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Alliance Projects

Alice Austen House
Exhibition Opening/Open House, Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark, Saturday, March 14, 2-5. The Alice Austen House’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark, brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Austen House’s significance in New York City history and tells the fascinating story of the saving of the house from threatened destruction. Join us to celebrate the history and legacy of Clear Comfort with tours of the public and private spaces of the home. More info: http://aliceausten.org/exhibitions/becomingclearcomfort More »
American Scottish Foundation
The American-Scottish Foundation® is honored to have been invited to join the Landmarks 50 project and develop the fascinating history of THE SCOTS WHO BUILT NEW YORK'S LANDMARKS, chronicling the contribution of Scottish Americans to the building of New York. With research undertaken by historian and architect John Kinnear, ASF developed a photographic series of five talks (to date) exploring the huge contribution of Scottish Americans to the building of New York. The first ASF talk was on work of Charles Follen McKim, of the legendary McKim, Mead & White. The second talk was on John McComb, Jr. Followed by a third and fourth on the impact of the visionary Andrew Carnegie - and his legacy. ASF now reaches the Modern Day - and the fifth talk on The Modernists is scheduled for July 21st 2016 at the Arsenal Central Park. ASF has now looked at the impact of 300 years of the Scottish-American architecture in the developing of New York. We hope to preserve our research by developing a Book and or a walking tour App. We have been asked to expand the project into the Scots Who Built Americas Great Cities. More »
Art Deco Society of New York
In commemoration of the New York City Landmarks 50th Anniversary, The Art Deco Society of New York is developing the New York Art Deco Registry, which compiles Art Deco Buildings through out the five boroughs. By April 2015, the Deco Registry will feature more than 250 buildings with commentary, photos and links to Landmark Reports for those buildings with Landmark status. This ongoing Deco Registry will be a valuable resource to scholars, visitors and all New Yorkers who treasure New York's Art Deco heritage. The Art Deco society will also offer an event entitled Art Deco Landmarks: Unlikely Battles and Great Success Stories on Sunday, April 19, with a bus tour of Art Deco landmarks. The tour will be given by Anthony W. Robins, the former Deputy Director of Research and Director of Survey at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and author of the forthcoming guide to New York’s Art Deco architecture. The tour will feature Art Deco landmarks in all five boroughs that are of unquestioned importance now, but were more controversial in their day. We will visit some stunning restorations that include "saves" like the restored ceiling of the Empire State Building Lobby; Radio City Music Hall, who in the mid-70s was almost lost; the Chrysler Building, who was also almost lost in the late 70s; great residential buildings on Central Park West such as the Majestic and Eldorado who were saved although some Commissioners couldn’t see the point; The controversy of the Normandy's crashing windows; many buildings of the Grand Concourse, that took years to be designated Landmarks; the restored Marine Air Terminal; in addition to some of the "losses" or the Deco gems that have unfortunately been lost forever. More »
Apollo Theater
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Apollo Theater building a New York City landmark in 1983. As the year 2014 approaches and the Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th Anniversary as the premiere purveyor of African American music, entertainment and culture, it also looks to commemorate the theater building’s 100th year. Opening in 1914 as Hurtig & Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, the theater and its management had a unique role in integrating aspects of America’s evolving entertainment industry. As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Landmarks Law, the Apollo Theater looks to also focus attention to some of the theater’s lesser known history. In spring 2014, as part of the annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, the Apollo will celebrate its Latin music heritage. In fall 2014 for Open House NY weekend, the Theater looks forward to presenting its Hurtig & Seamon’s era legacy in the context of Harlem’s broader musical history of that period. More »
Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association
The Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (BBLA) will present guided tours of the Bohemian National Hall, a rare survival of an immigrant social hall dating from the late nineteenth century. The beautifully restored Renaissance Revival building, designated a New York City Landmark in 1994, now serves as a center of Czech culture, commerce, and government. The tours will be held on April 18th and May 2nd, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of New York City Landmarks Preservation Law. More »
Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
