Pictures of Recent Historic Districts Council Events


June 2014, Volume 11, Number 3

Grassroots Preservation Awards

and Preservation Party


The 2014 Grassroots Preservation Awards and Preservation Party was held on Wednesday June 4, 2014 at Grace Church. The recipients were

  • Michael Perlman
  • Beaumont Apartment Tenants
  • Friends of First Avenue Estate Coalition
  • Lola Finkelstein and the Multi-Board Task Force on East Midtown.
  • Friend in High Places- Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  •  Friend from the Media- The Lo-Down

For more information click here



Six To Celebrate Tours


Each year HDC holds a series of tours for our Six To Celebrate neighborhoods. Below are pictures from the Atlantic Avenue tour, the Forest Close tour, and the Park Avenue tour.

If you were unable to join us on the previous tours fret not; there are four remaining tours from July-October. All tours are $5 Friends, Students, Seniors/ $10 General Public

  • From Yiddish to Chinese and Beyond: A Walking Tour of Historic Libraries in Chinatown
  • Thursday, July 10, 6:00 PM (WALKING TOUR)
  • Madison Square North, Manhattan
  • Sunday, September 14, 11:00 AM (WALKING TOUR)
  • Staten Island’s Historic Cemeteries
  • Saturday, September 27, 11:00 AM (TROLLEY TOUR)
  • A Tale of Three Carnegies: A Tour of Historic Libraries in Harlem and the South Bronx
  • Saturday, October 18, 2:00PM (WALKING TOUR)

To register for the tours go to our website by clicking here 

Forest Close, Queens

Saturday, June 7, 2014 (WALKING TOUR)

Led by architectural historian Barry Lewis, this walking tour covered some of the highlights of Forest Hills, one of the city’s most beautiful suburban-style communities developed in the early 20th century. Featured on the tour was Forest Close, a nook of 38 neo-Tudor houses surrounding a communal garden. Designed in 1927 in the spirit of the garden city movement, Forest Close can be described as an enclave within an enclave, its private orientation and country-inspired architecture lending charming appeal.

Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

Saturday, June 14, 2014 (WALKING TOUR)

A commercial thoroughfare for more than one hundred years, Atlantic Avenue is a diverse retail and dining destination connecting the historic neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. Tour guide Joe Svehlak walked between 4th Avenue and Hicks Street, discussing Atlantic Avenue’s architecture, social and commercial history, as well as areas that have been more recently redeveloped.

 Park Avenue, Manhattan

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 (WALKING TOUR)

After a years-long preservation campaign by a coalition of residents, activists and community groups, 2014 is Park Avenue’s year! In February, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held an important Historic District hearing to landmark Park Avenue’s unprotected blocks, and in April, the Commission voted to landmark the district! The City Planning Commission will vote next week and City Council is expected to vote in the coming months. Tour guide Justin Ferate led this walking tour of New York City’s premier historic boulevard and explained about the effort to protect Park Avenue’s historical and architectural significance.


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