Six to Celebrate Neighborhood Talks

The Historic Districts Council Presents
Six to Celebrate Neighborhood Talks

Location:The Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street in Manhattan.

This events are free and open to the public, reservations are required.
To RSVP for any and/or all talks, please call 212-614-9107 ext. 10 or e-mail

Thursday, September 15th, 6:00pm
Defining an Historic District: Inwood, Manhattan
Presenters: Pat Courtney and Cole Thompson, Volunteers for Isham Park

Inwood, at the very northern tip of Manhattan, combines striking geography of hills and views with notable architecture that includes significant Art-Deco apartment buildings, Tudor Revival houses and unique features such as the 215th Street Steps, the Seaman-Drake Arch and the historic Isham Park. However very little of the neighborhood’s historic buildings are protected or even officially acknowledged. Pat Courtney and Cole Thompson will discuss the development of Inwood and the neighborhood’s efforts to preserve its unique geology, history and architecture.

Monday, October 17, 6:00pm
Jackson Heights, Queens

Presenter: Daniel Karatzas, Jackson Heights Beautification Group
Jackson Heights is New York City’s first planned neighborhood of “garden apartments” and “garden homes”. These airy, light-filled residences, combined with commercial and institutional buildings, provided an attractive environment for middle-class families to live in when it was developed in the early 20th century, and it still does today. Hidden from public view, many of the original interior courtyards remain treasured gardens ordinarily accessible only to residents. Daniel Karatzas, author of Jackson Heights: A Garden in the City, will present the development history and JHBG’s campaign to extend the historic district.

“Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City.” (Link to

Monday, November 7, 6:00pm
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Presenters: Suzanne Spellen and Morgan Munsey, columnists

The Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood contains an astonishing number of architecturally, historically and culturally significant structures, including rowhouses, mansions, religious buildings, and schools dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Although there are currently two designated historic districts in the area, the vast majority of Bedford Stuyvesant’s architectural splendor is unprotected. The recently-formed Bedford Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation, a coalition of concerned neighborhood block associations, and the landmarks committee of Brooklyn Community Board 3 are working to correct that and will be on hand to answer questions about their campaign.

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30pm
The Bowery, Manhattan

Presenter: David Mulkins, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors

The Bowery is one of Manhattan’s oldest thoroughfares, stretching from Cooper Square to Chatham Square. The area has a fascinatingly rich history, ranging from a fashionable shopping and residential neighborhood at the end of the 18th century, to a bustling center of dry goods, hardware and other specialty stores, to an entertainment mecca and later the notorious “skid row” in the 20th century. In recent years, the mix of historic structures along the street has been threatened by high-rise development.

Reserve your place today!
To RSVP, please call 212-614-9107 ext. 10 or e-mail

Six to Celebrate is generously supported by The New York Community Trust.

Additional support for the Six to Celebrate Tours is provided by New York City Councilmembers Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez.

Posted Under: Six to Celebrate, The Politics of Preservation

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