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October 2013, Volume 10, Number 7

Monday Morning Coffee Talk:

Governors Island At A Crossroads: A Peek At Plans For The Island’s Future

Monday, November 4th

8:30 AM – 10 AM




Governors Island, a rich and storied resource in the middle of New York Harbor, is at a major crossroads.  Since 2006, the 172-acre Island has been transformed from an abandoned military base into a vibrant public space, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and a diverse array of arts and cultural programs.  The Trust for Governors Island, a public-private entity that owns 150 of the Island’s acres, is responsible for its planning, redevelopment and on-going operations.

Under the leadership of its President, Leslie Koch, The Trust oversees an ambitious $300 million capital program that will add 30 new acres of park and public space and bring the Island’s infrastructure into the 21stcentury. The Island’s nationally recognized park and public space plan has received awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Municipal Art Society, among others.  Ms. Koch will join us for a discussion on these dynamic plans for the Island’s future and will answer your questions.


Reservations are required.  For more information on this series or to RSVPplease contact Barbara Zay at bzay@hdc.orgor 212-614-9107. Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street NY, NY 10003


From Signs to Scenic Vistas: Aesthetic Regulation’s Unfinished Agenda

Monday, November 4th

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Arsenal in Central Park830 Fifth Avenue (at East 64th Street)
New York City



Scenic VistasIn commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Report of the Mayor’s Billboard Advertising Commission of the City of New York, the New York Preservation Archive Project is hosting a program examining the origins of aesthetic regulation in New York State, delving into present day situations where policy has fallen short in protecting historic and scenic views, and discussing potential tools to solve these shortcomings.

Join Anthony C. Wood, author of Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City’s Landmarks, on the legacy of the 1913 proposed amendment, will be followed by a robust panel discussion and Q & A. Panelists include Ronald Lee Fleming, Chair of Scenic America, Matthew Goebel, author of Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law, and Carol Clark, Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.

For more information about this event click here

 Co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project, Scenic America, the Historic Districts Council, the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, NYCLandmarks50, and the Historic House Trust of New York City    


Wooden Houses of Greenpoint Walking Tour

Saturday, November 9th, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

wooden-house in Greenpoint
Greenpoint is more than a neighborhood of lofts, galleries, and the best pierogies in Brooklyn. It’s also home to some of our favorite wooden houses! Join Chelcey Berryhill and Elizabeth Finkelstein of the Wooden House Project for a walking tour up, down and all around the unique wooden-house filled streets in this historic area. Learn about how these hearty survivors came to be, their ties to Greenpoint’s early shipbuilding history and how they’re being rediscovered and brought back to life today.

Reservations required, please RSVP through the Wooden House Project link below. Meeting place will be given upon sign-up.

Tickets: $20

Click here to purchase tickets

Greenpoint is one of HDC 2013 Six To Celebrate neighborhoods. To apply for 2014 click here! 



   Thursday, November 21st

10:00 AM- 1:00 PM


Join the Historic Districts Council for a Secret Lives Tour of Grand Central Terminal.  With the Terminal winding down from a year long centennial celebration, come explore the hallowed passageways, grand halls and the secret corners of this gorgeous architectural landmark.

Designed by Warren & Wetmore and Reed & Stem, and completed in 1913, this gateway to the city was perfect example of a Beaux- Arts building. Combining stunning architecture, new advancements in engineering technology and an efficient functionality for a growing city, GCT was and still remains a distinctly New York masterpiece. The exterior of the building was landmarked in 1967 and the interior landmarked in 1980. The fight to save Grand Central in the 1960s and 1970s was distinctive victory for historic preservation in New York City.

This urban adventure is not for the faint of heart. This tour will last for three hours and will including extended walking, standing and some stair climbing.

For more details and pricing please contact: Brigid Harmon 212-614-9107 ext. 14

Meeting location will be provided upon registration. You will be contacted a week before the event


The Changing Face of SoHo: A Walking Tour with Matthew Postal 

Saturday, December 7th

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Take a walk through the iconic streetscapes of NoHo and SoHo as architectural historian Matthew Postal illuminates some of the contemporary responses to this rich commercial neighborhood of cast-iron and masonry structures. Attendees will look at new buildings, recent additions and preservation projects by Aldo Rossi, Beyer Blinder Belle, and Jean Nouvel among others. Come delve in the past, present and ever-changing future of this bustling and well-loved neighborhood, stay for some holiday shopping afterwards!

Click here for more information and tickets

These tours are part of HDC’s 2014 conference “New Design + Old Places”. The conference will showcase projects that broaden traditional perceptions of the field of historic preservation and incorporate contemporary design with historic resources.

These tours are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York City Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Vincent Gentile, Sara Gonzalez, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez.


Introduction to Digital Mapping Workshop
Sunday, November 3rd


Are you fascinated by the potential of digital maps to expand the way we understand and experience places? Come learn how digital mapping is reshaping the way historians and preservationists in New York City communicate and engage the public in understanding the places around us. This workshop, led by urban historian Liz McEnaney and interactive media designer Phillip Pond, will introduce participants to innovative websites and apps that map history and will teach participants how to make their own customizable interactive NYC map in Google. User-experience (UX) design will also be discussed. No prior programming knowledge is required, but participants should be comfortable with Google maps. Co-sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center Digital Initiatives and the CUNY Center for Urban Research.

Registration is limited; advance reservations required:

Use promo code 11DM03 for $40 tickets!

Order tickets online here

or call 917-492-3395.


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