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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.”

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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.

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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.


Conratulations Team!

Gold Winner: 2012 Brick in Architecture Awards Project: 38 Gramercy Park North Residential – Multi-Family

38 Gramercy Park North

New York, New York

Architect: Scott Henson Architect LLC

Builder: Viles Contracting

Manufacturer: The McAvoy Brick Company

Mason Contractor: Viles Contracting

Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek

View Photo Gallery, Click here.

Award: Gold Award
Sub-Category: Residential - Multi Family
Entry Name: 38 Gramercy Park North
Project City: New York
Project State: New York
General Project Overview: 38 Gramercy Park North, a 5-story co-op building just outside New York City’s Gramercy Park Historic District was originally constructed in the mid-1800s as three separate buildings. In the early 1920s it was converted into a single structure and re-clad in a Neo-Tudor style façade. In 2007 the co-op hired Scott Henson Architect LLC to restore the exterior of the building which had fallen into disrepair. Once inspections commenced however, it became clear that the facade’s half-timber and stucco cladding were beyond salvage. After careful consideration of several options, the architect decided to re-clad the building in a new brick and cast stone façade reminiscent of its 3 predecessors.
Green Building: The preservation, re-use, and recycling of historic buildings is an effective tool for the sustainable stewardship of our environmental resources, including those resources that have already been expended in their construction. The use of new clay facebrick at 38 Gramercy Park North accomplished the project goal of a unified façade while permitting the re-use of the three original buildings substructure, preserving much of the embodied energy of the materials used for their construction. Through this approach, the project embodies some of the most beneficial green strategies in building construction and reinforces the importance and value of historic preservation in sustainability.
Architect Firm Name: Scott Henson Architect LLC
Builder Name: Viles Contracting
Brick Manufacturer Name: The McAvoy Brick Company
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Photographer Name: Jack Kucy
Photographer Name: Joe Polowczuk
Additional Credits: Structural Engineer Phillip Murray Gilsanz Murray Steficek 129 West 27th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10001 (212) 254-0030 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2012 Brick in Architecture Awards Competition Announces Winners

2012 Brick in Architecture Award Winners - Photo Gallery

2012 Brick in Architecture Award Winners - Complete List

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs - the Brick in Architecture Awards. As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry. As such, the Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick. Architectural and design firms from around the country can enter their best material to be judged by a jury of their peers. Any work of residential or non-residential architecture completed within the last five years, in which brick is the dominant building material, is eligible.

Our competitions are conducted entirely online. For ease and convenience, this includes all aspects of registration and entry submission. Entrants are able to revise and enhance their submissions at any point up until the competition's closing date. A firm may submit multiple entries if desired, either within the same category or among multiple categories.

We cordially invite you to submit your best work to the competition! As the largest and most prestigious juried awards program of its kind, the Brick in Architecture Awards showcase the best work in clay face and paving brick from architects across the country in the following categories: • Commercial * • Educational / Schools ** • Health Care Facilities • House of Worship • Municipal / Government / Civic • Residential – Single Family • Residential – Multi-Family • Paving & Landscape Architecture * Includes retail, banking, restaurants, hotels, office/corporate buildings, town centers, mixed use, sporting facilities, theater/arts centers, parking garages, etc. ** Includes residence halls & academic/administrative buildings Best in Class winners will receive national recognition through a special Brick in Architecture insert in the November 2012 issue of Architect Magazine! Other winners will be listed in the insert as well as in Brick News Online. All entrants will be featured on BIA’s Brick Photo Gallery.

Conservancy Hosts 22nd Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The New-York Historical Society Some 450 people packed The New-York Historical Society on April 25 to applaud an impressive list of Moses winners from across the City. They ranged from a Brooklyn church that painstakingly refinished its Renaissance Revival sanctuary, to Edgar Allen Poe’s Cottage in the Bronx, to the Central Park Police Precinct, where the facades of a historic stable complex have been cleaned and restored and a new canopy roof has added additional space for precinct functions.

Acclaimed preservation architect John Belle received the Preservation Leadership Award while Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin received the Public Leadership Award. The coveted awards, nicknamed the “Preservation Oscars,” laud outstanding preservation work. They are named for Lucy Goldschmidt Moses, a dedicated New Yorker whose generosity benefited the City for more than 50 years. The Awards have recognized over 200 individuals, organizations and building owners for their extraordinary contributions to the City.

“This is one of the most joyous occasions for us at the Conservancy because we get to celebrate the people and projects that maintain the City’s extraordinary architectural heritage,” said Peg Breen, president of the Conservancy. “The time and care that went into completing these projects demonstrate New Yorkers’ commitment to preserving the entire range of the City’s historic architecture.” John Belle, FAIA, a founding partner of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP, received the Preservation Leadership Award for his work in helping New Yorkers see the great urban spaces all around them, waiting to be discovered, restored, and reused, including the South Street Seaport, Grand Central Terminal, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

In a career that has spanned over 40 years, he has received three Presidential Design Awards, the nation’s highest design award for public architecture. He joined the Conservancy Board in 1985, served two years as President of the Board, and is now a member of the Conservancy’s Advisory Council. Council Members Lander and Levin received a shared Public Leadership Award for the courage they showed in upholding the City’s Landmarks law and facing down harsh opposition to the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, Brooklyn.

The Banner Building is mentioned in the video with Peg Breen.

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