Historic Districts Council
#Architectural desecration 😢 #BancroftBuilding #demolition #notlandmarked #NoMad (at Bancroft Building)

#Architectural desecration 😢 #BancroftBuilding #demolition #notlandmarked #NoMad (at Bancroft Building)

#NYC #Landmark #LES #Restoration

#NYC #Landmark #LES #Restoration

McCarrren #Pool before and after thanks #MarvelArchitects #tbt #landmark #restored #nyc #brooklyn (at Mccarren Pool)

McCarrren #Pool before and after thanks #MarvelArchitects #tbt #landmark #restored #nyc #brooklyn (at Mccarren Pool)

Tribeca Trust Presents an Afternoon of Architecture & Urbanism

 A Screening of the Urban Design Film “The Human Scale”

followed by Commentary from Architecture Critic Michael Sorkin.

New York, NY, Dec. 12, 2013 - On January 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM,

Tribeca Trust will present a screening of the urban design film “The Human Scale” at The Tribeca Grand Hotel located at 2 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. The screening will be followed by commentary from American architecture critic, Michael Sorkin.

Tribeca Trust is presenting this event as part of their advocacy and educational focus promoting the creation, maintenance and preservation of livable urban cities and public spaces including the neighborhood they call home, Tribeca - named for the triangle below Canal Street in New York City.

The event takes place in Tribeca Grand Hotel’s private screening room, the Grand Screen Studios. Lynn Ellsworth, Tribeca Trust’s founding Chair will open with a brief overview of the organization’s history, its mission and upcoming projects with remarks to follow from well known, NYC based architecture critic and author, Michael Sorkin.

The Human Scale, a documentary film by director Andreas M. Dalsgaard uses the pioneering studies and work of famed Danish architect Jan Gels, credited with the design of Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, to explore the trend of megacities, human interaction within the built environment and the positive role that city planning can have in addressing everyday human issues.

Following the 1 hour documentary, well known architecture critic, author and professor will provide his commentary in relation to the film, NYC and specifically the future of Tribeca and will lead an interactive discussion with audience members on what makes a livable city. Michael is also Chair of the Institute for Urban Design, a non-profit organization that provides a forum for debate over critical issues in contemporary urban planning, development, and design.

The event is a benefit for Tribeca Trust’s Public Spaces Initiative which looks to identify, transform and improve underutilized public spaces throughout Tribeca beginning with the re-imagining of Finn Square at Franklin Street & West Broadway. The event is open to the architecture & design community, educational institutions and the general public.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door, subject to availability as seating capacity is limited. Advance tickets and more information on this event are available at

www.tribecatrust.org/events or via Eventbrite.com.

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Tribeca Trust is a non profit organization whose mission is to educate the public

about Tribeca’s history and architectural heritage, mobilize residents and civic

resources to preserve & enhance its architectural character, quality of life,

economic vitality, and sense of place. Visit us and learn more at


How much does it take to landmark the first Carnegie Library in Brooklyn?

Please join the Committee to Save the NYLP and Citizens Defending Libraries in attending a meeting of the NY Public Library Trustees tomorrow, September 25th



                   5:00 PM RALLY: DON’T GUT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY!   


St John the Divine under construction in the 1910s. 
(Source: NYPL)


St John the Divine under construction in the 1910s. 

(Source: NYPL)

Historic Murray Hill House Tour

Sunday, October 6, 2013 1:00 to 5:00 PM

Come stroll the tree-lined streets of Historic Murray Hill and visit

open-house sites located in the Historic District and on the National

Register of Historic Places in Midtown Manhattan. The tour is self

guided: you can explore at your leisure between 1 and 5 PM.

• Two Magnificent Private Townhouses

• Scandinavia House, The Nordic Center in America

• Historic Military Club and Hotel (SSMAC)

• Murray Hill Place, a Private Institute

• Gallery 35, in Historic Brownstone

• Stylish Fifth Avenue Twin Apartments

• Artist Residence, in Building Named for Mary Lindley Murray

Presented by the

Preservation & Design Committee

Murray Hill Neighborhood Association

Sponsored by

Historic Murray Hill House Tour

All proceeds dedicated to the preservation of Murray Hill

The tour will be held rain or shine.

You will receive your ticket-map and program booklet at the starting site, located at Scandinavia House 58 Park Avenue, between 37th and 38th Streets

Special offer for SMORGAS Restaurant enclosed

Registration/pick-up will open at 12:30

and will close at 2:00 PM.

Fee is $50 for 1 person, $75 for 2

Call Susan Demmet at 212 689-6730 with any questions

Sunday, October 6, 2013

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM




Contacts: Paris Brown

Cell: 917.478.0775



Michael Henry Adams

Cell: 212.862.2556


The Strivers’ Row Historic Home Tour will Mark First-time the

 Famous Homes are opened to the Public


HARLEM USA – July 30, 2013Harlem’s historic Strivers’ Row, historically known for its elegant architecture and residents – once home to prominent, wealthy black performers, artists and professionals is opening eight of its distinctive residences and four historic churches for self-guided and guided tours on Sunday October 20, 2013.  The tour will mark the first time the two-block area of stately, landmark townhouses on West 138th and West 139th Streets between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) have been open to the public for touring. 