The Bowery Signage Project--Windows on the Bowery--was launched to great fanfare on July 5, 2016. This project celebrates the Bowery's remarkable place in American history and culture. Its 64 dynamic street posters illustrate the Bowery’s seminal links to tap dance, vaudeville, Yiddish theatre, Lincoln, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, baseball, Houdini, Abstract Expressionism, the Beats, jazz, punk rock, and so much more… The large-scale placards are installed at important addresses along the Bowery from Astor Place to Doyers Street. All 64 posters can be seen at the Cooper Union Foundation Building’s western windows and inside the landmark HSBC Bank at 58 Bowery. The exhibits at Cooper Union and the HSBC Bank will be in place through the summer. The individual installations posted in Bowery businesses are supposed to remain posted through next summer. This 3-year project involved the talents of eighteen writer/historians and the dynamic graphic design team at Cooper Union. Hundreds of images, each with a back-story, have been selected from vintage articles, photographs and postcards reflecting important people, events, achievements and architecture associated with particular addresses. All 64 posters can be seen on the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors website: www.boweryalliance.org. The launch of this project was broadcast on NY1 and written up in the following newspapers and blogs: The Villager, Metro New York, Bowery Boogie, The Lo-Down, Untapped Cities, The Irish Voice and World Journal: America's largest Chinese language newspaper. More »
Bowne House
Bowne House, circa 1661, is the oldest surviving structure in Queens. It is an amalgam of both New World Dutch and Old English traditions of building. The significance of Bowne House lies in the events which took place there early in its history. John Bowne is known for his courageous defense of religious liberty. Bowne defied a ban imposed by Governor Peter Stuyvesant on the practice of religions other than the Dutch Reformed Church. He was arrested and deported to Holland, where he successfully argues his case before the Dutch West India Company. The principle of religious freedom was established in the colony. On October 10, 1945 Bowne House was dedicated as a “Shrine to Religious Freedom and Tolerance" by Senator William Mead on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the charter of the Town of Flushing. Bowne House will observe the 70th anniversary of this event and the 2015 anniversary of the landmarks law with a rededication ceremony on October 10, 2015, as a tribute to the contributions made by John Bowne and the signers of the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance in shaping the principle of freedom of conscience later incorporated in the First Amendment of the Constitution. More »
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Sunday, 9 March 2014, 11 a.m. Join HDC and 2013 HDC Landmarks Lion recipient Hugh Hardy, as we visit several Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) interiors and exteriors, which were renovated, restored and reused under Hardy’s guidance. Attendees will see the award-winning and unusual interior renovation of the BAM Harvey, discuss the exterior restoration at the Gilman Opera House and have a chance to view the new flexible theater spaces at BAM Fisher, itself an adaptation of a landmarked building. The tour will be followed by a discussion with Hardy and Sharon Lehner, archivist of BAM, about the history and evolution of the BAM cultural campus. More »
Brooklyn Historical Society
On October 15-17, 2014 at 7:30pm, Brooklyn Historical Society presents a workshop production of The Bridge, a new music theatre piece by Matt Marks and Liv Cummins, directed by Josh Chambers. As the Gothic towers of the Brooklyn Bridge are rising, Hart Crane is writing his epic poem ‘The Bridge’… and yet, these events are separated by 50 years. In this story, Crane becomes obsessed with the Bridge and its builder, history’s first female chief engineer, Emily Warren Roebling. We will be working with 10 principal actors and a 25-member chorus in and around the beautiful BHS building at 128 Pierrepont Street. The Bridge explores questions about art versus science, beauty versus function, and the ways in which past, present, and future are linked by bridges – both real and metaphorical. This workshop showcase leads to a full production and immersive theater events across the city in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law in 2015. Please visit http://www.thebridgemusical.webs.com for more information, or to become a partner on The Bridge. More »
Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education
The South Bronx Culture Trail was created by Casita Maria and Dancing in the Streets in order to preserve key moments in our community’s cultural history. As part of this initiative, we also produce an interactive map, educational curriculums and physical land markers acknowledging the Bronx Pioneers and pivotal places in arts and culture. More »
Central Park Conservancy
The Central Park Conservancy, charged with maintaining and operating one of the City's premiere scenic landmarks, is planning a series of events for spring 2014 that will focus on the Park as a landmark. The Conservancy, which offers exciting tours, lectures, and exhibits on a variety of Park-related themes, will offer specially-focused tours and talks that will explore Central Park as a scenic landmark that receives 40 million visits a year. More »
Chashama
chashama is developing a public service announcement/marquee campaign for the Landmark50 Anniversary in Times Square. Campaign 1 will run through April 1st-15th, 2014; and campaign 2 will run through April 1-30th in 2015. chashama is also proposing to activate its gallery spaces for Landmarks50 anniversary, and to have chashama studio artists create works to celebrate the anniversary. More »
City Parks Foundation
On Sunday, April 6, 2014, City Parks Foundation (CPF) will welcome thousands of runners to the Run for the Parks, our annual 4mile fundraiser in Central Park. This New York City Marathon-qualifying race has the distinction of being one of the largest one-day running events in Central Park and kicks off the running season in New York City. Produced in partnership with New York Road Runners, this event generates income to support CPF's free programs in parks across the five boroughs. More »
