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Some general thoughts to keep in mind:
- There are three databases available for searching:
- The Resource Database contains organizations, institutions and individuals that can assist with neighborhood improvement, community revitalization, and historic preservation.
- The Library Catalog Database contains all the library resources available for browsing in the Neighborhood Preservation Center’s library, including NYC Landmarks Designation Reports.
- The NYC Landmarks Designation Report Database contains printable PDF copies of New York City Landmark Reports. It is also a subset of the Library Catalog.
- The search feature of the databases is NOT case sensitive.
If a search is unsuccessful:
- Check the spelling
- Only enter a portion of the full name (Instead of "The Drive to Protect the Ladies' Mile District" Try "Drive")
- Instead of "Preserve and Protect" Try "Preserve & Protect"
- Search for "Historic Districts Council" if "HDC" does not work.
- If you are not certain of the name of the organization, the search should be conducted entering the topic you are interested in under the "Keywords or Terms" or checking the boxes provided.
If none of the above provides you with the specific resource you seek or a list of possible organizations that will assist you, please contact the Center by email, phone or fax, and we will continue the search and try to find the organization for you.
There are a few ways to find what you're looking for:
Search the “Title” field by entering a portion of or the entire name of the property.
For example, if you are trying to find the designation report for the “Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House,”
The search terms “Wyckoff House” and “Pieter Claesen,” will both return the report. It is recommended that you search the “Title” field only if you know the correct spelling of the key words associated with the property. A search for “Peter Wyckoff” in the “Title” field will not produce the intended result.
Search the “Keywords or terms” field by entering broader terms related to your search.
For example, searches for “Brooklyn,” “museum(s),” “Dutch,” and “farmhouse” will all produce the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House report, along with other reports to which those keywords are associated.
Depending on what you’re looking for, keywords such as “religious institution,” “colonial,” “McKim, Mead & White” or “Italianate” will lead you to relevant designation reports.
You can also search by property address in the “Keyword or terms” field.
Search the “Year Designated” field if you’d like to view the reports for all Landmarks designated in a specific year.
Remember: keep it simple. Try several different approaches. The more broad your search, the more likely you are to find what you’re looking for (and the more likely you are to stumble upon some interesting things you weren’t even aware of!)