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Jeffrey Kroessler Student Research Award

HDC is announcing the creation of the Jeffrey Kroessler Student Research Award, an annual juried award honoring original graduate-level research on topics relevant to New York City historic preservation. This will provide a opportunity for students to gain recognition by publicly showcasing high-level research that is beneficial to the historic preservation community in NYC. At least one $1,000 award will be presented each year and the award recipient(s) will have the opportunity to present their research to an audience of New York City stakeholders. The first award will be presented in 2024.

Jeffrey Kroessler was a longtime HDC board member, preservationist, author, educator, librarian, and historian. He served on HDC’s boards of directors and advisers for 36 years, helping to craft the organization’s advocacy strategies and educational programs on preservation across the city. He was a champion of preservation and the history of New York and was the author of Sunnyside Gardens: Planning and Preservation in a Historic Garden Suburb (2021), which received critical acclaim in The New York Review of Books. He also authored The Greater New York Sports Chronology (2009) and New York, Year by Year (2002). He contributed to The Encyclopedia of New York City, The Encyclopedia of New York State, and Robert Moses and the Modern City: the Transformation of New York, and published in the Journal of Planning History, New York History, and Long Island History Journal. He was a passionate advocate for the borough of Queens, including co-founding the Queensborough Preservation League, participating in the successful effort to landmark Long Island City’s New York Architectural Terra Cotta Works Building, and helping lead the successful campaign to designate the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District. Jeffrey also had a longtime commitment to the education and development of the next generation of preservationists and scholars.

Help us honor Jeffrey’s memory and support the creation of the Kroessler Student Research Award. Your donation will directly support the prize for the winning recipients and the public events where recipients will showcase their research. All donations are fully tax deductible.

Donors at the following levels will receive special recognition:

  • $250+: two tickets to the awards event.
  • $500+: listed in the award event program for the year of the donation, four tickets to the award event.
  • $1,000+: listed as a “Founding Donor” on all promotional materials related to the awards program, including the HDC website, four tickets to the award event.
  • $2,500+: listed as a “Founding Donor” on all promotional materials related to the awards programs, including the HDC website, and will be thanked publicly at the event, four tickets to the awards event.

For more information, please contact Michelle Arbulu [email protected].

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