Now in its 11th year, the Historic Districts Council’s SIX TO CELEBRATE program provides the winning groups with hands-on help strategizing and implementing all aspects of their efforts to preserve their New York City neighborhoods. We teach community activists strategic tools, such as documentation, research, zoning, landmarking, publicity and public outreach to advance their local preservation campaigns.
Since the program’s inception in 2011, HDC has helped 54 SIX TO CELEBRATE groups protect their local historic resources through such strategies as NYC landmark designation (33 Individual Landmarks and five Historic Districts have been designated); the National Register of Historic Places (one district became eligible and three districts and three individual properties have been listed); contextual zoning (one neighborhood was down-zoned to maintain scale and character); and neighborhood surveys (17 have been undertaken, resulting in the documentation of thousands of historic buildings across the five boroughs).
We have also assisted in leveraging over $115,000 in private and public grants for these community-driven projects and organized countless public programs to raise awareness and garner support. Neighborhoods selected also benefit from professionally designed websites, illustrated walking tour brochures, press attention, public program planning, growing audiences and new contacts in the field.
Please spread the word to community groups who are working to maintain and protect neighborhood character and historic resources. You can fill out the Application Form here:
Applications can also be mailed to you. Just call 212-614-9107 or email Diego Robayo at [email protected] The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2021. The 2022 SIX TO CELEBRATE winners will be announced in March, 2022.