Take the #PreservationPays Challenge!

Explore New York and you could win HDC’s new social media competition – and a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

The Historic Districts Council, Sotheby’s International Realty, and Gothamist announce the #PreservationPays Challenge, a competition to showcase our new infographic featuring the benefits of historic preservation in New York City!

Five lucky winners will be treated to a private tour of the Woolworth Tower Residences in Lower Manhattan led by Historic Districts Council Adviser and official Woolworth Building Historian Lisa Renz. This tour, which is supported by Sotheby’s International Realty, is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour this iconic landmark.

Learn more about “How Historic Preservation Benefits New York City

The #PreservationPays challenge is free and open to all. To be entered in the drawing:

  1. Snap a photo of yourself in front of all six buildings named in the infographic, as well as the Woolworth Building in Lower Manhattan. The six buildings can be found in the infographic slides below.
  2. Post each photo on either Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #PreservationPays and tag the Historic Districts Council (@hdcnyc on Instagram and @hdc_nyc on Twitter) before 11:59 PM on Tuesday, September 6th

Good Luck!

About the Buildings:

  • Washington Square Arch (Page 3 of the Infographic)

Washington Square Park, Manhattan  |  A C E B D F M to W 4th St – Washington Sq

Designed by noted architect Stanford White and modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, this 77-foot-tall triumphal arch was built in 1892 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration as the first President of the United States.



  • Carnegie Hall (Page 5 of the Infographic)

881 7th Avenue, Manhattan  |  N Q R to 57th St – 7th Ave

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice – and look for its rich façade of Roman brick, brownstone and terra cotta! This world-famous concert hall is celebrated for its impeccable acoustics – some of the best in the city.


  • Chavela’s (Page 7 of the Infographic)

736 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn  |  2 3 4 5 to Franklin Ave

This lively neighborhood restaurant draws a broad array of patrons with its captivating brick façades and whimsical storefront.


  • Battery Maritime Building (Page 9 of the Infographic)

10 South Street, Manhattan  |  1 to South Ferry or R to Whitehall St

The launching point for ferries to Governor’s Island, this Beaux-Arts beauty also serves as an architectural touchstone in lower Manhattan. Featuring cast-iron elements and Guastavino tilework, this New York City Landmark was restored in 2005 using historic preservation tax credits.


  • Jackson Heights Historic District (Page 11 of the Infographic)

33-52 81st St, Queens  |  7 to 82nd St – Jackson Heights

Home to one of the most magnificent groupings of apartment buildings in the city, this Queens enclave also boasts great restaurants, tree-lined streets, and a charming commercial spine. It was designated a New York City Historic District in 1993.


  • Alhambra Apartments (Page 13 of the Infographic)

500 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn  |  A C to Nostrand Ave

This castle-like, highly-ornamented New York City Landmark was designed in a combination of the Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne styles and completed in 1890.  It was restored in 1998 after a disastrous fire in 1994, and now contains 46 units of affordable housing and is a prime example of how historic preservation and affordable housing can work together to superior and inspiring effect.


  • The Woolworth Tower Residences (Not Pictured in the Infographic)

2 Park Place, Manhattan  |  2 3 to Park Place or R to City Hall

More than a century after the start of its construction, Cass Gilbert’s neo-Gothic masterpiece remains, at 792 feet, one of New York City’s most iconic skyscrapers.



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