HARLEM’S HISTORIC STRIVERS’ ROW OPENING FALL HOME TOUR
Contacts: Paris Brown
Michael Henry Adams
HARLEM’S HISTORIC STRIVERS’ ROW opening FALL HOME TOUR
The Strivers’ Row Historic Home Tour will Mark First-time the
Famous Homes are opened to the Public
HARLEM USA – July 30, 2013 – Harlem’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, email@example.com, or Michael Henry Adams at 212-862-2556. Please visit our website @ www.striversrowhometour.org. ###
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.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 6:00pm (tour will take approximately 2 hours)
As a follow-up to HDC’s recent screening of The Domino Effect, we offer a complementary tour that examines these real-life issues in person. The Domino Effect is a feature length documentary that explores the process of real estate development in New York City and examines its impact in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn. In the last decade, these neighborhoods have been transformed by gentrification and development enabled by controversial rezonings. For this walking tour, the film’s writer and researcher Brian Paul will lead attendees on a walk looking at the changing face of Williamsburg. From the new waterfront towers to the adaptive reuse of the Wythe Hotel (developed by Two Trees, Domino Sugar Factory’s new owner), participants will learn about how zoning and preservation has affected this rapidly-changing area.
Fee: $10 general admission, $5 for seniors, students and HDC members
Space is limited.
Meeting location and details available upon registration.
Montclair Film Festival, where the film THE ZIPPER is playing Saturday 5/4 at 12pm
Director Amy Nicholson looks at the legendary Zipper ride in Coney Island to study real estate wars in New York City. Filled with colorful personalities, the film “will resonate with anybody who has watched some quirky favorite place be demolished by developers who don’t appreciate its charm” (Hollywood Reporter).
Preservation Greenpoint- Fading ads of Greenpoint tour
Walking tour and book signing: Sunday, May 5, 11:30am (book signing), 12:00 (tour
Join Preservation Greenpoint and author/photographer Frank Jump on a walking tour of the fading ads of Greenpoint. For nearly 20 years, Jump has been documenting the painted ads of New York City as they quickly disappear, and his book Fading Ads of New York City was published in 2011. Jump will offer a glimpse into Greenpoint’s commercial advertising history through the neighborhood’s remnant fading ads. Please check Preservation Greenpoint’s website for updates. This tour is free but space is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting location will be given when RSVP is received.
TIME TO UNWIND: THE MOUNT VERNON HOTEL MUSEUM AND LEISURE IN JACKSONIAN NEW YORK: (Roosevelt Island, NY, April 1, 2013) –
Built in 1799 and one of the eight oldest buildings in New York City, The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden interprets travel, leisure, work and play in diverse antebellum New York. Dana Settles, Curator of Education, will describe the leisure activities of New Yorkers in the 1820s, in a lecture sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Some highlights will include traditional toasts and activities in the taverns, and the guests who frequented these locales. The event is FREE and open to the public. It is the third in a series of spring lectures sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus for 25 cents or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street. The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of our Island’s unique story and pursues preservation of its landmarks and artifacts.
April 20, 10am-Noon
Marking the centennial of Grand Central Terminal, we’ll tour the GCT and Bryant Park vicinities, planned areas greatly altered since before the Civil War. Then we will see how historical cartography captures the changing urban landscape in the splendidly restored Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division of the New York Public Library.
Fee $15 payable at tour.
Preregistration required. Tour size limited.
RSVP to email@example.com using the SUBJECT= APRIL 20. http://www.geognyc.com/
The japes and mockeries in the recent editorial “Landmark Loonies” are both inappropriate and inaccurate. The Historic Districts Council did several surveys of the area in order to formulate our list of buildings to be considered for landmarks designation, taking into account each individual building’s architectural and historical significance. Brief reports, written by professional architectural historians and architects, were then submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. HDC’s list included the buildings which our colleagues at the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Municipal Art Society also recommended; we felt there was no need to reproduce their research independently. Each group performed its own surveys and reached its own conclusions – which add to each other, not detract. The plan covers 78 blocks of a heavily-trafficked and well-known area of Manhattan with hundreds of buildings. It is not surprising that there is so much interest in trying to preserve the best of them.
Interestingly, the editorial did not mention the most important list, the one that the Landmarks Preservation Commission produced in accordance with its role in the plan’s environmental review. That list has 32 sites that the LPC has identified as “potentially eligible” for landmark status, 18 of them appear on HDC’s list as well.
The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is excited to present the 6th Annual City of Water Day on July 20, 2013 at Governors Island in New York Harbor, and at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
Each year we receive over 20,000 visitors overall and this year we expect more than 20,000 visitors on Governors Island and another 7,000 at Liberty State Park during the day. City of Water Day offers an excellent opportunity to present your organization to a very enthusiastic public.
