New York City Landmark Designation Process

PRESERVING YOUR HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD: NEW YORK CITY LANDMARK DESIGNATION PROCESS The New York City Landmarks Law of 1965 established the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and authorized them to designate individual buildings, historic districts, interior landmarks and scenic landmarks of historical, cultural and architectural significance. For over fifty years, neighborhoods have sought historic […]

Announcing the 2019 Six to Celebrate!

HDC is thrilled to announce 2019’s class of Six to Celebrate neighborhoods: Bedford Park, the Bronx; Chinatown/Little Italy, Manhattan; Dorrance Brooks Square, Manhattan; Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan; Hunts Point; the Bronx and Kingsbridge; the Bronx. 

LPC Calendars Four Sunset Park Historic Districts

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019 the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to calendar four Sunset Park Historic Districts! The Sunset Park North, Central Sunset Park, Sunset Park 50th Street, and Sunset Park South will hopefully have Public Hearings and will be designated later in 2019. As one of our Six to Celebrate groups, HDC has been […]

Voices of Preservation: Lei Yang – Chinatown

Diverse voices in preservation Lei Yang came to the US from China  in 2012 to advance her education in architecture and preservation. She graduated from Cornell University with a Masters in Preservation and Planning, and since then she has worked for a number of architecture and historic preservation organizations in New York City. Lei’s work […]

Voices of Preservation: Samuel Brooks – Mott Haven

Samuel Brooks arrived to the South Bronx from Honduras in 1974. At that time, the area was being devastated by consecutive cases of arson, by which Samuel and his family were forced out of the building they first lived in The Bronx. They had to move to 140th Street between St. Ann and Cypress in […]

2018 Year in Review

Happy New Year! Here at the Historic Districts Council, we are taking a moment to look back on an eventful year in preservation. Below, we’ve shared some of the moments that have meant the most to us, from longtime preservation campaigns to swift advocacy action. If you would like to support activities like these, as […]

Video Tour: Cultural Landmarks of New York City

Watch HDC’s virtual tour of some of New York City’s Cultual Landmarks, from the home of music publishing in Manhattan to a Staten Island Shrine that has been under construction since 1937.

Lefkowitz Building Not Safe Until Landmarked

SAVED BUT STILL NOT PROTECTED Yesterday, the Daily News broke that the Louis J. Lefkowitz Building (80 Centre Street) would be spared by the City as a potential new jail site, and now the Mayor is eyeing an enlargement of the Tombs, instead.  The City determined that it would be too complicated and costly to […]

Watch our Preservation School Classes Online

Preservation School is a series of classes that illuminate the essentials of historic preservation. The classes are designed to cover the basics over four sessions to give participants an overall understanding of such topics as land use planning and building types in New York City, and instruct hands-on skills, including how to read architectural drawings […]

Casa Latina, a House of Heritage in East Harlem

HDC’s Spanish Language Fellow, Diego Robayo, documents life throughout the city’s boroughs with photographs and interviews of significant Latino cultural heritage. Research on Casa Latina and other Latino landmarks across the city was made possible by the support of the New York Community Trust. This article was also published in the Manhattan Times and in This is The Bronx […]