E-BULLETIN: HDC has celebrations and education in 2013, come join us!




    January 2013, Volume 10, Number 2


Sunset Park Landmarks Committee, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Sunset Park Landmarks Committee, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

2013: Six to Celebrate Launch Party!

Date: Tuesday – January 29, 2013

Location: University Settlement185 Eldridge Street, Manhattan

Description: Announcing the 2013 Six to Celebrate neighborhoods

Time: 6-8 pm

Please join the Historic Districts Council as we announce the neighborhoods selected for the 2013 Six to Celebrate program! Come honor the accomplishments of outgoing participants from Bay Ridge, Far Rockaway Beach Bungalows, Morningside Heights, Port Morris, Van Cortlandt Village, Victorian Flatbush; and welcome the possibilities for the new class as they commence a year of preservation campaigns, advocacy efforts, educational outreach, and fabulous events!

$25 per person/ $20 Friends of HDC

Pay at the door or to purchase tickets in advance, click HERE.

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

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



The Four Seasons Restaurant, the pool room

The Four Seasons Restaurant, the pool room

Secret Lives Tour: The Four Seasons Restaurant


Tuesday, January 22nd, 4:00–5:30 p.m.

99 East 52nd Street

(includes complimentary cocktail)

To purchase tickets, click here.

Start 2013 with Mies van der Rohe, Phillip Johnson and Pablo Picasso!  HDC’s Secret Lives Tours highlight some of the most original and rarely-seen spaces in New York.  The series takes attendees inside unique and spectacular spaces in the city, both big and small, to learn about their purpose, history and preservation.  Join HDC and architect Belmont Freeman of Belmont Freeman Architects for a tour and in-depth discussion of the ongoing restoration of the Four Seasons restaurant.  The tour will conclude with a complimentary cocktail in the famed Grill Room.

The Four Seasons is a rare, successful, and remarkably intact example of an architectural interior conceived as a unified and total work of art.  Join HDC for this exclusive Secret Lives event to gain a deeper look, understanding and appreciation of the historical context of this space as well as the future plans of the interior landmark.

$100 for Friends of HDC, $125 for general public

Price includes a complimentary cocktail.

Contact: ashedd@hdc.org or 212.614.9107


Monday Morning Coffee Talks: Winter 2013


February 4, 2013:

Elizabeth De Leon, Neighborhood Development Division,

NYC Department of Small Business Services


Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Manhattan

This program is FREE!

Reservations are required and space is limited.  Please contact: bzay@hdc.org

Diverse and successful local businesses are a key to any vibrant neighborhood. Come hear from one of the lead agencies that oversees commercial development, and learn more about two of their public/private initiatives that impact neighborhood character: Business Improvement Districts and the Avenue NYC program. Both of these initiatives work to deliver supplemental services to commercial districts including sanitation, signage, business recruitment, real estate development, marketing and capital improvements to encourage business growth. Commissioner De Leon will be prepared to answer your questions about these vital programs, so come with your questions and ideas ready!

To learn more about this and other upcoming Coffee Talks, please visit our website: http://hdc.org/program-events/winter-2012-2013-coffee-talks




March 1, 2 & 3, 2013

Registration Open!!

HDC save the date Pres Conf 2013-front


Preservation Now!

Pre-Conference Panel Discussions:

Wednesday, February 20th 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. 


Advances in technology has changed the ways we can interpret the past, not only of the built environment but social and cultural history as well.  New technologies are making it easier than ever to understand the political, social, cultural history and significance of the neighborhoods we walk through every day.

As part of Preservation Now!, HDC is pleased to present pre-conference panel discussions on emerging topics in preservation. Our first panel will address the topic of “Preservation and Technology” along with the emergence of current trends, issues and markets within the field.

Preservation and Technology

Speakers: Anthony Cocciolo is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute in New York City

Liz McEnaney is a cultural heritage consultant , co-founder of BLDG BLOK, a start-up that is creating a curated history of New York City, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University.   Michelle Young is the founder of Untapped Cities.  She is an author of 100 Ways to Make History, published by the New York Public Library. She holds a masters in urban planning from Columbia University, a B.A. from Harvard in the History of Art & Architecture.

These discussions will be held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center located at 232 East 11th Street New York, NY 10003Admission is free but an RSVP is required.  This schedule is subject to change.  To RSVP, please email Ashley Shedd at ashedd@hdc.org


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