Columbia University Historic Preservation Program
The annual Fitch Symposium in 2015 will be devoted to the 50th Anniversary; in 2015, the journal Future Anterior, a peer reviewed scholarly journal, will also focus on this topic. More »
Community-Word Project
Students in CWP residencies will create a canvas mural celebrating lines from their Landmark Collaborative Poem. In addition, working with Poets House, we have created a Landmarks50 curriculum that will lead hundreds of NYC youth through the art and act of creating Landmark poetry lines. More »
CUNY TV
City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest urban university system in the country with 24 campuses in settings of beauty and inspiration. CUNY is the guardian of a rich collection of 24 important, architecturally-distinctive landmarked buildings that reflect and symbolize New York City’s magnificent architectural, educational, political and social history, designed by some of our nation's greatest architects. To honor the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance anniversary celebration, CUNY TV - the university's state-of-the-art television station - will produce a documentary featuring five of these evocative landmarks: Stanford White’s famous colonnaded Hall of Fame and late masterpiece Gould Memorial Library, both at Bronx Community College, the first community college campus to be designated a National Historic Landmark; George B. Post's iconic North Campus of City College; Charles A. Platt's Roosevelt House; Trowbridge & Livingston's CUNY Graduate Center, originally the much-loved B. Altman & Co. Department Store; and the Queens home of jazz genius Louis Armstrong, also a National Historic Landmark. Prominent New Yorkers, architects, and historians will offer insight and commentary. The documentary will be televised beginning Sunday, April 19th, 2015 on the 50th anniversary of the signing of New York City's historic Landmark Law by Mayor Robert F. Wagner, will be repeated 5 times that week, and will be available at www.cuny.tv. More »
Friends of the Lower East Side
Teeming Tenements Transformed: A Lower East Side Walking Tour Saturday, May 10, 2014 To mark the upcoming 50th Anniversary of New York City’s Landmarks Law, Friends of the Lower East Side will offer a free walking tour focusing on the history and architecture of the historic immigrant neighborhood south of Delancey Street. The guided tour will highlight the impact of housing reforms reflected in the changes to the plans and features of tenements over time as well as the elaborate terra cotta ornamentation. The buildings that housed the institutions and businesses that served the multitudes of immigrants will also be discussed. More »
Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District
The Brokaw Mansion, Catalyst for the Landmarks Law: Following the completion of Central Park in the 1860s, upper Fifth Avenue quickly became New York City’s most desirable address where prominent families constructed fabulous, over the top mansions. Although these homes were unmatched in size and splendor, within a generation they were quickly replaced with the latest trend -- luxury apartment buildings. The Gilded-Age Brokaw Mansion, a French Renaissance chateau at Fifth Avenue and East 79th Street, met this sad fate and was demolished in 1965. But all was not lost! Public outcry and scathing press led Mayor Wagner to sign the landmarks legislation into law, preserving our City’s architectural heritage for ever more. Join FRIENDS as we explore and celebrate this catalyzing moment in the history of the Landmarks Law! More »
Fund for Park Avenue
In 2015, the Park Avenue Malls will feature special seasonal plantings to celebrate both the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, as well as the 35th anniversary of The Fund for Park Avenue. More »
Green-Wood
Green-Wood celebrates the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law with a tour celebrating Green-Wood’s connections to our important and beloved city landmarks, Sunday April 19, 2015, 1-3:00 p.m. The tour will cover designated landmarks within Green-Wood’s own 478 acres, like Richard Upjohn and Son’s magnificent gothic archway (celebrating its 150th birthday), as well as several stops on the grounds with landmark connections – like a 1911 chapel built by Warren and Wetmore; the monuments of landmark architects including Gameliel King (Brooklyn Borough Hall), James Renwick (St. Patrick’s Cathedral), and James McComb (Gracie Mansion, City Hall); a mausoleum designed by renowned architect Stanford White, and more. Plus guests will get a special hardhat tour of the 120-year-old Weir Greenhouse - a city landmark in the midst of restoration. Acquired by Green-Wood for a welcome center and cultural hub, visitors will examine this delicate greenhouse as it’s being meticulously restored. More »
Historic Districts Council
HDC’s 30th Annual Preservation Conference, March 6-8, 2015. For the 50 Anniversary of the Landmarks Law, HDC proposes to transform the Conference from a traditional learning experience into an interactive convention where the focus will be on the many community groups who are actively campaigning to preserve their neighborhood’s history, highlighting the success of the Landmarks Law over the past 50 years. More »
Historic House Trust
The Historic House Trust's 2015 annual festival, including 23 historic houses in the five boroughs, will highlight the 50th Anniversary of the Landmarks law. More »
Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
