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
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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’
The Historic Districts Council of NYC will host a virtual program about “The Legacy of the Former ‘Colored’ School No. 4,” a 19th-century Black heritage site in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, on Tuesday, March 7th. [Read more…] about The Legacy of Manhattan’s ‘Colored’ School No. 4 in Chelsea
Jeffrey Kroessler, a longtime board member of the Historic Districts Council (HDC) in New York City, preservationist, author, and historian, passed away on Sunday, February 5th at the age of 71.
Kroessler served on HDC’s boards of directors and advisers for 36 years, helping to craft the organization’s advocacy strategies and educational programs on preservation across the city. [Read more…] about Remembering Historian, Preservationist Jeffrey Kroessler (1952-2023)
In December the Historic District Council of New York City held a press conference at City Hall decrying the recent spate of demolition of landmarked properties and properties under consideration for landmark status, across the five boroughs.
They are now gathering information on buildings at risk of demolition throughout the city, in order to better understand the scope of the problem. [Read more…] about NYC Survey To Identify Historic Buildings At Risk Underway
The Historic Districts Council (HDC) will host “Parkchester: A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity,” a virtual conversation about Parkchester, one of HDC’s 2022 Six to Celebrate, with Yeshiva University professor, Jeffrey Gurock, set for Thursday, January 19th. [Read more…] about Parkchester: A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity