“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 […]

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 […]