The Strivers’ Row Historic Home Tour, is sponsored by Strivers’ Row Kings Court West 139th Street Block Association under the honorary co-chair-ship of noted New Yorker and long-time Harlem resident, Alma Rangel, internationally renowned interior designers Mario Buatta and Sheila Bridges, and architect Samuel G. White.  Mr. White’s great-grandfather, Stanford White (McKim, Mead and White), originally oversaw the planning of this unique development.

The harmonious rows of stately dwellings were designed by acclaimed architects James Brown Lord, Bruce Price, Clarence Luce and Stanford White and completed in 1892, with restricted acquisition, prohibiting black ownership and residency. “Forbidden fruit” houses here beckoned to blacks all the more.  Known since 1919 among Harlemites as “Strivers’ Row”, this enclave attracted moneyed black professionals and others, “striving”, for a better life.   To live on “Strivers’ Row” was long an indicator that one had, supposedly, “arrived”.  Notwithstanding official landmark designation in 1967 as the St. Nicholas Historic District, the neighborhood’s popular name, ”Strivers’ Row” endures, signifying a destination synonymous with achievement. 

Prominent residents have included composers W. C. Handy, Scott Joplin, and Eubie Blake, the great dancer Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, as wells as socialites, such as, Dr. and Mrs. Norman Cotton, journalist Geraldine Dismond and Harlem Hospital Chief Surgeon, Dr. Louis T. Wright.  In the ensuing years, there have been significant architectural adjustments made to suit the tastes of the new owners such as the 139th Street residence of Vertner Woodson Tandy, New York’s first licensed black architect.

Today there are still prominent, wealthy residents calling Strivers’ Row home, including councilmembers artists, entrepreneurs and other professionals.

Several Harlem neighborhoods have hosted house tours in the past, but never the fabled Strivers’ Row. If you’ve ever wandered down these elegant tree-lined blocks at night to catch glimpses of inviting interiors suffused in artificial light or if you’ve ever spied these imposing houses redolent of an earlier time and graciousness, and wondered, “What is their history? Who lived here? What happened to them? Now, you’re in luck! 

The first-ever Strivers’ Row Historic Home Tour features eight distinctive residences and four historic churches each highlighting exquisite architecture and inspiring stories.  Strivers’ Row houses have been extolled by scholars and aesthetic authorities alike from the time of their completion as exemplary urbanism of the highest order. Irreplaceable marquetry and parquetry flooring; stained glass designed by an early African American artist, as well as cutting-edge improvements, as new as tomorrow, await one here.  Southern cuisine, cooling liquid refreshments, and red-hot jazz available at key area locations, including Londel’s and Miss Maude’s Spoonbread restaurants, along with Harlem’s inimitable American Legion Post #398.

The self-guided tour of eight homes occurs from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 20, 2013.  Historian and author Michael Henry Adams will lead the two guided tours. Three additional special houses not included on the regular tour, are part of the private guided tour.  The house tour cost $25.00 in advance and $35.00 on the day of the tour. The special private guided tours cost $50.00 and $30.00 in advance. Proceeds will benefit preservation of this historic district.

For press packages or additional information, please contact Paris Brown at 347-708-6195, info@striversrowhometour.com, or Michael Henry Adams at 212-862-2556. Please visit our website @ www.striversrowhometour.org.                    ###                                                       



Roosevelt Island, New York, NY,

August 12, 2013

Following the May 23rd sale of Edward Hopper’s Blackwell Island (1928) at auction by Christie’s, The Roosevelt Island Historical Society presents a full-size reproduction of the painting (35 x 60 inches), together with related historical images from contemporary photographs and sketches, in an exhibition Evoking Edward Hopper’s Blackwell’s Island at The Octagon Gallery, which is housed in a building depicted in the painting.

The exhibition will feature a full-sized canvas replica of Blackwell’s Island, alongside photographs of the actual historical images that Edward Hopper depicted in the work. “Visitors will easily connect the buildings, scenery and people in the landscape with the images captured by contemporaries in photographs and sketches that are today part of the collection of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society,” said Judith Berdy, president of the Society. Blackwell’s Island sold for $19.2 million and was previously exhibited by several prominent galleries, including the Carnegie Institute, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

The Opening Reception will be held on Monday, August 12, 2013, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm in The Octagon Gallery at 888 Main Street, on Roosevelt Island. Evoking Edward Hopper’s Blackwell’s Island is free and open to the public daily, during normal Gallery hours from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm daily, through September 7, 2013.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the Octagon Local red bus for 25¢ or walk 20-minutes north on Main Street.

About The Roosevelt Island Historical Society: The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of our Island’s unique story and pursues preservation of its landmarks and artifacts.

For more information, please visit: www.rihs.us

Evoking Edward Hopper’s Blackwell’s Island exhibition on Roosevelt Islands Octagon Gallery Opening Reception 8/12/2013