Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, founded in 1982, is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving the architectural legacy, livability, and sense of place of the Upper East Side.

The Upper East Side of Manhattan, anchored by six historic districts is one of New York City’s best preserved, most stable, most diverse, and most livable neighborhoods. It is also one of the most vulnerable, because its good qualities are exactly what real estate investors and speculators are looking for. They want to put their money where prospective tenants and homeowners want to put theirs. To

The Upper East Side of Manhattan, anchored by six historic districts is one of New York City’s best preserved, most stable, most diverse, and most livable neighborhoods. It is also one of the most vulnerable, because its good qualities are exactly what real estate investors and speculators are looking for. They want to put their money where prospective tenants and homeowners want to put theirs. To

Operating as usual

On September 30, 2021 we will gather for a festive cocktail party at the Knickerbocker Club. It will be a more informal ...
07/23/2021

On September 30, 2021 we will gather for a festive cocktail party at the Knickerbocker Club. It will be a more informal evening than usual with more opportunity to mingle on the terraces and in the drawing rooms overlooking Fifth Avenue and Central Park.
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On September 30, 2021 we will gather for a festive cocktail party at the Knickerbocker Club. It will be a more informal evening than usual with more opportunity to mingle on the terraces and in the drawing rooms overlooking Fifth Avenue and Central Park.
https://conta.cc/3eSzOoa

Our battle to stop the New York Blood Center/Longfellow 334 foot tall commercial tower continues. Last week, Manhattan B...
07/21/2021

Our battle to stop the New York Blood Center/Longfellow 334 foot tall commercial tower continues. Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer held a public hearing on the issue, and while her recommendation isn't due until July 28th, the City Planning Commission has already scheduled its public hearing for July 29th. It is crucial that you attend the hearing and voice your concerns, even if you already spoke at the previous Community Board and Borough President hearings.
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Our battle to stop the New York Blood Center/Longfellow 334 foot tall commercial tower continues. Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer held a public hearing on the issue, and while her recommendation isn't due until July 28th, the City Planning Commission has already scheduled its public hearing for July 29th. It is crucial that you attend the hearing and voice your concerns, even if you already spoke at the previous Community Board and Borough President hearings.
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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is holding a public hearing on the proposal to rezone the NY Blood Center site, ...
07/08/2021

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is holding a public hearing on the proposal to rezone the NY Blood Center site, and it is critically important that you attend the hearing and voice your concerns, even if you already spoke at the previous hearings.
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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is holding a public hearing on the proposal to rezone the NY Blood Center site, and it is critically important that you attend the hearing and voice your concerns, even if you already spoke at the previous hearings.
https://conta.cc/3jSycOK

What can a building tell us about a neighborhood? This year, we’re undertaking a special research project to help us fin...
06/23/2021

What can a building tell us about a neighborhood? This year, we’re undertaking a special research project to help us find out.

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What can a building tell us about a neighborhood? This year, we’re undertaking a special research project to help us find out.

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TOMORROW: Saving Stuyvesant Town!
06/15/2021
TOMORROW: Saving Stuyvesant Town!

TOMORROW: Saving Stuyvesant Town!

To View this email in your browser, click here. Book Talk: Saving Stuyvesant Town Preservation can mean saving architectural treasures. It can also mean saving and supporting communities by keeping pe

NEXT WEEK: Saving Stuyvesant Town + Rewatch Your Favorite Program!
06/09/2021
NEXT WEEK: Saving Stuyvesant Town + Rewatch Your Favorite Program!

NEXT WEEK: Saving Stuyvesant Town + Rewatch Your Favorite Program!

To View this email in your browser, click here. Book Talk: Saving Stuyvesant Town Preservation can mean saving architectural treasures. It can also mean saving and supporting communities by keeping pe

05/25/2021
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THIS WEEK: Never Built Upper East Side + Candidate Forum

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Next Week: Never Built Upper East Side + Spring Events
05/18/2021
Next Week: Never Built Upper East Side + Spring Events

Next Week: Never Built Upper East Side + Spring Events

To View this email in your browser, click here. Can You Imagine: A Look at Never-Built Projects on the Upper East Side What if you could drive right up to the entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Ar

Tell Candidates That Neighborhood Preservation Matters!
05/10/2021
Tell Candidates That Neighborhood Preservation Matters!

Tell Candidates That Neighborhood Preservation Matters!

