2013 Public Programs & Events


Scenic VistasFrom Signs to Scenic Vistas: Aesthetic Regulation's Unfinished Business

Monday, November 4, 6:30pm at The Arsenal in Central Park

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Report of the Mayor's Billboard Advertising Commission of the City of New York, the New York Preservation Archive Project hosted a program examining the origins of aesthetic regulation in New York State, delving into present day situations where policy has fallen short in protecting historic and scenic views, and discussing potential tools to solve these shortcomings. A brief presentation by Anthony C. Wood, author of Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City's Landmarks, on the legacy of the 1913 proposed amendment, was followed by a panel discussion and Q & A. Panelists included Ronald Lee Fleming, Chair of Scenic America, Matthew Goebel, author of Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law, and Carol Clark, Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.The event was co-sponsored by New York Preservation Archive Project, Scenic America, Historic Districts Council, Neighborhood Preservation Center, Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, and Historic House Trust of New York City.
Peg-Leg Pete Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, November 2, 12pm at Pushcart Coffee

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, teams embarked on a hunt that took clues from our past Peg-Leg Pete Bouwerie Tours as well as information from 2013's Gilded Age Edition. The hunt began at Pushcart Coffee and ended at Third Rail Coffee, and covered much of the footprint of what was once Peter Stuyvesant's farmland. To learn more about our Scavenger Hunts and Bouwerie Tours, click here

OHNY Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 11am-4pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center

The Neighborhood Preservation Center opened the first floor of the Beaux-Art Historic Ernest Flagg Rectory for self-guided tours during OHNY Weekend. In addition to the interactive rectory history project display, we hosted programs on both days of the weekend. On Saturday, October 12, Mary Beth Betts, Research Director at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, presented on "Conducting Building Research." A synopsis of her presentation – complete with the original slides – may be found here. The following day, NPC Staff and Interns were available for one-on-one consultations related to building research.

Neighborhood Preservation Center Birthday Party

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30pm at Webster Hall

Friends of the Neighborhood Preservation Center came together for an evening of dancing, drinks, and mingling to celebrate our 14th Birthday. The event benefited NPC as an incubator for neighborhood preservation: a resource center that offers space and shares information to facilitate exchange among those working to improve and protect neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. Our thanks to our sponsors for their generous support: A. Ottavino Corporation, Lisa Ackerman, Daniel J. Allen/Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects, Marilyn Appleberg, Leo Blackman & Ken Monteiro, Frederick Bland/Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, Center for Medical Consumers, Laura Delano & Bob Celli, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects, Stephen Facey, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Robert Hammond,Historic Districts Council, Arthur Levin, Li/Saltzman Architects, Katherine Moore, John Scott, 10th & Stuyvesant Streets Block Association, The 13th Step, Third Rail Coffee, Village Alliance, Bethany Wall, Sheryl Woodruff, and F. Anthony Zunino. Click here to see our photos from the event, and here for more photos from Epoch Times.

Music was provided by David Cox, photography courtesy of Oscar Anderson, and food generously provided by The Grey Dog. Special thanks to Webster Hall.

Utrecht Peer Exchange

Friday, June 14, 9am-12:30pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center

The Neighborhood Preservation Center gathered interns from non-profits around the city to share their work and interests with a group of students from Utrecht University. For our fourth exchange, we had interns from the Center for an Urban Future, The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Design Trust for Public Space, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Presentations were followed by a conversation in which the students and interns discussed the field of urbanism and the specifics of New York City urban life. Click here to see photos from the event.

Modern Generation: Conversation with Jake Gorst

Wednesday, January 30, 6:30pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center

Documentary filmmaker Jake Gorst joined architectural conservator Mary Kay Judy in a conversation continuing her discussion beyond "Moving Modern." Grandson of architect Andrew Geller, Gorst has produced several architectural films, including two detailing Long Island modernism. "Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island" focuses on the threat of teardowns and the movement to preserve modern architecture treasures on Long Island. Photos here.