May 2011, Volume 8, Number 2


~ Monday Morning Coffee Talk~


Preserving Cultural and Historic Landscapes of New York City Parks

Monday, June 6 at 8:30am


Joseph Disponzio will discuss how NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is approaching the preservation of the cultural and historic landscape resources of New York City. His talk will center on the writing and use of cultural landscape reports to help guide the restoration of historic landscapes. Reports on Conference House Park in Staten Island, Poe Park in the Bronx, and Weeping Beech Park in Queens analyze layers of history within our parks, including early natural history and Robert Moses’ modern influence. He will also discuss how DPR is meeting the challenge of implementing the Mayor’s PlaNYC Million Tree initiative, while preserving the open-space of our parks.

Joseph Disponzio, Ph.D., R.L.A. is a preservation landscape architect for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

This event is FREE to the public. Reservations are required, as space is limited. For more information, please contact Sara Romanoski at (212) 614-9107 or [email protected].

The Neighborhood Partners Program is sponsored, in part, by Assembly Members Jonathan L. Bing, Deborah J. Glick, Richard N. Gottfried and Daniel J. O’Donnell, and State Senators Thomas K. Duane, Liz Krueger, Bill Perkins & Diane J. Savino.



~Six to Celebrate Tour Series~


Come tour our 2011 Six to Celebrate neighborhoods. Learn about their diverse cultural and architectural histories. Throughout the summer HDC, with the help of noted tour guides and local community groups, will be touring each neighborhood.

Gowanus: Saturday, June 4, 11am (Bicycle Tour)

Inwood: Sunday, June 19, 10am – SOLD OUT

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Saturday, September 10, 11am (Bicycle Tour)

Jackson Heights: Saturday, September 24, 11am

Fee: $10 per person/$5 for Friends of HDC, Seniors and Students.
Tickets can be purchased here.
A limited number of tickets are available for area residents. Please contact [email protected] if you are an area resident.
Advance registration is required and space is limited.

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



~Isham Park, Inwood Celebrates its Centennial~

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 PM

Volunteers for Isham Park kicks off the 100th birthday of the park with historic readings and cake!  May 25th is the centennial anniversary of Julia Isham Taylor’s letter offering family’s land for the creation of Isham Park around which the neighborhood of Inwood would later develop.  Come enjoy the impressive, recently restored views of the surrounding waterways that Ms. Taylor sought to preserve. For more information, visit VIP’s blog.



~Rally to Save the Bowery!~

Wednesday, May 25, 6pm

Join us and our colleagues on Wednesday, May 25 at 6pm in front of 35 Cooper Square to mourn the loss of this 1825 Federal building and demand that the remainder of the historic Bowery gains protection now!

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors has a list of properties on the Bowery endorsed by Council member Margaret Chin – ranging from 1807 Federal townhouses to 20th century Beaux-Arts bank buildings – which need to be landmarked. Please join us in raising our voices to ensure that 35 Cooper Square is the last historic building on the Bowery to fall.


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