Six to Celebrate is HDC’s yearly program of preservation priorities. As part of the program, HDC supports six chosen recipients in their preservation goals throughout the year and beyond. Support includes help on an advocacy campaign, guidance on communicating their message, planning of walking tours and other programs promoting the community, and a reimbursable grant of up to $1,000 to support preservation-related activities.

Samuel Brooks, Mott Haven:

“HDC has been the catalyst for our preservation agenda in the South Bronx. With the presentations, the walking tours, and the historic preservation guide, we have been able to engage residents around cultural and architectural preservation”

Since its inception in 2011, HDC has helped Six to Celebrate groups create:

• 5 National Register districts
• 3 National Register-eligible districts
• 3 National Register properties
• 37 New York City Individual Landmarks
• 9 New York City historic districts
• 1 contextual down-zoning to maintain neighborhood scale and character
• 20 neighborhood surveys, resulting in the documentation of thousands of buildings in all five boroughs
• HDC has also assisted in leveraging over $150,000 in private and public grants for these community-driven projects.

Selection of the SIX TO CELEBRATE is based on a combination of factors, including completeness and clarity of the material submitted, architectural and/or historical significance of the area, current threats to the area, need, and geographic distribution in New York City. An ideal Six to Celebrate recipient is one with a specific campaign or project and one in which HDC can make a meaningful difference with our involvement.

Applications for 2024 are now open. The deadline to apply is January 2, 2024 

Requirements for application
—A completed application form.
—Up to 20 labeled, current images (photos or scans) that
illustrate the site/neighborhood – the good and the bad.
Images must be JPEG files, at least 300 dpi. Please make sure HDC has permission to use these images
—A map showing location and boundaries.
—Optional further documentation such as articles,
historic images, landmark nomination forms or reports
(please do not send originals).

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