Events , Tours

2020 Preservation Conference Tours

Newly Designated Landmarks of Gowanus

 April 19, 2020

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for a walking tour of newly-designated individual landmarks in the long-spurned but burgeoning neighborhood around Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal.  Brad Vogel, Gowanus resident and co-founder of the Gowanus Landmarking Coalition, will explain what was designated and what remains to be done – with a side dish of Gowanus rezoning discussion and some superfund cleanup details for dessert.

The Landmarks of Sunset Park

April 25, 2020

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

After over forty years of advocacy, four districts of primarily late 19th and early 20th century working class housing were designated in this hilltop harbor view neighborhood. View these four new landmark districts and hear about a potential fifth district. Enjoy great views from the park and see a variety of working class architecture, churches and civic buildings. Hear about the city’s first large scale development of non- profit co-op housing started by the Finns. Learn about Sunset Park’s multi-ethnic history and the long struggle to achieve landmark designation in the old neighborhood, community activist and tour guide Joe Svehlak‘s old neighborhood.

Historic Hell’s Kitchen

May 3, 2020

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Hell’s Kitchen (or Clinton, depending on whom you ask) is a storied Manhattan neighborhood tucked between the Times Square theaters and the Hudson River docks. Over the centuries it evolved from bucolic countryside to dense urban district, with a history of poverty and attendant ills which gave rise to its name. Today the forces of gentrification have brought changes to Hell’s Kitchen, but a large swath of original buildings survive – brownstones and tenements, churches and model tenements and settlement houses – plus the remnant on Ninth Avenue of Paddy’s Market, once one of the city’s best known. Two historic districts have been proposed, one for Hell’s Kitchen and one for Paddy’s Market; join Anthony Robins on a tour of both.


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