Historic Districts Council
WSJ: A Visitor Center Where Poe Heard a Knocking


Splashy new architecture attracts a blaze of attention, but it’s the carefully conceived small projects that have the real impact on everyday lives.

Such is the case with the Poe Park Visitor Center, an incongruously elegant, modern little structure stranded on a bit of parkland in the hurly-burly of the Bronx between the Grand Concourse and Kingsbridge Road. The 2.3-acre park is just big enough for a small playground, a 1925 bandstand and a haphazard little farmhouse that was Edgar Allen Poe’s last New York home.

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The Bronx’s Poe Park Visitor Center, designed by Toshiko Mori.


The new visitor center is the first park project to be completed as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Design and Construction Excellence Initiative. By making it easier to get talented architects on the job, the program aims at bringing good design to even the humblest city-funded projects. The Poe Center was designed by Toshiko Mori, an award-winning architect and a former chairman of the department of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

DNAinfo: NYU’s Expansion Plans

GREENWICH VILLAGE — New York University’s plans for a massive 2.5-million-square-foot expansion began winding its way through the public review process on Tuesday, with residents and elected officials calling for the plan to be scaled back.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Stringer suggested the school nix a proposed 180,000-square-foot hotel and back down from acquiring “park strips” around buildings it owns along Mercer and LaGuardia streets in testimony to a planning department hearing.

"Like other major developments, this project must balance local needs with the university’s need to expand," Stringer said in prepared testimony, where he also asked NYU to provide space for a new public school.

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Six to Celebrate Tour Mount Morris Park—TOMORROW!!


Come join us for a series of tours throughout 2011, highlighting our Six to Celebrate neighborhoods. The residential area surrounding Mount Morris Park in Harlem includes elegant rowhouses and larger apartment buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Romanesque Revival, Neo-Grec and Queen Anne styles. Come join tour leader John Reddick as he details some of this little known architecture by many of New York’s significant architects. Tour concludes with a presentation by Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, which is seeking to expand the boundaries of the current historic district to more adequately represent the neighborhood’s significant architecture.

Date: Thursday, May 19, 6pm
Location: Meeting location and directions for this tour will be provided upon registration. Tours generally last approximately two hours.

Fee: $10 per person/$5 for Friends of HDC, Seniors and Students.
Tickets can be purchased here.
A limited number of tickets are available for area residents. Please contact hdc@hdc.org if you are an area resident.
Advance registration is required and space is limited.