Simeon Bankoff Stepping Down as Executive Director of HDC

FOR RELEASE: September 21, 2021 CONTACT: Alison Greenberg, HDC Board President; 201-207-1003/[email protected]   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL STEPPING DOWN  Board to Launch National Search and Ensure Smooth Leadership Transition New York, NY: The Historic Districts Council (HDC), New York City’s advocate for all its historic  neighborhoods, announced today that its Executive Director Simeon […]

2021 Candidate Forum

Primaries are scheduled for Tuesday, June 22nd; the general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd; both are ranked-choice ballots. The 2021 municipal elections will determine NYC’s new Mayor in addition to 28 new Council Members. Below are candidate forums and surveys from several preservation organizations. Village Preservation Additional resources: Carnegie Hill Neighbors City Council […]

Statement in Support of NY Senate Bill S2016/ NY Assembly Bill A2128 – Amendment to the Multiple Dwelling Law to Eliminate Mechanical Voids

The Historic Districts Council is the citywide advocate for New York’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Although not every property can or should be protected under strict preservation ordinances, such New York City’s Landmarks Law, rational planning and zoning practices should ensure that development complements the city’s existing historic physical character, especially where it is most […]

Save the Landmarks Around Penn Station

Help us save the historic buildings around Penn Station! This is the launch of the Coalition to Save the Penn Station Powerhouse, led by Untapped New York, the Historic Districts Council, and the City Club of New York, with additional founding partners: 29th Street Neighborhood Association, Human-scale NYC, Landmark West!, and the Victorian Society of […]

Preservation Groups Oppose Top Down Centralized Planning

On Tuesday, February 23rd, the City Council will be holding a public hearing on Intro 2186, which proposes a requirement for the City of New York to undertake periodic comprehensive planning for all areas of the city and details a completely new process for the city to accomplish this new task. The new comprehensive plan […]

Celebrate Black History Month!

Harriet and Thomas Truesdell House – 227 Duffield Street 2020 Grassroots Award Presentation – Dorrance Brooks Property Owners and Residents Association and St. Marks Independent Block Association Addisleigh Park Tin Pan Alley Lewis H. Latimer House African Burial Ground Weeksville Statement on George Floyd and Systemic Racism Harriet and Thomas Truesdell House – 227 Duffield […]

Send a letter to LPC in support of the Walentyna & Aleksander Janta-Polczynski House

Above: Walentyna (née Stocker) Janta-Połczyński. Our campaign to preserve her former home in Elmhurst, Queens was recently featured on NBC New York and NY1. The Historic Districts Council and the Elmhurst History and Cemeteries Preservation Society need your help to save an important cultural landmark in Elmhurst, Queens. The home of Walentyna (née Stocker) and her […]

Statement on George Floyd and Systemic Racism

Bayard Rustin in front of the National Headquarters for the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom Associated Press, “March on Washington,” photographer: anonymous, August 1963 From “Central Harlem – West 130th-132nd Streets Historic District” Designation Report, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, 2018   Everything the Historic Districts Council does starts and ends in community. Although […]

HDC Supports Brooklyn Heights Promenade to the World Monument Watch List

February 26, 2019   World Monuments Watch Selection Committee World Monuments Fund 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite #2412 New York, NY 10118   Dear Selection Committee, The Historic Districts Council is the citywide advocate for New York’s historic places. We strong support the application for the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to be placed on the World Monuments […]

Proposed Bill to Lift FAR Cap

*UPDATE: This bill was not voted on No to bill S.6760  On behalf of the Historic Districts Council and our partner organizations, we implore you to contact your State Senator and tell her/him to veto bill S.6760 which would lift the current State cap (FAR 12) for residential development. This bill has not been vetted […]