A symposium on the contributions of contemporary architects, and their differing design approaches for landmark buildings and in historic districts, held at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. More »
Judd Foundation
Judd Foundation is pleased to celebrate the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Law with the announcement of tours of 101 Spring Street, featuring opening remarks by cast iron specialist Robert Bates of Walter B Melvin Architects, who oversaw the comprehensive restoration of the building's façade from 2006 to 2013. Bates will give an overview of the unique features of the 1870 façade, and methods employed to study and restore it. 101 Spring Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building to the SoHo Cast-Iron Historic District, and the only surviving single-use cast iron building of its era in the district, which was first designated in 1973. Tickets are $30. Reservations required as space is limited. To book a visit: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34321/1427860800000 More »
Kaufman Music Center
Original songs on NYC Landmarks, written and performed by the children of the Special Music School of America. The songs will depict childrens' thoughts and ideas about the landmarks of NYC that mean the most to them. The children of the school have classes on song writing, so you can expect some truly creative material that will be most appropriate for the occasion. More »
Merchant's House Museum
The Merchant’s House was the first building designated in Manhattan following the passage of New York City’s Landmarks Law in April 1965, and remains the only house in the City to survive virtually intact, inside and out, from the 19th century. As renowned architectural historian Ada Louise Huxtable wrote in The New York Times: “The distinction of this house – and it is a powerful one – is that it is the real thing." To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Landmarks Law, the Merchant’s House Museum is creating a year-long series of special programs on the realities and challenges of preserving its 1832 interior and exterior landmark building. The topic is particularly relevant as the House currently faces the threat of impending construction in an adjacent lot, predicted to cause irreparable damage to the building’s historic fabric. Programs include an exhibition, Manhattan’s First Landmark, which opened in January; walking tours of eleven 19th century landmark treasures of the Noho neighborhood, March through November; and a series of illustrated lectures addressing issues such as preserving the 1832 ornamental plaster, considered the finest surviving in New York from the period, and ongoing "behind the walls" restoration work to insure structural integrity. A book chronicling the almost 80-year history of the house as a museum, Miracle on 4th Street: Saving an Old Merchant’s House, by Mary L. Knapp, Museum Historian, will be published in September to coincide with the anniversary of the first meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. For information on all programs, visit http://merchantshouse.org/calendar/. More »
Municipal Art Society
“We did it!" proclaimed the Municipal Art Society’s June 1965 newsletter announcing the passage of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Law after more than 70 years of MAS-led advocacy. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Landmarks Preservation Law as a proud partner of the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, MAS tours listed with the Landmarks50 photo icon will specifically focus on individual landmarks, areas vulnerable to inappropriate development, historic districts, and scenic landmarks. Visit MAS.org/tours and look for the Landmarks50 logo on selected walks! More »
Museum of Chinese in America
Chinatown: A Walk Through History, July 11 and 18, August 1, 205. Uncover the history of one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour examines how everyday buildings, public and commercial places, and streets have shaped the community from its origins as the Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City. Fee: $15/adult, $12/student & senior; $8/MOCA member. Free for children under 5. Advance reservation required; for more information, visit: https://mocanyc.obsres.com/Info.aspx?EventID=3. More »
Museum of the City of New York
Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks will open at the Museum of the City of New York in April 2015, to coincide with the date fifty years ago when Mayor Robert Wagner signed legislation that created the Landmarks Preservation Commission. New York City's pioneering Landmarks Law has re-shaped the face of the city and served as a creative force in its rejuvenation, saving many buildings and whole neighborhoods from demolition or irrevocable change. The exhibition will look into the background of the law, including the losses of important structures in the 1950s and ‘60s. It will consider the actions of the Commission over time, as well as the landmark Penn Central case that settled the constitutionality of the law. Key to this history and continuing to this day is the legacy of citizen activism and the creation of a variety of organizations to support preservation goals. The exhibition will also consider the new body of important architecture that has emerged as architects, clients, and the Commission devise innovative solutions for the renovation and re-use of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. Saving Place will be organized by Donald Albrecht, the City Museum's Curator of Architecture and Design and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. More »
Museum of the Moving Image
