Landmarks @ 45: Learn About Preservation History & Contribute Your Story


In celebration of the forty-fifth anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, the New York Preservation Archive Project is launching a new website,, to encourage recognition of this event and chronicle the past five decades of preservation history. This project is being done in partnership with HDC, the Neighborhood Preservation Center and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. features a group blog, a calendar of preservation-related events, a publicly editable preservation history wiki, and a dedicated space for preservationists to share their memories, photographs and documents. Users can edit the Preservation History Wiki – a growing chronology of NYC preservation history – or upload their own photographs and documents to the website via the blog comments.

Both individuals and organizations are encouraged to add their work to the record. Examples of material might include the story behind a particular landmarking campaign, notice of a group’s founding, or photographs of a forgotten protest. Contributions will both celebrate the many achievements of New York’s preservationists and help the Archive Project construct a detailed timeline of preservation history.

For further information, visit or contact [email protected].

We all do so much to protect New York’s history, now it’s time to protect ours!


Landmarks @45: Scenes from the LPC


The James Marston Fitch Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of “New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (1962-1999): Paradigm for Changing Attitudes Towards Historic Preservation” by Marjorie Person, PhD.  Dr. Pearson served as director of research at the Landmarks Preservation Commission of the City of New York for twenty-one years. She is an author and the President Emerita of the Cass Gilbert Society.  This 133 page, annotated study looks at how the LPC and its practices evolved over time, organized chronologically over four decades.

The study was funded by a Mid-Career Grant from the Fitch Foundation. These grants are awarded annually to mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience, and an established identity in one or more of the following fields: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, history of architecture and the decorative arts. The grants are not envisioned as prizes for past accomplishment, but are intended to support original research and creative design. The projects must demonstrate usefulness to practitioners and the results must be in publishable form. For more information, see



Monday Morning Coffee Talk Series: Join Us in May!


May 3, 2010: The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast Office and Funding for Community Groups

8:30am, Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Manhattan


For the May Coffee Talk, come meet with Roberta Lane, senior program officer and regional attorney at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast Office. The Office offers technical assistance and funding to support local, state and regional preservation efforts in 10 states including New York. Roberta will talk in-depth about the Trust’s mission and discuss a variety of available financial incentives to assist community-based initiatives. Types of projects that these funds can support include restoration of significant public buildings, undertaking surveys of historic resources, stabilizing historic schools, and raising awareness about important African American sites. These grants may be available to your organization to undertake needed preservation efforts. Roberta will also provide more information on an exciting new funding opportunity specifically for local organizations, the Elizabeth and Robert Jeffe Fund for New York City. Come learn more about the Northeast Office and how they can help with your preservation campaigns!

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

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




Celebrating Preservation Efforts: HDC Preservation Party, featuring the 11th Annual Grassroots Preservation Awards

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 6:00pm

St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
Garden and Parish Hall
East 10th Street & Second Avenue
$25/person $15/Friends of HDC, payable at the door
E-mail [email protected] or call 212.614.9107 for more information.

Each May, HDC honors a selection of New York City’s most active and engaged preservation advocates with its Annual Grassroots Awards & Preservation Party. We are proud to announce this year’s deserving honorees!

Alice and Agate Courts Historic District (here and here-pdf)

John Antonides and the Hubbard House (pdf)

Coalition to Save West-Park Presbyterian Church
Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

Council Member Rosie Mendez
New York City Council, 2nd District, Manhattan

Nicholas Hirshon of The Daily News

MICKEY MURPHY AWARD for lifetime achievement

Joyce Mendelsohn

We are still accepting co-sponsorships for this wonderful event from individuals, community groups and businesses, beginning at $100. Co-sponsors are listed in the Grassroots Program Book, on the HDC website and receive complimentary tickets to the party! For more information on supporting the event, please email [email protected], visit or call 212.614.9107 for more information. Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for the party of the year!

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