When a demolition permit was filed for the landmarked house at 14 Gay Street in New York City in late 2022, it made local news and headlines, went viral on social media, and had many from inside and outside of the preservation world asking why and how this could happen.
This inspired conversations about the meaning of historic preservation to community character, culture, and identity, and to the historic fabric of the City.
A recent Advocacy project from the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine,” explores this case study and nine others from across New York City.
On Tuesday, September 5th, MAS and the Historic Districts Council of New York City (HDC) will present a conversation about the protection and preservation of vulnerable historic buildings across the five boroughs.
Nine case studies plus other vulnerable historic spaces will be explored along with a discussion of the the Landmark Preservation Commission’s (LPC) Vulnerable Historic Buildings Action Plan. The conversation will be moderated by Frampton Tolbert (HDC) and feature the following panelists: Valerie Jo Bradley (Save Harlem Now!), Andrea Goldwyn (Landmarks Conservancy), John Weiss (LPC), and Edmund Meade (Silman).
This event will be held at the Sixth Street Community Center, 638 East 6th Street in Manhattan, on Tuesday, September 5, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Time will be allotted for questions. Following the program, there will be light refreshments.
This event is co-organized with the Municipal Art Society, with additional support from Lower East Side Preservation Initiative. The cost is $5 with code HDC5 through the online registration here.
Photo: The Meatpacking District in Chelsea, with Gansevoort Market Rowhouses in the background (Photo by Flickr user beanhead4529).