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
WHERE: COUNTEE CULLEN LIBRARY, 104 W 136 STREET at LENOX AVE.
WHEN: 4:00 PM MEETING OF THE TRUSTEES (OPEN TO PUBLIC, JOIN!)
5:00 PM RALLY: DON’T GUT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY!
St John the Divine under construction in the 1910s.
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
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
Michael Henry Adams
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Michael Henry Adams at 212-862-2556. Please visit our website @ www.striversrowhometour.org. ###
RENOWNED EDWARD HOPPER PAINTING IN ROOSEVELT ISLAND EXHIBITION WITH RELATED CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHS AND SKETCHES
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
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.
The New York Times has reported (5/30/13) that real estate developers,
big property owners, banks, insurance companies and investment firms
have established a $10 million PAC in order to become aggressively involved
in 2013 NY City Council elections to support and elect 21 candidates to further their
“pro-development,” anti-neighborhood, anti-small business agenda.
LW! is hosting a unique “Meet the City Council Candidates” roundtable discussion which
focuses exclusively on land use issues such as overdevelopment, historic preservation,
parks and open space in District 6 (approx. from West 59th-96th Streets) here in the Upper
West Side. There will be a brief introduction followed by an hour of your questions.
Although we can’t match $10 million, we can raise turn out at the polls.
Please attend the meeting and send this along to five people, minimum. Ceremonial Hall has
room for 150 people and we want to see it filled and make sure the candidates hear from you and your neighbors.
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).
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 email@example.com. Meeting location will be given when RSVP is received.