NYC Carnegie Libraries National Register District

In 2020 the Historic Districts Council was successful in creating a thematic State and National Register Historic District for all the Carnegie Libraries in New York City. This is important not only because of the historical research but because it provides a variety of incentives for the libraries: they ware now eligible for special funding […]

“A Proven Success: How the New York City Landmarks Law and Process Benefit the City”

Report Assesses Value of Landmark Preservation 50 Years After Passage of New York City Landmarks Law Rebuts Claims From Real Estate Board of New York as Self-Serving A Proven Success – CECPP Report Opening Letter from HDC President Leo Blackman A new report shows how landmark designation by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission positively […]


BEYOND BRICKS AND MORTAR Rethinking Sites of Cultural History Report of a Symposium held at Riverside Church in New York City on October 1, 2018 First Edition, 2020 Section 1: INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL LANDMARKS Traditionally, preservation has focused mainly on architectural merit, but recently attention has been drawn to sites of cultural importance, which are […]


REPORT PREPARED FOR HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL SEPTEMBER 2014 PREPARED BY: JACQUELINE PEU-DUVALLON PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR   PROJECT DESCRIPTION At the request of the Historic Districts Council, and with funding from the Preservation League of New York State, Jacqueline Peu-Duvallon Historic Preservation Consulting, LLC, completed a reconnaissance survey of historic resources in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The survey […]

Analysis: How do the Mayors stack up?

Setting the agenda for a new Landmarks Chair As regular readers are aware, Mayor de Blasio is currently on the hunt for a new Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. There is much discussion about the qualities a Landmarks Chair should posses:  demonstrable commitment to historic buildings, good understanding of city government, respect for the […]

Affordable Housing and Historic Districts

Affordable housing dominates New York City’s public policy discourse. And for years, it’s been used as a tool to attack historic preservation efforts. Until now. The Historic Districts Council engaged an independent housing and planning consultant to analyze the data and get the facts. Funded by the New York Community Trust, the result is the […]

The Historic Districts Council Analysis of The Real Estates Board of New York’s ‘Housing Production on NYC Landmark Properties’ Study

  HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL June 2014 Volume 11, Number 5 —————————————————————————————————— The Historic Districts Council Analysis of The Real Estates Board of New York’s ‘Housing Production on NYC Landmark Properties’ Study The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is at it again! To welcome new LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan on her first day, the trade association and […]


(Why landmarks and historic districts are good for NYC!)   FICTION:Too much of the city is off limits to development and construction. FACT:Only 3.6% of NYC is protected by landmark designation. This means that 96.4% of the city is unrestricted by any landmarks regulation. FACT: The Landmarks Preservation Commission and its staff spend the vast majority […]