The Historic Districts Council of New York City will host a guided walking tour of Mosholu Parkland in The Bronx on December 9th. The tour will explore the Parkway’s landscape and delve into its history, tracing back to the original inhabitants. [Read more…] about The Bronx’s Mosholu Parkland: A Walking Tour
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Steinway Village in Astoria, Queens was developed by William Steinway in ca. 1870. The community was intended to be a kind of Socialist utopia where his employees could simultaneously live in a rural, bucolic neighborhood and next to the Steinway & Sons factory. [Read more…] about Steinway Village: A Socialist Utopia in NYC
An 1829 farmhouse at 1213 Clove Road, Sunnyside, one of the few surviving structures on Staten Island associated with early Vanderbilt family history, could be surrounded by a new housing development.
Constructed at a time when Staten Island was rapidly evolving from an isolated rural area to a community populated by new development the John King Vanderbilt House is a survivor of this transitional period. [Read more…] about 1829 Vanderbilt House on Staten Island Faces Development Pressure
The Historic Districts Council of New York City is a consulting party to the Section 106 Historic Review Process for proposed Link5G Towers.
This summer, CityBridge, the private contractor installing 32-foot tall 5G towers, sought to begin the review process. [Read more…] about Preservationists Reviewing Siting for Thousands of 5G Towers
Around the middle of the 20th century, the area east of Third Avenue between Houston and 14th Streets in New York City began a transformation from what it had long been — a working-class immigrant neighborhood — to a unique, exhilarating, and sometimes dangerous one teeming with artists, oddballs, provocateurs, and future icons. [Read more…] about Artists, Oddballs & Provocateurs: The East Village Since 1950
The Happy Land Memorial is dedicated to the 87 people who lost their lives in the Happy Land Social Club Fire at 1959 Southern Boulevard in the South Bronx, on March 25, 1990. It is the deadliest fire in New York City since the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which coincidentally occurred on the same day in 1911. [Read more…] about The Happy Land Memorial & The Garifuna in the South Bronx
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. [Read more…] about The Future of Vulnerable NYC Historic Buildings
Since the groundbreaking NYC Landmarks Law was passed in 1965, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has designated 157 landmarked historic districts throughout the city. Some are quite large, encompassing a neighborhood, others are made up of only several buildings. Some have had extensions added over the years, protecting more buildings. Brooklyn currently has 45 historic districts. [Read more…] about A Historic Districts of Brooklyn Virtual Tour
In partnership with The Kew Gardens Improvement Association and the Kew Gardens Preservation Alliance, the Historic Districts Council of New York City (HDC) will host a walking tour of Kew Gardens in Queens, one of HDC’s 2023 Six to Celebrate neighborhoods. [Read more…] about A Walking Tour of NYC’s Kew Gardens
The Historic Districts Council (HDC) has announced its Six to Celebrate, an annual listing of historic New York City neighborhoods that merit preservation attention. Six to Celebrate is New York’s only citywide list of preservation priorities. [Read more…] about New York City Historic Districts Council Names ‘Six to Celebrate’