This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the East-Coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talking-picture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image. Using film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, oral histories, film clips, and posters, the exhibition explores the rich legacy and renaissance of the studio complex. With material from silent-era films featuring Rudolph Valentino, early talking films starring the Marx Brothers, World War II training and propaganda films, such modern classics as The Age of Innocence, and television shows like Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, and Nurse Jackie, the exhibition reveals the significant role that the Astoria Studio continues to play in energizing its surrounding community and making moving-image history. More »
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, May 16-17, 2015. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the groundbreaking Landmarks Law, the Conservancy is proud to sponsor its 5th Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend, when New York's diverse houses of worship showcase their art, architecture, and history. For more information, contact Brian Gallagher or Ann Friedman at sacredsites@nylandmarks.org, or call 212.995.5260. More »
New York Preservation Archive Project
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Landmarks Law, the Archive Project is partnering with several Landmarks50 Alliance member organizations and institutions to commemorate key moments in preservation history through public programming, lifting up these significant stories, and documenting them for future historians. Recent collaborations include a Preserving South Street Seaport book talk, a screening of the documentary The Rise & Fall of Penn Station, a panel discussion examining the origins and future of aesthetic regulation in New York, the installation of a Cultural Medallion for civic figure Albert S. Bard, and a panel with the past chairs of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. This special series of programs will continue through 2015. More »
New York School of Interior Design
The first ever exhibition on the more than 110 designated interior landmarks--from the Rainbow Room to City Hall-- to be guest curated by Kitty Hawks and Hugh Hardy, will be installed in NYSID's gallery. More »
New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture
The purpose of the New York Studio School’s Whitney Studio restoration project is to return this magnificent room to its former splendor of 1918 and to open it to the public with regularly scheduled tours, dynamic programs and special events. The project is critical for the preservation of its defining features and for safeguarding the space in its entirety as Mrs. Whitney’s personal salon, which was at the center of the development of the modern art movement in America. With one of the few surviving bas-relief works of Robert Winthrop Chanler, the Studio stands today as a masterpiece of early 20th century decorative art. More »
New York Transit Museum
New York’s Transportation Landmarks New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal (Shuttle Passage, next to the Station Master’s Office) March 14-November 1, 2015 (opening reception date TBD) As an island city, New York depends for its very existence on its complex transit systems. No surprise, then, that the transportation industry has given the city some of its finest architectural monuments, which have played a major role in both the city’s history and its now-proud record of preservation. The Landmarks Law came about in no small measure as a response to the demolition of Pennsylvania Station, one of the finest civic monuments ever erected in New York. The legal battle that settled the question of the law’s constitutional legitimacy – through a historic Supreme Court decision in 1978 – famously centered on the preservation of Grand Central, the city’s other great train terminal. This exhibition, on view in Grand Central itself, will tell the story of the landmarks of transportation, and of their rescue and restoration – train and airport terminals, subway stations, ferry and pier buildings, bridges, and landscaped parkways. It will focus attention on the familiar major monuments, but also on such less well-known sites as the unique Carroll Street retractile bridge, the Administration Building of the old New York, Westchester and Boston Railroad, or the Marine Fire Boat Station on the Brooklyn waterfront. And it will help us all recognize and celebrate the landmarks of transit, which, as they become more visible and more visibly cared for, we no longer take for granted. More »
NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Art & Antiquities Program
Living Landmarks: An Exhibition on Scenic Landmarks; from June 25 – August 28, 2015; reception Wednesday June 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Arsenal Gallery, 64th and Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, in Central Park Visitor hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (gallery closed Friday July 3rd for holiday) "Living Landmarks" will feature the nine official scenic landmarks in New York City. Through vintage and contemporary photographs, drawings, and memorabilia, the exhibition will explore how these parks evolved, examine their unique contributions to landscape design, and illustrate how they continue to fulfill their mission and integrate with the life of the city. More »
The Paideia Institute
