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Property was home to gay-rights pioneers and, later, to a Beastie Boy October 09, 2012 02:00PM  

From left: 186 Spring Street and Robert Tierney of the LPC In the week since demolition began at 186 Spring Street — the townhouse purchased by Canadian developer Nordica from Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz to build a seven-story condominium — allegations of homophobia are emerging over the redevelopment of the gay-rights landmark, the New York Observer reported. In the 1970s and 1980s, the property housed prominent gay-rights activists, such as Bruce Voeller, Arnie Kantrowitz and Jim Owles. The Landmarks Preservation Commission denied the pleas of preservationists to landmark the property and keep it from redevelopment.

Allen Roskoff, who was Jim Owles’ partner for many years, told the Observer, “What they did was homophobic … not only do I consider it an act against the movement, I consider it an act against me personally.” But the LPC counters that over the years it has landmarked other gay-rights landmarks as they are part of larger historic districts, such as the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village Historic District. The LPC has never approved applications to landmark individual properties within existing historic districts. In addition, the LPC argued, the influence of 186 Spring Street’s on the movement was not central, but peripheral.


East Village–Lower East Side Historic District approved by Landmarks

October 09, 2012 03:30PM  

From left: 59 East 2nd Street and 32 Second Avenue (buildings credit: PropertyShark)

The Landmarks Preservation Commission today approved slightly modified version of the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, according to a press release issued by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. The territory covers 330 buildings across 15 blocks bounded by Avenue A and the Bowery and St. Mark’s Place and 2nd Street. According to the release, the historic district was expanded to include structures such as the Russian Orthodox Cathedral at 59 East 2nd Street and the Magistrate’s Court at 32 Second Avenue, which now operates as the Anthology Film Archives.  As Crain’s reported earlier today, other structures in the district include the firmer Fillmore East concert venue and the German Evangelical Lutheran Church. The landmarking came as an effort made by preservation groups to preserve the character of the East Village. The decision comes as NYU will expand its campus just west of the district. — Zachary Kussin


Designation of a swath of the area will preserve 330 buildings, including the former home of the legendary Filmore East. Decision could crimp New York University's expansion plans.

By Andrew J. Hawkins @andyjayhawk

October 9, 2012 1:38 p.m.

Andrew Berman, director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, cheered the creation of a new historic district Tuesday.

Updated: October 9, 2012 4:22 p.m.

The Landmarks Commission voted Tuesday to designate a new historic district comprising 330 buildings in the Lower East Side and the East Village. The decision comes as New York University, just to the west of the new historic district, looks to expand its footprint in the area. In fact, led by NYU, development in the neighborhood has picked up. The school recently won City Council approval to build a host of new buildings and dormitories south and west of Washington Square Park. Preservationists say the new district will help slow a possible eastward expansion by the university. Most of the buildings in the district will be along Second Avenue and the adjacent side streets, between East Second and East Seventh streets. The district will include gems like the former Fillmore East concert space on Second Avenue and East Sixth Street; the neighborhood's last surviving tenement synagogue; the German Evangelical Lutheran Church; and St. Stanislaus, a Russian Orthodox church. Second Avenue was once the focus of the area's vibrant Jewish community and was known as the "Yiddish Rialto" for the number of Yiddish-language theaters along its lower lengths. Preservationists say the district will also go a long way toward helping protect many of the mid-19th century row houses and other buildings in the neighborhood.

"There's just an incredible range of buildings and sites that have this wonderfully rich connection to the East Village's history, first as an immigrant destination, and then as a mecca for artists and musicians in the latter half of the 20th century," said Andrew Berman, director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. The vote is not a direct response to NYU's expansion but will help preserve buildings that could have been targeted for future development, Mr. Berman said. "NYU is just one small piece of the puzzle," he said. "As huge as they are, they've just sort of nibbled at the edges of this area." Phillip Lentz, a spokesman for the university, said the commission’s vote would have no impact on their expansion plans. “The foundation of the NYU 2031 expansion plan is that the university intends to provide for its future growth primarily by building on its own property, which is what the recent ULURP action approved by the City Council permits,” Mr. Lentz said. “We made this decision in order to minimize the impact on our neighbors and because much of the property in our community is already protected against future development.”

