2024 Landmarks Lion: Michael Hiller

The date and location will be announced soon. Michael Hiller is a zoning, land-use, and historic preservation attorney who has made an almost three-decade-long career of defending New York City’s landmarks. He sees his battles as crucial to the future of New York and its history. He has worked with clients across the city—community groups, advocacy organizations, and concerned stakeholders intent on preserving the places that matter to them.

Preservation School – Aurora Lampworks – August 13

Follow along on the restoration journey of an original handmade glass and steel chandelier, built over 100 years ago. From take down to color matching breakdowns, you’ll get a rare inside look into how new life was brought into the delicate and ornate glass panels that make this sensational chandelier really shine.

50 Years of Bronx River Restoration – June 22

Saturday, June 22, 2024 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This walking tour explores and celebrates the achievements and future of community-led, government-funded projects that are reshaping the urban environment of The Bronx. The walking tour begins at West Farms, highlighting the 50-year Bronx River Restoration effort. We will visit Drew Garden, discussing the transformation of […]

2024 Grassroots Preservation Awards & Preservation Party – 6.18

Join us on Tuesday, June 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery for our annual Grassroots Preservation Awards and Preservation Party. Since 2000, the Historic Districts Council has honored more than 150 individuals, community groups, coalitions, elected officials, and press outlets for their achievements. This year, HDC continues the tradition to recognize, honor, and encourage public participation in the preservation process.

Scenic Stewardship Series

Join HDC and the Victorian Society of New York for our Scenic Stewardship Series, a series of walking and biking tours of New York’s most beloved scenic landmarks. This series is part of a collaborative effort between HDC, VSNY, and a coalition of community partners, to bring attention to the preservation and stewardship of our […]

Preservation School – Neon Lightning Then and Now – 6.4

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Via Zoom In this Preservation School class led by Let There Be Neon’s (LTBN) Jeff Friedman, participants will get a first-hand account of working with neon lighting. He will talk about how LTBN got started and what led him to the profession of artistic lighting. Jeff will […]

The Changing Face of Atlantic Avenue – 5.7

Tuesday, May 7, 6 – 7 p.m., Via Zoom Currently zoned for low-density industrial use, proponents have presented a plan with a massive zoning change for the avenue and surrounding blocks. It will allow residential construction and other changes that will promote growth in an underserved part of Brooklyn. How will the Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Plan benefit the communities along the way?

Morrisania Musical Legacy – 6.1

This walking tour will explore the jazz, doo-wop, Latin music, and hip hop history of the neighborhood; as well as some of the social history that has changed the face of the neighborhood, from the fires that raged here in the 1970s and 1980s that led to visits by Presidents Reagan and Carter to the social activism that has built it back up.

Greenpoint Over Time – 4.27

On our walk with tour guide Geoff Cobb, we will visit sites that trace the development of the area’s waterfront including the site of the area’s first European settlement, the dozens of shipyards that once lined West Street, the site where the first ironclad battleship, the Monitor, was constructed and discuss the controversial plans for a museum honoring this historic ship, and will talk about the area’s thousands of longshoremen and explain organized crime’s deep connection to the Greenpoint waterfront.

Preservation School – Preserving the Art of Stone Carving – 4.24

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Via Zoom In this class, led by Pellettieri Stone Carvers founder Chris Pellettieri, participants will learn about the work Chris does as a professional stone carver as well as his work with students of all ages through his Academy. For his commissioned work Chris specializes in […]