Use City of Water Day to promote your work, hold an activity, or simply get the word out. We encourage interactive and hands on activities - your table will get a lot of traffic!
Please submit two forms if you’re participating at both sites.
If you need to change your submission closer to the event please contact us.
Please note that the children’s section at Governors Island is separate from the adult section.
The event at Liberty State Park will not be held on the South Field due to post-Sandy repairs for the CRRNJ Terminal building. It will likely take place on North Field but we will confirm in the next month.
We look forward to working with you! Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 212-935-9831 ext. 106 if you have any questions.
Spring is in the air — with all its glory — on the Magnolia Blossom Walk to be held on Roosevelt Island on Sunday, March 31,2013 at 11:00 a.m. Take a 75-minute walk of scenic sites on Roosevelt Island and rejoice in the abundant color of the magnolia trees in full bloom. The tour, led by Judith Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, offers close-ups on the Island’s flowering trees for photographers and flower-lovers alike. This is the first in a series of two walks offering botanical insights about Roosevelt Island.
The Cherry Blossom Walk will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m.
For reservations, please contact email@example.com or 212-688-4836.
A donation of $10 to the RIHS is requested. Payment is accepted via PayPal on the RIHS website.
DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. (Check for normal subway service.) Walk 15 minutes north on Main Street or take the red bus (25 cents). Meet at The Octagon, 888 Main Street. 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. Note to Editor: Photo available; credit to The Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
COME TO RALLY AT CITY HALL 3/19 We need you to join us on Tuesday, March 19 from 12pm to 1pm on the steps of City Hall, for a Rally on Behalf of New Amsterdam Market.
TELL THE COUNCIL TO VOTE “NO” This is our last chance to stop the mall developer’s plans to destroy the iconic, city-owned Fulton Fish Market and replace it with a luxury high-rise complex whose details have not been disclosed to the public.
The New York Pavilion: Space Shipwreck, is a documentary film that will tell the story of how the New York State Pavilion came to be, and how it came to be neglected.
Over the past 5 decades many passionate New Yorkers have had important roles in advocating for the New York Pavilion but now live in various locations around the country. In order to get these interviews, I need your help.
Donate what you can and get your name in the credits of the film!
Lower East Side Oral Histories, a new book by Nina Howes (half Irish!) and LESHP’s Eric Ferrara, documents the memories of twenty-five people from diverse backgrounds who experienced life in one of the 20th century’s most vibrant and complex neighborhoods. From childhood memories of pushcarts and nickel-baths to observations of the constantly changing face of the district, discover the Lower East Side through the eyes and voices of the people who have witnessed much of the history that made our neighborhood so legendary.
Meet authors as well as interviewees whose life stories and personal photos were documented for the project, including Rebecca Lepkoff, Nilda Rivera, Frankie Alexander and Jan Lee.
The City of Yonkers has issued a Request for Proposals to acquire, preserve, restore, redevelop and adaptively reuse its City Jail.
The jail is a City-owned property located in southwest Yonkers at 24 Alexander Street (Block: 2608, Lot: 1). It is a two-storied structure; its dimensions are 135’ x 40’ with 10,800 square feet. The site is approximately .65 acres and is zoned I-District (Industrial).
The City’s redevelopment goals for this site are to
Preserve, restore and adaptively reuse the structure.
Preserve and restore the building’s architectural features.
Incorporate sustainable development principles.
Redevelop the site with market rate, non-residential uses.
Incorporate the goals of the Alexander Street Master and Urban Renewal Plans.
To complete the redevelopment within two (2) years of being designated as the developer.
The Bowery Historic District Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
For Immediate Release February 25, 2013
Contact: Kerri Culhane (646) 737-3390
The Bowery Historic District Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
(New York, NY) —Two Bridges Neighborhood Council (TBNC) and Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (BAN) are thrilled to announce that, as of February 20, 2013, New York’s famed Bowery is now officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Bowery Historic District was listed in the State Register of Historic Places in October 2011. The Bowery is now included in the National Register of Historic Places maintained by the National Park Service, a selective list of the most significant places in local, state and national history.
“It’s hard to believe that a case had to be made for the significance of one of our most historic streets and all of the folklore that surrounds it, “ comments Victor Papa, TBNC’s President/Director. “This isn’t just Lower East Side history—this is National history. It is now undeniably clear that the Bowery plays a central role in development of American culture.” The Bowery now ranks with such historic districts as New Orleans’ French Quarter, Charleston’s Battery and Boston’s Beacon Hill.
