Historic Districts Council Announces
Annual List of NYC Areas
January 22, 2020
Contact: Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director
The Historic Districts Council (HDC), New York’s city-wide advocate for historic buildings and neighborhoods, is pleased to announce its Six to Celebrate, an annual listing of historic New York City neighborhoods that merit preservation attention.
Six to Celebrate is New York’s only citywide list of preservation priorities. Profiles of each of the 2020 Six to Celebrate neighborhoods, as well as all past neighborhoods, are available by visiting www.6tocelebrate.org.
Since 2011, Six to Celebrate has been helping to shape preservation activities in New York City. It has helped create 13 New York City Historic Districts and 50 Individual Landmarks, five districts on the National Register, three individual National Register properties and 19 neighborhood surveys encompassing thousands of buildings. It has also leveraged over $130,000 in private and public grants for these community-driven projects. Says Simeon Bankoff, HDC’s Executive Director: “It’s thrilling to help local communities throughout the city achieve real progress and lasting success.”
Applications for Six to Celebrate were submitted by neighborhood groups around the city, and the six were chosen on the basis of architectural and historic merit, the presence and level of threats to the area, the strength and willingness of local advocates, and an assessment of where HDC’s citywide preservation perspective and assistance could be the most meaningful. Throughout 2020, HDC will work with these neighborhood partners to set and reach preservation goals through strategic planning, advocacy, outreach, programs, and building public awareness.
Founded in 1970 as a coalition of community groups from the city’s designated historic districts, HDC has grown to become one of the foremost citywide voices for historic preservation. Serving a network of over 500 neighborhood-based community groups in all five boroughs, HDC strives to protect, preserve and enhance New York City’s historic buildings and neighborhoods through ongoing advocacy, community development, and education programs.
The Six to Celebrate is generously supported 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 Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by New York City Council Members Margaret Chin, Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, Stephen Levin, and Keith Powers.
Introducing the 2020 Six to Celebrate
Rego Park, Queens