Six to Celebrate is a dynamic program of the Historic Districts Council, and New York’s only targeted citywide list of preservation priorities.
The purpose of the program is to provide strategic resources to neighborhood groups at a critical moment to reach their preservation goals. The six selected groups receive HDC’s hands-on help on all aspects of their efforts over the course of the year and continued support in the years to come. The program helps community activists learn to use tools such as documentation, research, zoning, landmarking, publicity, and public outreach to advance local preservation campaigns.
Since the program’s inception in 2011, HDC has helped Six to Celebrate groups create three National Register districts (Bowery, Far Rockaway Bungalows and Fort Independence); one National Register-eligible district (Gowanus); three National Register Properties (Port Morris Gantries, Sylvan Grove Cemetery and Richmond Terrace Cemeteries); 33 NYC Individual Landmarks; five NYC historic districts (Bedford Stuyvesant, Bedford, Park Avenue, Crown Heights North III and Mount Morris Park Extension), with many others still in the works; one contextual zoning to maintain neighborhood scale and character (Woodlawn Heights); and 13 neighborhood surveys that have resulted in the documentation of thousands of historic buildings across the five boroughs. We have also assisted in leveraging over $100,000 in private and public grants for these community-driven projects. Neighborhoods selected also benefit from professionally-designed websites, illustrated walking tour brochures, press attention, growing audiences and new contacts in the field.
The six, chosen from applications submitted by community organizations, are selected on the basis of the architectural and historic merit of the area, the level of threat, the strength and willingness of local advocates, and potential for HDC’s preservation support to be meaningful.
As HDC’s Executive Director Simeon Bankoff stated at the beginning of the program, “Neighborhoods throughout New York are fighting an unseen struggle to determine their own futures. By bringing these locally-driven neighborhood preservation efforts into the spotlight, HDC hopes to focus New Yorkers’ attention on the very real threats that historic communities throughout the city are facing from indiscriminate and inappropriate development. As the first list of its kind in New York, the Six to Celebrate helps raise awareness of local efforts to save neighborhoods on a citywide level.”
Visit the Six to Celebrate website to learn more