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Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century: A Symposium 

Monday, April 20, 2015, 5:30-9:00 pm
@ New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this program.
Photo © Iwan Baan
On the eve of the opening of Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, the Museum of the City of New York celebrated its newest exhibition with a multi-disciplinary symposium. A panel of distinguished speakers explored the challenges and opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. What role will preservation play in keeping New York a dynamic global city? How will preservation law and practice continue to adapt over time? The panel included Vishaan ChakrabartiAIA, Director, Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate, Roberta Brandes Gratz, Urban Critic and Journalist, Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic, The New York Times, Steven Spinola, President, Real Estate Board of New York, and Robert A. M. SternFAIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University, and it was moderated by Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Former CEO, 
American Academy in Rome.

The symposium is made possible through the generous support of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and is co-presented with AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, AIANY Historic Building Committee, Art Deco Society of New York, The Beaux Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Historical Society, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, CUNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Docomomo US/New York Tri-State, Gotham Center for New York City History, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Historic Districts Council, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Judd Foundation, The Municipal Art Society, New York School of Interior Design, Neighborhood Preservation Center, NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, New York Landmarks Conservancy, New York Preservation Archive Project, Pratt Institute, and Society of Architectural Historians.


Image: Mayor Robert F. Wagner signing the Landmarks Law; Photograph by Margot Gayle 

Toast the Landmarks Law
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3-5pm
219 Second Avenue, btw. East 13th & East 14th Streets
The program was free and open to the public.

On April 19, 1965, Mayor Robert F. Wagner signed the New York City Landmarks Law, which finally provided legal protection for the City's treasured buildings and neighborhoods. Fifty years later, over 33,000 special places throughout the City are protected as individual landmarks, interior landmarks, scenic landmarks, or as part of 114 historic districts.

Join in toasting the success of this groundbreaking piece of legislation, exactly 50 years to the day it was signed. Birthday cake will be provided (it's a celebration, after all)! And as part of the festivities, there will be a screening of WNET's Treasures of New York: The Landmarks Preservation Movement, which documents the tireless work of preservationists before and after the passage of the Landmarks Law. Celebrities from the preservation world, featured in the documentary, will be on hand to discuss the portrayal of the field in the program, and givetheir thoughts on the last 50 years of preservation in New York City. 

This program is co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive ProjectHistoric Districts Council, and Neighborhood Preservation Center.

Image: Mayor Robert F. Wagner signing the Landmarks Law; Photograph by Margot Gayle 

How to be a History Detective: 
Using high tech tools and old-fashioned sleuthing to uncover the history of the UWS buildings
Monday, March 16, 2015 at Hostelling International
The program was a free public program. 

This workshop taught participants how to research the history of a building, school, church, synagogue, or favorite example of UWS architecture. The program included a Research Tools Lecture (approx. one hour) by Anthony W. Robins, architectural historian, author and lecturer and a Brief Overview of Neighborhood Building Typology (approx. 15 minutes) by Susan De Vries, consultant/historic preservation and NYC history. The presentations were followed by optional One-on-one Sessions (limited to 10 minutes each) with one of our research volunteers who further  assisted individual research questions. A research resource sheet tailored with resources for the Bloomingdale neighborhood was distributed along with a map developed by Landmark West!, copies of which were generously provided by LW! for the program. Click here for a copy of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Resource Sheet.  

For photos from the program, visit our Facebook page. This program was done in partnership with the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group and also sponsored by the Columbus Amsterdam BID and Hostelling International.