TBNC and BAN sponsored the State and National Register nomination of the Bowery to highlight the rich history of New York’s most architecturally diverse and historically significant streetscape. “Native American foot trail, Dutch farm road, site of Lincoln’s epochal anti-slavery speech, Bowery is NYC’s oldest street,” said David Mulkins, BAN’s Chairman. “It has a seminal connection to tap dance, vaudeville, Yiddish theater, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, abstract expressionism and punk.” The Bowery historic district encompasses such diverse sites as artist’s lofts, flophouses, former theatres, eighteenth-century townhouses, the Liz Christy Community Garden and the former CBGB.
On the evening of March 20, 2013, TBNC and BAN will host “Vintage Bowery,” a benefit to celebrate the designation of the Bowery Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. The celebratory party at the Bowery Hotel will feature musicians, singers, dancers and poets all highlighting the Bowery’s rich cultural history. Details about the event can be found at:
Unlike a New York City Landmark District, the National Register designation is honorific, meaning it recognizes the importance of the resources it honors, but does not automatically come with restrictions or design review requirements. Among the significant and potentially valuable financial benefits to property owners and in some cases business owners in National Register-listed properties are access to state and federal tax credits if an owner chooses to rehabilitate a historic property; low or zero-interest loans for restoration or rehabilitation of a building; and technical assistance.
“The Bowery nomination is unique—with a period of significance spanning 1626 to 1975, it not only recognizes the architecture and cultural history of the street, but it acknowledges the earliest planning history of New York,” states Kerri Culhane, the architectural historian who researched and wrote the nomination. “By extension, the Bowery nomination should be used as a planning tool to help guide better, scale-appropriate zoning and contextual infill to respect this vibrant and dynamic thoroughfare, which continues to make history today.”
How Did Tribeca Get Its Historic Districts? Why Do They Matter? Are They Protected Enough?
A Public Conversation with Celebrated Authors Andrew Dolkart and Anthony Tung Moderator: Hal Bromm
Date: Sunday February 24, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. Venue: New York Law School, entrance at Leonard and West Broadway Cost: Pay as you wish, no reservation necessary. There will be time for questions and to mingle afterwards.
Professor Andrew Dolkart is well known to Tribecans for drawing the first map of a proposed historic district for our neighborhood. He is now Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University. He is also the author of The Texture of Tribeca: An Illustrated History, (1989), the Guide to New York City Landmarks (2009), and the award winning, The Row House Reborn.
Anthony Tung was a New York City Landmarks Preservation Commissioner, famous for his principled defense of the New York Public Library under the Koch administration. He has been an instructor on architectural history at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a visiting professor on international urban preservation at MIT. His book, Preserving the World’s Cities: Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis (2001) has been hailed as “vivid” and “nuanced” and a “landmark of creative urbanism” written with a “breadth of vision and rapid-fire insight that recalls Lewis Mumford at his best”. His talk will focus on the problem of in-fill construction in an historic district, comparing Amsterdam to Tribeca.
Hal Bromm is a Tribeca gallery owner. In 1984, he formed the committee for the Washington Market Historic District to push for Historic District Designation for Tribeca. He organized the publication of the award-winning book The Texture of Tribeca to use as a lobbying tool in the successful designation effort. He has served as President of New York’s Historic Districts Council and was one of the founders of the Citizen’s Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation.
Hello, I own a business in Prospect Heights Brooklyn, and need to remove my exterior fence due to a Dept of Consumer Affairs sidewalk cafe requirement. The neighborhood is landmarked, and the LPC has advised me that I must protect the bluestone & concrete sidewalk to match the color. I'm looking now for a referral to a contractor who specializes in bluestone/ concrete preservation , would you be able to point me in the right direction?
You should check the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s list:
Lecture: “From Great Estates to Great Parks: 125 Years of Bronx Parks”
Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 p.m. How and why did what is now the Bronx go from an area of great estates to a community of modest homes and great parks? The 1888 creation of the Bronx Parks system, 125 years ago, was perhaps the clearest turning point for the Bronx, even though Pelham Bay Park would not be within the city limits for another 17 years. Dart Westphal will discuss some of the reasons and the consequences of a movement to create “Free Playground(s) for the People.”
Come raise a toast to the founding of Preservation Greenpoint by two fellow program alums, and to Greenpoint’s selection as one of the Historic District Council’s Six to Celebrate in 2013! Begin your acquaintance with this neighborhood via its historic watering holes on PA’s Greenpoint Pub Crawl. The evening will kick off around 6:30pm, visiting a bar that was once a longshoremen’s hangout during the neighborhood’s shipbuilding heyday, and continue crawling through the historic hot spots of the district. Details to follow.
