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 […]

Frick Expansion Correction

More about the Frick Expansion Last week, HDC issued a statement opposing the proposed expansion to The Frick Collection based on our concerns that the proposal would destroy the design intent of Thomas Hastings’ residential composition and John Russell Pope’s graceful museum transformation and create an institutional environment at the museum, which would be antithetical […]

Six to Celebrate Feature: Madison Square North

 E-BULLETIN OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL September 2014, Volume 11, Number 4 MADISON SQUARE NORTH, MANHATTAN     The area immediately north of Madison Square Park has experienced many waves of development since the park opened in 1847. This layered history is still clearly seen when surveying the area’s historic architecture, which mostly dates to between […]

Leo J. Blackman Appointed Historic Districts Council’s President

   The Historic Districts Council, the advocate for New York City’s historic neighborhoods, is pleased to announce the election of Leo J. Blackman as the new board president. Mr. Blackman has a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University with an emphasis on Historic Preservation and has over twenty-five years of experience in architectural design and […]

LPC Approves Apthorp Rooftop Additions

 E-BULLETIN OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL August 2014, Volume 11, Number 2 LPC Approves Apthorp Rooftop Additions A revised proposal for rooftop additions to the Apthorp was approved unanimously on August 12, 2014, by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). The Apthorp is a NYC Individual Landmark, designed by architects Clinton & Russell and completed in […]

Tear Down the Chrysler Building?

City Land Commentary  •  Anthony C. Wood Over 50 years ago New York City was losing its beloved landmarks (Pennsylvania Station, the Brokaw Mansion, the Savoy-Plaza being only a few on that long list) and facing the bleak prospect of losing even more. Finally after decades of civic advocacy, creative thinking, and painful losses, there was enough […]

Articles and Media Coverage: Preservation and the Battle to Preserve It

Press Articles on the Proposed Landmarks Reforms My Rules for Thee, But Not for Me: The City Destroys a City-Owned Landmark: by Jeffrey A. Kroessler,April 16, 2015 Historic preservation saved New York City: 50 years after the passages of a landmark law, celebrate its legacy: by Jeffrey A. Kroessler, April 19, 2015 Demolition freeze may cover 80% of the city: […]