Programs , Tours

2022 Preservation Conference Tours

Reframing the Narrative: Equity, Affordable Housing, and Cultural Landmarks


Unpacking the Meatpacking District with Jacquelyn Ottman

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

New York’s Meatpacking District is now known for its trendy boutiques, chi chi restaurants avantgarde art galleries, and the Highline, but for over a hundred years it was the center of the meatpacking industry within the greater Metropolitan area. Jacquie Ottman, a fifth generation member of a family whose storied meat-purveying business traces to NYC’s Fulton Market of 1850, will unpack the history of the Meatpacking District starting from the
vantage point of Gansevoort Plaza, a magical, and most unusual, intersection of five Manhattan blocks with a ‘view’ of over four centuries of NYC transformation.

A Walking Tour of Community Renewal in Melrose

Saturday, June 4, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join architect and urban planner Petr Stand on a walking tour of Melrose in The Bronx, as he takes us through the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area, a 30-block area in the South Bronx with a formerly large concentration of city-owned property. The renewal development  was originally conceived of as a place in which to create a new middle-income, home-ownership-based community but with the leadership of local community development organization, Nos Quedamos, the typology was diversified to include rental buildings, low, moderate, and middle income, as well as senior housing and housing for formerly homeless families.

Attendees will be able to appreciate how buildings were designed to resemble the culture and lifestyle of the communities that live there, as well as some of the community anchors that remained such as Casita Rincon Criollo, the oldest community garden in the city.

A Great Day in Harlem: Crossing the Fifth Avenue Divide

Saturday, June 18, 2022

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Take a stroll around East and Central Harlem above 125th Street, straddling Fifth Avenue, the traditional dividing line between East and West. Kathy Benson Haskins of Landmark East Harlem (LEH) will introduce you to the treasures of the second historic district that LEH has proposed for listing on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Featured sites include 19th-century wood frame houses, Victorian-era rowhouses, landmarks associated with James Baldwin and Langston Hughes, former church buildings that have been given new purposes, and the brownstone stoop that served as the site of the iconic 1958 photograph of jazz musicians by Art Kane for Esquire magazine.


Sustaining Public Housing: A Virtual Tour of the Rehabilitation of Harlem River Houses and other PACT Developments

via Zoom 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Architect Mark Ginsberg of Curtis & Ginsberg will present the firm’s work at Harlem River Houses and other NYCHA campuses to rehabilitate, restore, and renovate the housing and landscapes to make sure the permanently-affordable housing is preserved for the future. Many of these campuses are being recognized for their significance and being places on the National Register of Historic Places. Rehabilitation of these sites includes new energy efficient infrastructure, landscape improvements, and interior and exterior upgrades to all units.

A Tour of Washington Heights, and its Vibrant Communities 


Saturday, JULY 9, 2022

11:00 am. – 12:30 p.m. 

Home to one of the largest concentrations of Dominican communities outside of the Dominican Republic, Washington Heights offers a unique experience of Dominican culture that can be appreciated in the buildings and public spaces of the neighborhood. Such culture was depicted in the 2021 movie In The Heights, where historic buildings and public spaces are the centerpieces of all the Dominican cultural expressions.

In this tour, attendees will be able to appreciate some of the most iconic places from the movie, and they will also hear about the process of finding the places that better represent the cultural identity and heritage of Dominican communities.The tour will be led by Angel Ayón, preservation architect founder of AYON Studio and member of HDC board of advisers.

The Preservation Conference is generously supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Additional FY22 support is provided by New York City Council Members Margaret Chin, Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, Stephen Levin, Mark Levine, and Keith Powers.

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