Our Advocacy

HDC’s Vulnerable Buildings Advocacy

Communities across New York City have been affected by the rise in demolition of landmarked structures over the past three years. As the city-wide advocate for all of New York City’s historically, culturally, and architecturally significant neighborhoods, HDC has been at the forefront of an effort to protect what we are deeming Buildings at Risk in every borough. Our advocacy has included press conferences, a city-wide community based survey, regular meetings with LPC about Buildings at Risk, and joint planning and panel discussions with our colleague organizations. Our policy proposals and citywide survey have helped inform LPC’s new Vulnerable Historic Buildings Action Plan.

Our work to preserve vulnerable buildings remains ongoing, and our survey is still helping to identify buildings at risk. We invite you to explore our policy proposals below, and fill out our survey to help identify any landmarked buildings in your neighborhood that may be at risk for demolition by ongoing neglect, owner negligence or unsafe construction.  

HDC’s Buildings at Risk Survey

HDC’s Vulnerable Buildings Policy Proposals and Initial Survey Results – 2/6/23 

HDC and Preservation Colleagues joint letter to DOB and LPC – 7/20/23

HDC and Preservation Colleagues joint letter regarding City Owned landmarks demolished at Fort Totten – 9/26/23

HDC and Preservation Colleagues joint letter to LPC requesting update on Vulnerable Buildings Plan – 1/18/24