Textile Conservation Lab at Cathedral of St. John the Divine

 

 

 

Behind the Cathedral is the Greek Revival building ~ Textile Conservation Lab

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine received a donation of twelve 17th Century Italian Barberini tapestries in 1891, a year before construction began on the Cathedral itself. In time, the acquisition of a collection of Raphael designed tapestries depicting scenes of the Acts of the Apostles drawn from the New Testament Book of Acts, and nine Mortlake tapestries were acquired. So it should not be surprising that, in 1981, a textile conservation lab was established, by the Cathedral, as a way to care and conserve the collection.

Continue reading “Textile Conservation Lab at Cathedral of St. John the Divine”

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates Five Historic Buildings Associated with Tin Pan Alley

 

 

 

Buildings of Tin Pan Alley, c. 1910. Image via Historic Districts Council

On Sunday, October 22, 2017,  preservationists and historians rallied to protect the cultural treasure known as Tin Pan Alley along 28th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue ~ with musical performances and a tour. It was a day to learn about the rich history of the historic one block, known as Tin Pan Alley, and the efforts to preserve its heritage, along with many of its 19th-century structures still in tact.

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated five historic buildings on West 28th Street in Manhattan:   47 West 28th Street, 49 West 28th Street, 51 West 28th Street, 53 West 28th Street and 55 West 28th Street. These buildings are an intact part of a block known as Tin Pan Alley, home of the most significant concentration of sheet music publishers in New York City. While on this block — so named to describe the audible racket of piano music that made 28th St. sound “like a tin pan alley” — these firms revolutionized the music-publishing industry’s practices for the creation, promotion and consumption of popular music as we know it today.

Continue reading “NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates Five Historic Buildings Associated with Tin Pan Alley”

The Historic Equitable Building Shines a Spotlight on its History

 

 

 

40th Floor, 120 Broadway

The landmarked 120 Broadway, also know as the Equitable Building, has undergone a two-year, $50 million renovation. We were pleased to be invited to take a look inside, from the historic Banker’s Club space on the 40th floor to the newly created mural project on the third floor, and beautifully restored lobby. Come along, as we take in the new, while reflecting on the old.

Continue reading “The Historic Equitable Building Shines a Spotlight on its History”

Long Awaited Ground-Breaking for the Reconstruction of the New York State Pavilion Observation Towers at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

 

 

 

Photo credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens Community Board 7 Parks Chair Kim Ohanian, and members of People for the Pavilion, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy and Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, to break ground on the reconstruction of the New York State Pavilion Observation Towers.

Continue reading “Long Awaited Ground-Breaking for the Reconstruction of the New York State Pavilion Observation Towers at Flushing Meadows Corona Park”

Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower Ribbon Cutting ~ October 26, 2019

 

 


The long-awaited ribbon-cutting for the restoration and unveiling of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower took place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, to the delight of the entire community. Come along with us as we walk up to the Acropolis and celebrate the watchtower’s return.

Continue reading “Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower Ribbon Cutting ~ October 26, 2019”

Honoring the 2018 Grassroots Preservation Awards Winners

 

 

 

Each year, the Historic Districts Council celebrates community preservationists with its Annual Grassroots Preservation Awards. The awards are given to individuals and groups dedicated to working in public service and online to bring attention and resources to saving the “heart and souls of New York City.”

Continue reading “Honoring the 2018 Grassroots Preservation Awards Winners”

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Unanimously Voted to Landmark Three East Harlem Buildings

 

 

Connie Lee, Landmark East Harlem, President of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, and Public Art Initiative, December 2014 in front of Richard Webber Harlem Packing House, 207-215 East 119th Street in East Harlem

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) scheduled a public hearing for February 13, 2018, on three buildings in East Harlem ~ and unanimously voted to Landmark all three.

Continue reading “NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Unanimously Voted to Landmark Three East Harlem Buildings”