Read more: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20121009/POLITICS/121009889#ixzz28q7FbKD7

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When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10

Where: At The Center

Join us for the exhibition reception for Design by New York, the AIA New York Chapter's annual members show, on view in the West 4th Street subway station October 8 to November 4, 2012. Visit the show as you arrive at West 4th Street, then come to the Center for refreshments.

Cost: Free

Location: Center for Architecture, Hines Gallery Exhibition is organized by the AIA New York Chapter. On view in the West 4th Street subway station October 8 to November 4, 2012. A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2012.


EAST VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT APPROVED! 330-Building Landmark District Takes Immediate Effect; Landmark & Zoning Protections Help Preserve Neighborhood,
But More Work Still To Be Done
Dear Friend,   I want to share with you the wonderful news that the proposed East Village Historic District was just approved with slight modifications by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, taking immediate effect!  Three hundred thirty 19th and early 20th century buildings between the Bowery and Avenue A, St. Mark's Place and 2nd Street, now enjoy landmark protections -- view map of original district HERE and images of some of the buildings HERE.  This is a very significant advance over the two small historic districts and several individual landmarkswhich were the previous extent of landmark protections in the East Village.  I want to thank the elected officials, community and preservation groups, and the hundreds of people who wrote and testified in favor of these designations - today's victory would not have been possible without you!  I also want to thank everyone who supported the efforts by GVSHP and our fellow community and preservation groups in getting the City to expand the proposed historic district last year.  
Congregation Mezritch Synagogue at 415 East 6th Street.

The new East Village Historic District includes many key sites which GVSHP and our allies have fought to landmark and preserve: Congregation Mezritch Synagogue at 415 East 6th Street, the East Village's last remaining tenement synagogue, which came very close to demolition in 2008; the Russian Orthodox Cathedral at 59 East 2nd Street, for which plans had been filed to build a condo-tower above; Community Synagogue at 323 East 6th Street, built in 1847 as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, from which many of the General Slocum Disaster victims came; and 101 Avenue A, an elaborately-detailed late 19th century tenement with a ground-floor gathering space that was the site of labor rallies in the 19th century and the groundbreaking Pyramid Club in the late 20th century.  Thanks also go to the Preservation League of NY State and the NY State Council on the Arts. In 2008, they awarded GVSHP a grant to assist with our research on the history of every building in the East Village. That research was key in our advocacy for expanding and securing today's East Village Historic District, and the research was used by the Landmarks Preservation Commission itself in their documentation of the area.   Today's landmark designation follows the rezoning of almost the entire East Village in 2008 and 2010, an effort spearheaded by community groups including GVSHP, the Community Board and Councilmember Mendez. The rezonings have helped tremendously to prevent out-of-scale high-rise development, especially ofdorms and hotels, and to encourage preservation of existing buildings. Read more in GVSHP's report Keeping In Character: A Look at the Impacts of Recent Community-Initiated Rezonings in the East Village.   Landmark designation will go a long way towards ensuring that historic buildings are preserved, while allowing necessary changes and reasonable in-character additions and new development.  Tax breaks are available for restoration work on privately-owned historic buildings and grants and loans for non-profits and religious institutions, which GVSHP can assist in seeking.  

The landmarks law's hardship provision ensures that owners who cannot afford to maintain their building, and non-profits that find landmarks requirements financially prohibitive or interferes with fulfillment of their mission, are not forced to abide by any requirements which they cannot fulfill. However, because private and non-profit owners generally thrive under landmark designation, this provision is rarely necessary or used.   While today's vote is significant progress, the effort to preserve the East Village is far from over. Today's designation covers only a fraction of the neighborhood, as the Landmarks Preservation Commission only considered buildings within the southwestern quadrant of the neighborhood, south of St. Mark's Place and west of Avenue A. GVSHP will be working with fellow community and preservation groups, local elected officials, and the Community Board to advocate for expanded landmark protections throughout the East Village.   Thank you for your help and support in making today's designation possible! To learn more about East Village preservation efforts, click HERE, and to support this or other work of GVSHP, click HERE.  

