Preservation School – How to Research NYC Buildings

How to Research NYC Buildings This course delves into tools and strategies for researching buildings in NYC districts, including various repositories and document types. Learn the basics of how to investigate the origins and stories behind historic properties in order to make a strong case for the significance of your district and to present the […]

Preservation School – Preservation 101

Preservation 101 This introductory course will provide an overview of the various regulations and funding mechanisms that exist to protect historic buildings in NYC. The course will also outline the various organizations and entities that work to uphold and strengthen these mechanisms. (Instructor: Simeon Bankoff)

Preservation School – SUPERTALLS: So What?

This course will help students better understand this new typology that is dominating our neighborhoods and the future of the NYC skyline. By discussing history, policy, development, and advocacy, this class aims to provide the “short scoop on tall buildings”.  (Instructor: Sean Khorsandi) Click below to view the presentation  

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.