Events , Programs

June Preservation Schools

Construction Activities Adjacent to Historic Properties

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Via Zoom

6:00 – 7:00 p.m

In this class Charu Chaudhry, registered architect and Vice President
 at Thornton Tomasetti, will discuss the risks and strategies of constructing adjacent to existing and historic properties. Construction activities next to historic buildings are a common occurrence especially in dense urban areas of New York City and need to be managed carefully. Urban environments contain buildings with shared party walls or adjoining property lines. Activities like demolition, excavation, dewatering and construction carry greater risk of causing damage when performed close to existing buildings, especially if the new building is taller or deeper into the ground than the previous building on the same lot. Where new buildings replace a demolished portion of a row structure, there are additional considerations related to bracing and weatherproofing of former party lines. There is a need to proactively communicate, where experienced design professionals are engaged to evaluate risks and develop mitigation strategies, which often include a Pre-Construction survey and monitoring of building movement and/or ground vibration and establish protection measures. There is a need for proper documentation of the condition and previous modifications of older structures which may be susceptible to damage from adjacent construction than new structures.

Preservación 101

June 21, 2022

Via Zoom

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Conozca de la ley la historia de emblemas históricos de la Ciudad de Nueva York, mientras exploramos los beneficios y los requisitos para que un lugar sean elegible como emblema histórico. La presentación también se centrará en el proceso de otorgar status de emblema y proporcionará estudios de casos que ilustren los posibles resultados de este proceso. La presentación se llevará a cabo íntegramente en español y está dirigida a los residentes de habla hispana que desean tener una mejor comprensión de la ley de emblemas en la Ciudad de Nueva York.

Learn about the history of NYC’s landmarks law, as we explore the benefits and requirements for buildings and places to be eligible for landmarks designation. The presentation will also focus on the process of giving landmark status to a place and will provide case studies that illustrate possible outcomes for this process. The presentation will be conducted entirely in Spanish and it is catered to Spanish-speaking residents who want to have a better understanding of landmarking in NYC.

Designated, now what?

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Via Zoom

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Keith Taylor, Chair of Manhattan Community Board 10’s Landmarks Committee, and resident of the Six to Celebrate neighborhood Dorrance Brooks Historic District will present this Preservation School on navigating life after designation. In this class, Keith will provide information on what financial support is available to homeowners and who can work on historic homes. He will discuss what can be done about enforcing building owners to be responsible for their buildings in order to prevent demolition by neglect and provide some best practices advice for homeowners and renters in a historic district. He will be joined by Christina M. Vágvölgyi, Historic Site Restoration Coordinator for the NY State Historic Preservation Office.


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