E-BULLETIN- Congratulations to the official Bedford-Stuyvesant/Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District!


August 2013, Volume 10, Number 4

Congratulations to the residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant/Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District!  The district of handsome late 19th-century buildings, designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in April of this year, was unanimously approved by the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses.  Brooklyn Community Board 3, HDC, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation testified in favor of the designation as supporters watched on.  Councilmember Al Vann also attended the hearing to support the historic district and express his pride in the local leadership and volunteers who made it possible.  Want to see what all the talk is about?  Go out and take a visit to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood with our handy guide.

Bedford-Stuyvesant supporters at the LPC Hearing in 2011

 Bedford-Stuyvesant supporters at the LPC Hearing in 2011

Also approved by the Subcommittee on Tuesday was the individual landmarking of the Bialystoker Center and Home for the Aged at 228 East Broadway on the Lower East Side.  Like the Bedford-Stuyvesant/Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, the 1931 art-deco building has local advocates and a supportive Councilmember to thank for its designation.  A fun fact not mentioned in the designation report – Flight of the Conchords fans may recognize the buildings as a neighbor of the supposed New Zealand consulate


Monday Morning Coffee Talk Is Back !!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

8:30 am

Neighborhood Preservation Center 232 East 11th Street NY,NY 10003


The Department of City Planning’s mission is to promote strategic growth, transit-oriented development and sustainable communities, in part by initiating comprehensive, consensus-based planning and zoning changes for individual neighborhoods and business districts, as well as establishing policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide.  It supports the City Planning Commission and each year reviews more than 500 land use applications for actions such as zoning changes and disposition of City property.

A major initiative of the Bloomberg administration has been a vigorous examination and revisiting of New York City’s physical plan.  Much of this work has been carried out by the Department of City Planning and the City Planning Commission.  Both agencies are under the leadership of Amanda Burden and in the past 12 years, they have changed the underlying plans for more than a third of New York’s City’s neighborhoods and properties.

Carolyn Grossman, Director of Governmental Affairs, will speak about the many facets of the Department’s work, including a discussion of what zoning is, how the process works, and how the Department uses it to achieve changes in the city’s built character.  This discussion will include a variety of case studies involving zoning and other initiatives in recent years.  Ms. Grossman will address attendees’ questions on a range of topics, so come prepared to engage in a discussion centered on your inquiries and concerns.

These events are FREE, but reservations are required.

For more information on this series or to RSVP, please contact Barbara Zay at or 212-614-9107.



Request for Six To Celebrate 2014

Six To Celebrate 2014 application form (PDF)

Fill out the application online by clicking here 


The Historic Districts Council is happy to call for applications for the 2014 Six to Celebrate.

The purpose of this program is to provide strategic resources to neighborhood groups at a critical moment so that they can reach their preservation goals.  The program will help community activists learn to use tools such as documentation, research, zoning, landmarking, publicity, and public outreach to advance local preservation campaigns.  The selected groups will receive HDC’s hands-on help strategizing and implementing all aspects of their efforts over the course of the 2014 calendar year as well as our continued support in the years to come.

Since beginning this program in 2011, HDC has been able to help Six to Celebrate groups create two new National Register districts (the Bowery and Far Rockaway Bungalows) and two New York City historic districts (Bedford Stuyvesant and the East Village) with many others still in the works in all five boroughs (Bedford, Gowanus, Harrison Street, Port Morris, and Van Cortland Village).  We have also assisted in leveraging more than $40,000 in private and public grants for these community-driven projects. Neighborhood selected also get professionally-designed websites and illustrated walking tour brochures.

Above is a link to a PDF of the nomination form.  You can also find the form on our website or, if you would like, we will mail you one (just call 212-614-9107 or send an email to

Deadline for nominations is November 1, 2013, and the “Six to Celebrate” will be announced in early 2014.

Finally, don’t worry – we’re not going away.  HDC will continue to assist all our neighborhood partners in their efforts.

Six to Celebrate is generously 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


 Bronx Parks System, The Bronx

BIKE TOUR (south Bronx loop)

Saturday, September 14, 9:30AM

 bronx river

Led by Elizabeth Hamby, artist/educator and organizer of the Boogie Down Rides festival


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