THE UPPITY WOMEN OF DOWNTOWN NYC Lecture on Roosevelt Island
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Janet Falk
THE UPPITY WOMEN OF DOWNTOWN NYC Lecture on Roosevelt Island
(Roosevelt Island, NY, January 18, 2013) – As New York grew in the 19th century, its reputation as sin city ballooned almost as fast as women’s skirts. Just living in such a volatile place could endanger a woman’s most precious possession: her reputation. Today, the search for women who tested boundaries and redefined roles turns up a passel of uppity gals whose bonnets and ribbons cannot hide their bold spirits.
Historian Kathleen Hulser will describe some fascinating personalities in a lecture on The Uppity Women of Downtown New York, sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Tuesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Some highlights will include the Beautiful Cigar Girl, Mary Rogers, whose story inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s first foray into the detective genre, and whose tale links her to Madame Restell, who spent time in the prison on Blackwell’s Island.
Also featured are mid-century rule-breakers, like spiritualist and stock-broker Victoria Woodhull and bridge-builder Emily Roebling. Entering the 20th century, at the moment corsets loosen, both Emma Goldman and Nellie Bly defy social conventions and grab headlines, as well as spending time on the island. Later, a very good girl, Eleanor Roosevelt, who in both her early days as part of a network of progressive women and her later years as United Nations activist, embodies how women can do anything they set their minds to. Pictures of gals in motion amply demonstrate that hoops and yards of petticoats can’t keep a good woman down.
The event is FREE and open to the public.
DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus for 25 cents or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.
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.
Please join the Historic Districts Council as we announce the neighborhoods selected for the 2013 Six to Celebrate program! Come honor the accomplishments of outgoing participants from Bay Ridge, Far Rockaway Beach Bungalows, Morningside Heights, Port Morris, Van Cortlandt Village, Victorian Flatbush; and welcome the possibilities for the new class as they commence a year of preservation campaigns, advocacy efforts, educational outreach, and fabulous events!$25 per person/ $20 Friends of HDC Pay at the door or to purchase tickets in advance, on our website
Sunday, February 10th at 12:30PM "Woodlawn is for Lovers" walking tour + concert Spend your day celebrating eternal love — and liaisons sometimes more tragic — on a walking tour of Woodlawn. After the walk, warm your heart and hands with hot cocoa in the Woolworth Chapel and enjoy the incredible talents of the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society, as they perform a repertoire suited to the Valentine’s Day mood.
Sunday, February 24th at 2PM The Coldest Case: “Cemetery John” and the Lindbergh Kidnapping Meet Robert Zorn, author of Cemetery John, and learn about his three year odyssey in search of the truth of the infamous kidnapping of world-famous aviator Charles Lindbergh’s baby from the family’s New Jersey home, in 1932. Zorn will return to the scene of the first meeting between the kidnapper known as “Cemetery John” and the intermediary for ransom negotiations, Dr. John F. Condon: the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
Over the past month, the NYC Council has been organizing volunteers to help out in areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
We will be continuing our efforts through the month of December, including this Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th. We hope you can join us.
Buses will be departing Saturday and Sunday morning at 10 am from 250 Broadway in Lower Manhattan and going to one of the affected neighborhoods.
Many of our fellow New Yorkers are still struggling through the aftermath of Sandy, so if you can help out this weekend, please RSVP to SandyRelief@council.nyc.gov with your name, email, cell phone number, and the day that you would like to join us, and we’ll get back to you with additional information.
Walking Tour: Harlem Black & Jewish Music Culture 1890-1930 Tour Guide: Harlem Historian John Reddick
Saturday, December 8 through Sunday, December 30 $25.00
WALKING TOUR: HARLEM’S BLACK & JEWISH MUSIC CULTURE 1890-1930Selections from the Sheet Music Collection of Harlem Historian John T. Reddick December 8, 2012 thru January 30, 2013
After viewing the exhibition at Ristorante Settepani, join the walking tour and experience the historic neighborhood with John Reddick.
All tours will leave from Ristorante Settepani, 196 Lenox Avenue @120th Street New York, NY 10026
A Historic and graphically spectacular exhibit of sheet music associated with performers, composers and musicians who resided in Harlem and performed at area venues dating back to the 1890’s and continuing into the Harlem Renaissance period of the 1920’s.
For Jewish composers like Gershwin, Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, as well as their African American counterparts, Handy, Ellington and James Reese Europe and others, Harlem was not only home, but also a place where they developed and showcased their talents. Drawn from the collection of Harlem historian and resident John Reddick, the exhibit showcases the influences and collaborations between an array of talented Black and Jewish artists, starting in the Ragtime era and advancing through the evolution of blues, jazz and American musical theater.
