DOT on Paving: Belgian Blocks will not be removed!

Toward Accessible Historic Streetscapes   In August 2017, HDC released the first of its kind report about historic paving in New York City. First responding to our report, Crain’s released a story the following Monday morning stating that the beloved Belgian blocks were to be “ripped out.” This began a frenzy of reporting from Brownstoner, […]

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 […]


Everything Old Is New Again: Conversions of Historic Properties in Lower Manhattan Historic properties are being reimagined and preserved through significant new investment and changes in use. These projects show that preser­vation and economic development can be powerful partners. As new office space comes online across the district, historic former office buildings are being converted […]