Centennial Events

Calendar of Isham Park Centennial lectures/walking tours for June 2012 Art Stroll: Saturday June 2nd: 10:00am, meet at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum at the corner of Broadway at 204th Street Preservation and losses: Historic Inwood residences along Broadway Susan de Vries, Director of DFM will discuss its preservation history; then Pat Courtney, from Volunteers for Isham […]

Fleetweek/Memorial Day/Cemetery Event

Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries Presents: Annual Neighborhood Remembrance Day Celebration Friday, May 25, 2012 – Noon Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, established 1834 Forest Avenue @ Willowbrook Road Honoring the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 A traditional changing of the flag ceremony with United States Navy/Marine Corp, S.I. Fleetweek, Markham Intermediate School #51 band […]

Harlem’s Historic Mount Morris Park House Tour

Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association Presents Its 23rd Tour Highlighting One of the City’s Most Storied and Treasured Neighborhoods June 10, 2012, 11 AM – 4 PM History buffs, architecture enthusiasts and lovers of Harlem and its historical landscape will be treated to the 23rd annual Mount Morris Park House Tour, on June 10, […]

Density Without High-Rises? Thoughts About Positive Urban Growth

Density Without High-Rises? Edward T. McMahon / May 11 2012 From   When it comes to land development, Americans famously dislike two things: too much sprawl and too much density. Over the past 50 years, the pendulum swung sharply in the direction of spread-out, single use, drive everywhere for everything, low density development. Now […]

Manhattan Community Board 10 Preservation Plan

In response to the growing concerns of the Community regarding preserving Harlem’s rich heritage, Community Board 10’s Land Use and Landmarks Committee has developed a comprehensive planning document that explores various methods in preserving historic buildings and the built context of the District. This planning document outlines the purpose, the context, and the benefits of […]