Penn Station Advocacy Alert

 Send a Letter to Governor Hochul! There has been increased focus by the press recently on Governor Kathy Hochul and Empire State Development’s plan to transform the Penn Station Area. Many of these articles point out the lack of transparency and details in this plan. While the Historic Districts Council agrees that there need to […]

Statement of the Historic Districts Council – West Park Presbyterian Church Hardship Application

To Landmarks Preservation Commission June 14, 2022   I am Frampton Tolbert, Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council. HDC is the advocate for New York City’s designated historic districts, individual landmarks and structures meriting preservation.   HDC opposes this hardship application on several points. First, while the case law does not envision a reasonable return […]

Send a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission in Support of Designating Parkchester As a Historic District

Parkchester is the earliest example of the tower-in-the-park development in both New York City and the United States. The complex was also the first major housing development undertaken by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1938, and would later inspire the development of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. Parkchester is notable for the hundreds of terra cotta […]

Help Us Save West Park Presbyterian Church

Join the Historic Districts Council in telling the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission that Landmarks should stay as Landmarks!  Express your support for the preservation of the individually-landmarked West Park Presbyterian Church and tell them you are opposed to their hardship application to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission for its de-designation and […]

Announcing the 2022 Six to Celebrate

This year, HDC has selected the following areas for the Six to Celebrate Program: Parkchester, The Bronx; Little Caribbean, Brooklyn; Crow Hill, Brooklyn; Van Nest, The Bronx; Penn Development Area, Manhattan; Bayley Seton Campus, Staten Island


In December, we asked you to tell us what NYC buildings you feel need saving. Or just need a little love. The response was astounding. 100+ passionate New Yorkers joined in from every borough, telling us what their favorite threatened buildings are, and why these sites need protection.

Tell Us What Needs Saving In Town

Thank you to more than 70 people who participated in our Holiday Wish list!  The results will be announced in February and the buildings will be highlighted throughout 2022.

East 25th Street Historic District Marker Unveiling

HDC pleased to announce that Six to Celebrate neighborhood, the East 25th Street Historic District, will have an unveiling ceremony of historic district markers! This brief event will be next Wednesday, December 8th at 11:00 am. (In front of 336 East 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11226)