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  • Historic Preservation 101: What is a Landmark?

    This is a re-posting of a piece originally written in 2011. Architect Phillip Johnson and others protesting the demolition of Pennsylvania Station We speak often of historic districts, individual landmarks and national and state register sites but, what do those terms really mean? This post […]

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  • Happy 80th Birthday, Merchant’s House Museum!

    Eighty years ago today, on May 11, 1936, the old Tredwell house on 4th Street opened as the Merchant’s House Museum.

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  • 159 Charles Street: A Greek Revival Gem in the Far West Village

    Designated on November 14, 2006, 159 Charles Street is significant as a relatively rare surviving residential building of the early period of development of the Far West Village. This individual landmark was constructed around 1838 as a Greek Revival style rowhouse with a three-story height, […]

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  • Landmarks50: Germania Fire Insurance Company Bowery Building

    We continue the Landmarks50 celebration with a look at another individual landmark in our neighborhood, the Germania Fire Insurance Company Bowery Building at 357 Bowery. Designed by prominent German-American architect Carl Pfeiffer and built in 1870, the Germania Fire Insurance Company Bowery Building recalls the […]

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  • What the Preservation Movement Needs Now

    If you’ve been involved in a movement for going on 40 years, you probably have a few things to say about it. And if you’re as observant and educated about the movement as Anthony C. Wood is about preservation in New York City, those things […]

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  • Real Estate’s Attempt to Hijack the Affordable Housing Discussion

    Reprinted from Gotham Gazette, May 1, 2015. Think of the classic pieces of advice you’ve heard from parents, teachers or mentors along the way in life: Look before you leap. Think before you speak. Consider the source. Sometimes we forget the obvious. This has been […]

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  • A Preservation Agenda For Landmarking’s 50th Birthday

    For weeks now we’ve all been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of New York City’s landmarks law, which actually took place on April 19, 1965. As we approach this momentous occasion, we thought we’d take a look at some items on  our current […]

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  • Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Landmarks Law

    A lot can happen in 50 years, and many of us are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law. It was signed into law on April 19, 1965, by Mayor Robert Wagner after much work by early preservationists, motivated in part […]

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  • Celebrating & Remembering Margot Gayle

    The New York City Landmarks Law turns 50 years old this month! In the spirit of this important anniversary, we have decided to revisit our 1996 Oral History Interview with NYC Landmarks Law activist and historic preservationist Margot Gayle. Born in 1908, Gayle became involved in preservation efforts […]

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  • The Origins of Historic Preservation in Academia

    Having recently completed my undergraduate degree in architectural and urban history, I have been exploring options for further education in the discipline. During my research in the academic backgrounds of notable persons in the profession, I was particularly struck by Jane Jacobs’s lack of qualified […]

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