The influence of Greece and Rome on the aesthetic imagination of American artists and architects cannot be underestimated. Many of New York City's most stately and important buildings contain architectural motifs that date back to the classical period. This program includes a lecture explaining this influence of the Greek and Roman past on New York's architectural landscape and a guided walking tour of some of these elements on the Upper East Side, one of the city's richest architectural districts. Sunday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The lecture begins at 11am and will be held in the formal parlor at the Pratt Mansions located at 1026 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028. A questions and answer session will follow. A light brunch will be served. The walking tour will begin at approximately 12:15pm outside the Pratt mansions across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and will last about one hour. More »
Poets House
April 24, 2014 Poem in Your Pocket Day celebration encourages local children to think and write about their favorite landmarks, and has produced an anthology of poems with three local schools. Each class will come for a reading of their work and "publication party" during the morning. There will be a neighborhood read-in from 4 to 7 with our neighbors coming to read their favorite poems. And, throughout the day, we will be handing out poems written by students (and better know poets like Walt Whitman!) at stations throughout the neighborhood. Our NYC Landmarks50 children's curriculum, now on-line, and developed in conjunction with Community-Word Project, includes two lesson plans on New York City landmarks using celebrated poems by Billy Collins and Langston Hughes; a poetry packet (with weblinks) that celebrates New York City; a poetry packet (with weblinks) that celebrates the city's landmarks; and a tip sheet on fair use. Visit the Childrens' Curriculum page on the www.nyclandmarks50.org website to get started. More »
Pratt Institute
The Pratt Institute Historic Preservation Speaker Series: The Pratt Institute Historic Preservation program will be sponsoring a speaker series beginning Fall 2014 and running through Spring 2015. The program will be facilitated by Nadya Nenadich, Program Coordinator for Pratt’s Historic Preservation program. The Pratt Institute Historic Preservation Speaker Series will include co-sponsored events hosted in the School of Architecture on its Brooklyn Campus. Each lecture will highlight Landmarks from a different perspective and featured topics may range from Sustainability, Resiliency, Data, and Community to Zoning, Development, and Placemaking. The Pratt Institute M.S. in Historic Preservation offers a focus concentrating on heritage, public policy, and building an in-depth understanding of the issues preservationists so often grapple with beyond the physical preservation and restoration of important structures. Students are encouraged to understand preservation policies and methods as part of a broader historical and social context while providing the range of skills that practitioners need in today's professional environment. More »
PRISA
PRISA has worked in collaboration with Poets House and Community-Word Project to develop a curriculum for children about NYC landmarks. More »
Society of Illustrators
In recognition of this 50th Anniversary collaboration, The Society's "Illustrating our Landmarks" exhibition, curated by Leslie Cober-Gentry, will take place from June 3 to August 16, 2014, with an opening reception held on Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. The members of the Society have been asked to create a visual interpretation of one of New York City's landmarks, in any media and size. A jury will select one work to receive the prestigious Stevan Dohanos Award (named after the Federal Office Muralist and American Realist Painter), and twelve additional works that will be reproduced in the Society's 2015 calendar, commemorating the Anniversary of the Landmark Law. More »
Symphony Space
Symphony Space's spring festival 2014, entitled Sleeping Around: the cultural lives of New York's hotels, celebrates the culture and art of New York City through time and space by examining the city's greatest landmark hotels, their occupants, and the historic and notorious ties these venues have had to artists and their work. From Virgil Thomson and Bobby Short to Marilyn Monroe and Fidel Castro, there is no denying that these hotels set the scene for some of society's greatest adventures. The festival includes an Andy Warhol film fest, a night of the American Songbook with Barbara Cook, and evening exploring Dorothy Parker's wicked pen. The festival runs April 26-May 21, 2014. More »
U.S. General Services Administration
GSA will partner with its federal tenants at these properties to offer tours, lectures, and special events where appropriate and possible. In addition, under certain criteria space may be available for use by outside groups for their own programs (fees may apply). GSA’s partners include the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian, and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. More »
Victorian Society New York
In fall 2014, The Victorian Society New York will offer a special walking tour highlighting some of the accomplishments of Margot Gayle (1908-2008), a noted preservationist and one of the founders of the Victorian Society in America. Her widespread preservation efforts included successful campaigns to save the Jefferson Market Courthouse in Greenwich Village and the cast-iron architecture of SoHo, resulting in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. More »
Wyckoff House Museum
Join us for Landmarks Day, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law at the Wyckoff House Museum, the city's first landmarked structure on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The day begins with a Family Open House with colonial crafts and scavenger hunt; then at noon a special tour that steps back in time; and in the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m. join us for a talk on Neighborhoods of Brooklyn, followed by refreshments. RSVP requested for lecture: rsvp@wyckoffmuseum.org More »