HDC News


~Celebrate Edith Wharton ~ Birthplace of American Author to Get Commemorative Plaque

Wednesday, October 5, 11:30am 14 West 23rd Street Join HDC and the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center for a ceremony commemorating the life and work of Edith Wharton, author of “The House of Mirth” and “The Age of Innocence”. Born in 1862 at 14 West 23rd Street in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, Wharton was a chronicler of New York City’s Gilded Age and trendsetter for her generation. The Plaque is part of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center’s Cultural Medallion program. The Center, chaired by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel (HDC’s 2011 Landmarks Lion), has installed almost 100 medallions around New York City to heighten public awareness of New York’s cultural and social history.

Read more about this program and the plaque in the Wall Street Journal article “Addressing History”. Image: Photograph taken in Newport, Rhode Island, of author Edith Wharton, wearing hat with a feather, coat with fur trim, and a fur muff. Image courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University by way of Wikipedia. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~Monday Morning Coffee Talk~ Citizen Politics: Community Boards and You October 3rd, 8:30 am Learn how to effectively interact with the citizen representatives on your community board. Long-standing district manager Craig Hammerman will explain the influence community boards have in local preservation issues and how individuals can stay informed and get involved with this fifty-person volunteer body in their own neighborhoods. Craig Hammerman serves as the District Manager of Brooklyn’s Community Six, representing Carroll Gardens/South Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Columbia Street District, Gowanus, Park Slope and Red Hook. For fifteen years he served as the President of the Association of Brooklyn District Managers. 8:30am, Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Manhattan, Free and Open to the Public. Email sromanoski@hdc.org to reserve a space. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Preservation Industries: Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Artisan Studios Friday, October 14, 2011, 3pm

Join HDC for a special look at some of the local craftspeople who help preserve New York City’s historic buildings. We will visit these nodes of production, rarely seen by the general public, that create structural features and ornaments stylizing for New York’s historic architecture.

Among the stops for this tour include stained glass artisans, Gil Studio, Heights Woodworking, and music venue, The Bell House, located in a converted printing press building.

Fee: $40, $30 Friends of HDC, Seniors and Students This tour will take place in Gowanus, Brooklyn (one of HDC’s Six to Celebrate). Instructions and directions will be provided upon registration. The tour is expected to last approximately three hours. Space is limited and advance registration is required. To purchase tickets or for more information, click here.

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The Historic Districts Council Announces 2011 Lecture, Film and Tour Series: Landmarks of Labor

“Landmarks of Labor” is a series of programs exploring New York City’s 20th century buildings where workers and organizers lived, worked, and staged notable events related to the labor movement. Learn about the history and future of New York’s labor buildings – including homes, factories, and public squares – and discover the preservation efforts currently underway to save some of these spaces.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 6:30pm, Remembering the Spatial History of Labor: Where Are Our Landmarks? Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 6:30pm, Resistance in Film: Screening of On the Waterfront with discussion Sunday, November 13, 2011, 10:30am, Tour of Greenwich Village: Labor History in Bohemia This series is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts. HDC also wishes to thank New York City Council Members Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez for their support of this series. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Six to Celebrate 2012 ~ Informational Meeting~ Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 HDC is happy to announce a call for applications for next year’s Six to Celebrate. HDC will be hosting an informational meeting for anyone interested in applying. The meeting will be held here at the Neighborhood Preservation Center 232 East 11th Street NY,NY. Please RSVP for the meeting by emailing Nadezhda Williams at nwilliams@hdc.org or call 212-614-9107 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~After The Tour~

(Taken from inside the clock tower)

(The outside of the GCT clock) We’re embarrassed to admit that we never realized that the clock on the south façade of Grand Central Terminal was polychromatic – much less made by Tiffany’s. Well our eyes were opened by our recent fantastic tour of the terminal – we hope to arrange another one soon. Please email sromanoski@hdc.org if you would be interested.


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