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From the Neighborhoods

Windows on the Bowery 7.21.2016Originally a Native American footpath and Dutch farm road, the Bowery stretches 1.25 miles from Chatham Square to Cooper Square. Washington marched down the Bowery after the British evacuation and Lincoln’s anti-slavery speech at Cooper Union propelled him to the presidency. It saw America’s first streetcars, first free college, and NYC’s first free Black settlement. An early social hub for the working class, gangs, gays and immigrant Irish, Italians, Chinese, Jews and Germans, it has important links to baseball, tap dance, tattoo, Yiddish theater, vaudeville, the Astor family, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin and Harry Houdini.

A long-time home to rescue missions and affordable jewelry, lighting and restaurant supply districts, its artists’ community helped foster Abstract Expressionism, Beat Literature, and punk rock. Though listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this architecturally diverse streetscape is one of the city’s most endangered historic treasures.

Wednesday, August 10, 6:00PM:  Advocacy in a Changing Lower East Side

Join us for a tour of some of the highlights of one of Manhattan’s most historic and storied neighborhoods, the Lower East Side! The area has been experiencing rapid change in the form of large-scale development projects over the last decade. In the seeming blink of an eye, entire blocks have been demolished, leaving gaping holes in the landscape, while individual tenements have been replaced with glassy new condo buildings. Yet, its character-defining tenement architecture still exhibits the Lower East Side’s illustrious past as a dense immigrant enclave of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. To save a representative piece of this historic tableau, advocates have been working hard to preserve sections of the neighborhood so that its story might live on through its physical fabric. The tour will include the intact areas that are the subject of preservation focus, but will also explore its changing landscape.

Friends/ Seniors $10
General Admission $20

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Thursday, July 7 at 6:00PM: Scaling the Heights: Morningside Heights’ East Side

The Morningside Heights Historic District Committee has long been advocating for a historic district in the neighborhood. To help this effort, HDC selected the area as one of its Six to Celebrate in 2012. With some very exciting new developments bolstering and reinvigorating the cause, the Committee and HDC invite you to join us for a walking tour of this beautiful Manhattan hilltop. Led by architectural historian and preservation consultant Gregory Dietrich, this walking tour will explore the east side of Morningside Heights, encompassing its early apartment houses, row houses, and institutions situated within the vicinity of Morningside Park.

Friends/ Seniors $10
General Admission $20


Thursday, June 23 at 6:00PM: Crown Heights South, part 1

Saturday, June 25 at 10:00AM: Crown Heights South, part 2

Crown Heights South, on the southern side of Eastern Parkway, has fascinating streetscapes and a great history. Sandwiched between the 19th century communities of Bedford and Flatbush, Crown Heights South developed primarily between 1900 and 1930 as a fine residential neighborhood with a unique mixture of mansions, rowhouses and apartment buildings. Mixed in are large, important educational institutions, an armory, theaters, and on its southern border, the site of Ebbetts Field and the remains of one of the area’s most popular breweries. Bedford Avenue, once famous as Brooklyn’s Automobile Row, bisects the neighborhood, and forms a boundary for our two-part tour. Part One features the mansions of Doctor’s Row, fine rowhouse blocks, apartment building and cultural institutions. Part Two takes us to the western end of the neighborhood, where big buildings abound. The tours will be led by Suzanne Spellen, a recipient of a 2015 Historic Districts Council Grassroots Award and the writer of the “Montrose Morris” columns on Brownstoner.com.

Friends/ Seniors $10
General Admission $20


Thursday, June 16 at 6:00PM: How Audubon Park Disrupted Manhattan’s Grid

The distinctive footprint that disrupts Manhattan’s grid west of Broadway between 155th and 158th Streets—the Audubon Park Historic District—did not come about by accident or from the demands of local topography. It unfolded from careful planning and alliances among like-minded property owners, whose social and political connections ensured that when progress swept up Manhattan’s west side, they would benefit. Take a leisurely walk with local historian Matthew Spady through the architectural gems in today’s Audubon Park Historic district and the proposed expansion area and learn about the Grinnell family, who controlled this neighborhood’s rapid evolution from suburb to city at the turn of the twentieth century.

Friends/ Seniors $10
General Admission $20


Saturday, June 4 at 10:00AM: East New York

East New York has certainly been the talk of the town lately, as the City moves forward to rezone the neighborhood, along with 14 others. However, East New York is also known for its rich and somewhat troubled history.  Join Farrah Lafontant, long-term resident of East New York and member of Preserving East New York, the newly formed civic group working to preserve the neighborhood’s built heritage, as she leads us on a journey to learn why East New York has always been a neighborhood with great moxie! The tour will begin at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church and include visits to a Magistrates Court, the former site of the East New York Savings Bank, Maxwell’s Bakery and the Borden Dairy Company factory complex, which was recently placed on the Landmarks Commission’s calendar for potential landmark status.

Friends/ Seniors $10
General Admission $20

 

 

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