Prix Fixe Jewish-Italian Menu, $28.00 , if you wish to dine at Settepani’s before or after the tour.
As you may know, our restaurant was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Our basement was completely submerged by the flood waters, and we got about a foot of water in the dining room. We lost tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and inventory, and we’ve been closed since the storm. Even now, most of our neighbors are still without power. Our insurance company isn’t giving us one thin dime, and all the government offers are diaster loans. So we’re taking it to you, our friends: please help us rebuild!
Here’s the deal: For a limited time, we’re selling our new, beautiful gift certificates (designed by ex-Fortie Jen Storch) on our website at TWICE their value. You give us $20, we send you $10 in gift certificates. You send us $1000, we send you $500 in gift certificates. Got it? Junk bonds-not worth what you pay for them! It’s a terrible deal for you, but we really need the money! They would make a great holiday gift for the cocktail lover in your life. Each gift certificate is decorated with an illustration of a cocktail luminary from the past (or present) by a Brooklyn-based comic book artist. The back of each bill shows the water of New York Harbor, that harsh mistress that paid us an calamitous visit two weeks ago.
I’m also on the advisory board of ReStore Red Hook, a nonprofit raising funds to help the small businesses of Red Hook. Please visit that website to see what we’re doing to help, or to make a tax-deductible donation.
We would really appreciate your support in our hour of need. Please forward this email to all of your sympathetic friends and allies, recommend it on Facebook, tweet it, blog about it, etc.
THE WOODLAWN CEMETERY to host VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT EVENT:
Train to be a tour guide, learn to research residents, and more! (Bronx, NY – November 8, 2012) – On Saturday, December 8, 2012, The Woodlawn Cemetery will host a Volunteer Meet & Greet recruitment and appreciation event. The incredible public programming and historic research executed by Woodlawn relies heavily on the generous donation of time and energy by volunteers. With Woodlawn’s 150th Anniversary on the horizon – the cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, was founded in 1863 – a dedicated corps of volunteers is more important than ever. All are welcome to attend this free informational session to learn about the various projects available to volunteers at The Woodlawn Cemetery, such as: tour guides, online database, biography research/writing, and genealogy.
Join Woodlawn on December 8th and hear brief descriptions of each volunteer project as well as personal testimonials from long-time volunteers already helping us to meet these goals. This event is free; reservations are encouraged though not required.
For more information about this exciting program and for reservations: Email: Cristiana Peña, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (718) 920-1463, ext. 225
About The Woodlawn Cemetery The Woodlawn Cemetery was established in 1863 to provide a more accessible, peaceful burial ground for Manhattan residents. Located just 30 minutes from Manhattan just below Westchester County, the 400-acre cemetery is the final resting place for more than 300,000 historically relevant American figures of various races, cultures and religions, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Herman Melville, Madam C.J. Walker, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Celia Cruz and many others. Today, Woodlawn continues to provide a full line of memorial products and services to meet the needs of its diverse New York community, including private and community mausoleums, cremation services and in-ground burial options. Woodlawn is an active cemetery that serves over 3,000 families each year, providing cremation services in addition to in ground burial, community mausoleums, and private estate lots. For questions about how to plan for a loss, or to purchase cemetery property, contact The Woodlawn Cemetery at (718) 920-0500 or email@example.com.
One of the city’s largest historic districts, this area contains some of the finest examples of urban residential architecture in America. Splendid townhouses, opulent mansions, and imposing apartment buildings are set among the institutions, clubs, and businesses that cater to this storied community. With such breathtaking architecture the neighborhood seems a natural candidate for a historic district, but its designation was fiercely debated. Join Anthony C. Wood, Frank Sanchis, and a special team from FRIENDS as we chronicle the long battle to designate this district, our continuing growth as a preservation advocacy organization, and our 30-year-old campaign to save the Upper East Side’s architectural legacy, livability, and sense of place.
To purchase tickets, please call 212-535-2526 or click here.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts! In celebration of this milestone, FRIENDS has been revisiting each of the six historic districts that we are charged with protecting. Over the years, we have testified on countless proposals for alterations to the 1,402 buildings included in these districts, and thus we have fought many preservation battles. This fall, join us on three walking tours to rediscover the distinctive architecture that makes our neighborhood great.
Next Tuesday, October 23rd at 9:30 am at City Hall, the City Council will hold its SOLE public hearing on the proposal to change the zoning rules to allow two huge towers to be built atop Chelsea Market.
We need you to testify AGAINST the plan! The other side will be there in force, and we have to be too.