September 2012, Volume 9, Number 3


Park Avenue in Context: Film Clips and a Discussion of the Midtown Rezoning

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6:00pm

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street Between Second and Third Avenues, Manhattan

In this fun program of film clips and commentary, architectural historian John Kriskiewicz will examine Midtown’s Park Avenue, which was transformed in a few short years following the Second World War into an office district of Modernist glass towers. Kriskiewicz will show clips from such notable films as The Best of Everything (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) and discuss the evolution of the avenue and its importance in New York City history and larger popular culture. HDC’s executive director Simeon Bankoff will briefly introduce the recently proposed Midtown rezoning, which has the potential to drastically alter the area with massive new skyscrapers.


Price: $10/$5 Friends of HDC. To purchase tickets, click here or call 212-614-9107. Space is limited.


 Six To Celebrate 2011 Brochures now available online and for purchase!!

2011 Six To Celebrate Brochure: Mount Morris Park


As part of our Six To Celebrate program HDC has created walking tour brochures for each of the 2011 neighborhoods. The brochures include beautiful pictures along with historic and current facts about specific areas/buildings. We have done a limited printing so if you would like to own them do not wait! We are currently selling all six for $5 (they cannot be purchased individually).

You can view and purchase all 6 Walking Tour Brochures at http://hdc.org/program-events/six-to-celebrate/six-to-celebrate-2011/walking-tour-brochures.


Still room left on our last bike tour of the season!

Saturday, September 22, 12pm

Port Morris Gantries, Bronx

BICYCLE TOUR led by Harry J. Bubbins, director of Friends of Brook Park

In the South Bronx neighborhood of Port Morris, a pair of ferry gantries deteriorating in an empty lot may seem an eyesore to some, but the Friends of Brook Park sees them as the centerpiece to an engaging public space. Taking inspiration from other New York City waterside parks, this new park will combine recreation, education, and preservation of New York’s history for residents and visitors alike. This tour will visit the exterior of the gantries site but also examine other historic areas of Port Morris. A limited number of bicycles are available upon advance request, otherwise bikes will not be provided.

$10, $5 for Friends of HDC, students and seniors. To purchase tickets, click here. Meeting location announced upon registration.

Six to Celebrate is generously supported by The New York Community Trust.

Additional support for the Six to Celebrate Tours is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from New York City Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Vincent Gentile, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez.

Make sure to check out photos from our recent tour of Victorian Flatbush!


Six To Celebrate 2013 Application now Available 

HDC has begun the search for its 2013 Six to Celebrate neighborhoods! You can now apply to be one of the six by going online to http://hdc.org/program-events/six-to-celebrate/2013-application . You may also download the PDF of the application here: Six To Celebrate 2013 application form, or give us a call at 212-614-9107 if you would like one sent to you. To read more information about the Six To Celebrate program view our website http://hdc.org/program-events/six-to-celebrate.  We look forward to your submissions.


Title: Coffee Talk: Understanding NYC’s Home Improvement Business Law
Location: Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Between Second and Third Avenues, Manhattan

Date: October 1
8:30 am-10:00 am

Description: As many homeowners know, undertaking restoration or repair work can present a myriad of challenges that go beyond the work itself. The Department of Consumer Affairs, New York City’s watchdog for maintaining a fair marketplace, works to protect property owners from misleading trade practices through its Home Improvement Business Law.

Join us on October 1 as Ricky Wong, Director of Community Relations, gives helpful hints on hiring home improvement contractors, explains the Department’s licensing requirements and addresses questions concerning property owners’ rights when undertaking construction projects.

RSVP to bzay@hdc.org


Suggest a Site for A Cultural Medallion!

Edward Durell Stone House, 130 East 64 Street


The Cultural Medallions are a program of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Chair of the HLPC, created the Cultural Medallions program to ensure that New York’s rich history was not forgotten. The HLPC has installed close to 100 medallions around the city to heighten public awareness of the cultural and social history of New York City. HLPC and HDC have been working together to provide new plaques since 2011.We invite nominations for new medallions by filling out this form. Site should reflect significant individuals or events, where people lived, or the events occurred, in still existing buildings. The program seeks to honor individuals who have made important contributions to New York City in the arts, sciences, the law, business, education, sports and politics, as well as anything you consider truly remarkable and original that has contributed to the cultural heritage of New York City.


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