 Andrew Berman 
Executive Director

The exhibition opened last Saturday, October 1st in the West 4th Street Subway Station and it looks great! The exhibition includes all of the over 200 entries and will be on view for the month of October. There will also be a reception on October 19th—more details to come shortly.

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter presents New York New Work. The AIA New York Chapter (AIANY), founded in 1857, is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter's members include over 4,500 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development. New York New York presents the scope and quality of work being done by AIA New York Chapter members across the globe. The projects lining these ramps are large and small, public and private, commercial and residential, interiors and facades, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, restoration and urban design.





New York New Work is presented as part of Archtober, the inagural month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City. www.archtober.org

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2011 Subway Exhibition

Building on the success of our past subway exhibitions, the AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture will open New York New Work in October of 2011 at the West 4th Street subway station.

In an effort to show the range of design ideas generated by AIA New York Chapter members during our economic down-turn, this year’s call includes un-built competition entries, theoretical projects and design research, in addition to commissioned projects around the world by Chapter members. New York New Work solicits works of all scales and types – small, large, commercial, residential, public, private, interiors, historic preservation, engineering, landscape and urban design – presenting the scope and quality of work being done by AIA New York Chapter members across the globe.

This highly visible exhibition will offer a snapshot of current practice and celebrate the diversity of the Chapter’s membership. AIA New York Chapter members are invited to participate by submitting up to four (4) projects for display in the subway station for the month of October. In addition to the work exhibited in the subway station, all entrants will be included in an online gallery on the Chapter's website (with links to their websites). New York New Work will be promoted as part of Archtober, a month-long festival of architectural activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City, organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with other institutions, including the Cooper-Hewitt, Design Trust for Public Space, openhousenewyork and many others.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

October 8 - November 4, 2012


2012 Subway Show Building on the success of our past subway exhibitions, the AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture will open Design by New York in October of 2012 at the West 4th Street subway station. This year we are offering three image formats and sizes; with these new options members can submit images of supertall towers and panoramic landscapes! Click here for more details

Exciting News!

We received the Lucy Moses Preservation Award from The New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation efforts, for the Engelhardt Addition of the Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory. Find out more about our project here. The Awards ceremony will be at Williamsburgh Savings Bank – 175 Broadway, Brooklyn (an Award winner) on Tuesday, May 6, starting at 6:00pm, with a reception starting at around 7:00.  

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WHEN: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Check-in: 6:00 Ceremony: 6:30 Reception: 7:30

WHERE: Williamsburgh Savings Bank – 175 Broadway, Brooklyn
Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets or contact Jenna Smith 212.995.5260 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has been a leader in preserving, restoring, and reusing New York City’s architectural legacy for 40 years. The Moses Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation work. Named in honor of dedicated New Yorker Lucy G. Moses, the annual Awards have recognized hundreds of leaders, organizations, architects, crafts people and building owners for their extraordinary contributions in preserving our City. Preservation Awards are given to projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation, or adaptive use of historic buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes that preserve commercial, residential, institutional, religious, and public buildings. The Conservancy is grateful for the generous support of the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund. The Preservation Leadership Award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual in the field of historic preservation. Past honorees include Ruth Abram, Wint Aldrich, Tony Avella, Kent Barwick, John Belle, Simon Breines, Giorgio Cavaglieri, Kenneth Cobb, Stanley Cogan, Joan K. Davidson, Franny Eberhart, Kenneth K. Fisher, James Marston Fitch, Margot Gayle, Anne Van Ingen, Judith Kaye, Sarah Bradford Landau, Helen M. Marshall, Joan Maynard, Evelyn and Everett Ortner, Nancy and Otis Pratt Pearsall, Adolf K. Placzek, Jan Hird Pokorny, Henry Hope Reed, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Vincent Scully and Robert Silman.  

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Victorian Society Preservation Award 2013

Exciting news! The Board of the Victorian Society voted unanimously to award an acommendation for the renovation of the Banner Building. The Society's awards dinner will be held in St. Augustine, FL, on April 27.

Historic preservation was a founding principle of the Victorian Society in America - and since 1966 we have supported preservation efforts throughout the United States.