Angel Guardian Home Designated, but Mercy (Convent) Building to be Demolished by Developer

The main building (left) was designated, but the Mercy building (right) was carved out of the landmark boundary. The 12th Avenue buildings of the Angel Guardian Home were designated this week, while the equally exquisite Mercy Building on 63rd Street was left out of the landmark site. The developer has publicly stated that this building will soon be […]

East 25th Street in Brooklyn to be heard by LPC!

This year, HDC selected East Flatbush as one of our Six to Celebrate neighborhoods, with a special emphasis on the block of East 25th Street (between Clarendon Road and Avenue D). We are proud to work with this special block from the first phone call to our office to its LPC public hearing next week. […]

Bay Ridge Parkway – Doctors’ Row Historic District

Request for Evaluation: Bay Ridge Parkway Statement of Significance  Bay Ridge Parkway, known as “Doctors’ Row,” serves as an unofficial gateway to Bay Ridge, as it is a major thoroughfare within the neighborhood. The proposed historic district includes a total of 53 properties located between 4th and 5th Avenues in Brooklyn. The 400 block of […]

A Brief-ish History of Tin Pan Alley

Designated: December 10, 2019 On March 12, 2019 the Landmarks Preservation Commission Calendared five buildings on Tin Pan Alley, 47, 49, 51, 53 and 55 West 28th Street between Broadway and Sixth Ave. Since the news story about the threat to Tin Pan Alley broke, the world’s attention has been captured by the area. Unfortunately, […]

Victory at NYPL: Vive les Beaux Arts!

NYPL’s Changes Reflect HDC Testimony The Historic Districts Council (HDC) reviews every public proposal affecting New York City’s landmarks and historic districts and provides testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) whenever it is needed. “…regally enthroned on a terrace plateau, displaying urns, fountains, flagpoles, sculpture and ornament…this building comes closer than any other in […]

HDC Supports Bay Ridge 76th Street 600 Block Historic District

Residents of the 600 block of 76th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn completed a Request for Evaluation, conducted extensive research, and provided beautiful photographs of 76th Street  displaying this block’s sense of place to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Read our letter of support below: February 14, 2019 Kate Lemos McHale, Director of Research NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission One […]

Crown Heights North Threatened

Demolition permits have been applied, but not yet issued, for 669 St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights North. A “boutique condo” development may take its place, and, as a part of a zoning lot merger, its neighbor at number 673 is also endangered. Both historic structures were designed by architect E. G. W. Dietrich in […]

Action Alert: Landmark Gowanus before Rezoning

In September 2016, the City of New York announced that the Gowanus neighborhood would be rezoned. Under the de Blasio administration, neighborhoods throughout the city have been rezoned to encourage higher-density, residential development. To help incorporate the historic buildings of the community into this plan, the Gowanus Landmarking Coalition was formed. Composed of representatives from […]

Landmark the Lefkowitz: RFE for 80 Centre Street

UPDATE: It was reported on November 28, 2018 that the Lekowitz building would not be demolished! The Mayor’s office released a statement saying the new plan was to expand the existing jail, the Manhattan Detention Complex, also known as The Tombs at 125 White St. Mayor de Blasio unveiled a plan in summer 2018 to dissolve […]

Landmark the Elmhurst African Burial Ground

The Elmhurst History and Cemeteries Preservation Society, one of HDC’s 2018 Six to Celebrate groups, has submitted a Request for Evaluation to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark the African Burial Ground in Elmhurst, Queens. This all volunteer group is working hard to raise awareness of the neighborhood’s cultural history–especially this site–which has been in limbo of impending development. It has miraculously remained untouched for nearly three centuries, but now it needs the help of greater community to ensure its survival.