To View this email in your browser, click here. Show Up For District 5 Forum Join FRIENDS, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, and others on Tuesday, May 25th, for a NY Council District 5 Candidates Forum. Moder

Jane's Walk NYC: A Blast From the Past
05/03/2021
Jane's Walk NYC: A Blast From the Past

Jane's Walk NYC: A Blast From the Past

To View this email in your browser, click here. Footloose: A Virtual Walk Through the 1980s Upper East Side FRIENDS was founded in 1982 to preserve and celebrate the architectural legacy, livability,

Next Week: Check-in and check out the history of the Barbizon
04/26/2021
Next Week: Check-in and check out the history of the Barbizon

Next Week: Check-in and check out the history of the Barbizon

To View this email in your browser, click here. The Barbizon: The Hotel that set Women Free If you arrive in New York with a suitcase and a dream, where do you stay? For ambitious, mid-20th century wo

Fighting the 334 ft Commercial Tower on East 67th Street
04/21/2021
Fighting the 334 ft Commercial Tower on East 67th Street

Fighting the 334 ft Commercial Tower on East 67th Street

To View this email in your browser, click here. The New York Blood Center Advances Its Egregious Proposal - Help FRIENDS Fight It! On April 19th, the New York Blood Center certified an application at

Next Week: Walking Manhattan Sideways
04/15/2021
Next Week: Walking Manhattan Sideways

Next Week: Walking Manhattan Sideways

To View this email in your browser, click here. Book Talk: Walking Manhattan Sideways Sutton Clocks, 218 East 82nd Street. In 2011, Betsy Bober Polivy had the crazy idea to walk the entire original Ma

Watch it Again: FRIENDS Annual Awards
04/13/2021
Watch it Again: FRIENDS Annual Awards

Watch it Again: FRIENDS Annual Awards

To View this email in your browser, click here. 38th Annual Meeting and Awards Last week, around 150 people joined us to celebrate and recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and advocacy work com

Wednesday, 4/7 - FRIENDS Annual Awards
04/06/2021
Wednesday, 4/7 - FRIENDS Annual Awards

Wednesday, 4/7 - FRIENDS Annual Awards

To View this email in your browser, click here. 38th Annual Meeting and Awards Tomorrow we will celebrate and recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and advocacy work completed on the Upper East

Every year, we look forward to gathering with members and friends to celebrate and recognize the fine restoration, renov...
04/02/2021

Every year, we look forward to gathering with members and friends to celebrate and recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and advocacy work completed on the Upper East Side. This year, since we can't be together in person, we are taking our awards TO YOU!

In a video presentation on April 7th, we hope you will join us on Zoom to learn about six inspiring projects and sites that have contributed to the vibrancy of the Upper East Side, and hear from presenters and FRIENDS about what distinguishes this year's recipients. After the presentation, you'll have the chance to interact with other attendees. We look forward to seeing you -on video!- on April 7th to celebrate the Upper East Side once again.

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📷: Walter B. Melvin Architects

Every year, we look forward to gathering with members and friends to celebrate and recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and advocacy work completed on the Upper East Side. This year, since we can't be together in person, we are taking our awards TO YOU!

In a video presentation on April 7th, we hope you will join us on Zoom to learn about six inspiring projects and sites that have contributed to the vibrancy of the Upper East Side, and hear from presenters and FRIENDS about what distinguishes this year's recipients. After the presentation, you'll have the chance to interact with other attendees. We look forward to seeing you -on video!- on April 7th to celebrate the Upper East Side once again.

Link in bio!

📷: Walter B. Melvin Architects

FRIENDS 2021 Awards Is Less Than A Week Away!
04/01/2021
FRIENDS 2021 Awards Is Less Than A Week Away!

FRIENDS 2021 Awards Is Less Than A Week Away!

To View this email in your browser, click here. 38th Annual Meeting and Awards Every year, we look forward to gathering with members and friends to celebrate and recognize the fine restoration, renova

Annual Awards April 7th + More
03/25/2021
Annual Awards April 7th + More

Annual Awards April 7th + More

To View this email in your browser, click here. 38th Annual Meeting and Awards Roberta Brandes Gratz, Anthony C. Wood, and Joan K. Davidson discussing the first Halina Rosenthal Advocacy Award. Every

Advocacy Alert: Tell the Blood Center/Longfellow YOUR Concerns Tuesday 3/23 at CB8The Blood Center tower is a commercial...
03/22/2021
Advocacy Alert: Tell the Blood Center/Longfellow YOUR Concerns Tomorrow

Advocacy Alert: Tell the Blood Center/Longfellow YOUR Concerns Tuesday 3/23 at CB8

The Blood Center tower is a commercial real estate deal that is far too large for its East 67th Street site. It would destroy community-minded zoning on a residential street, and create profound shadow on St. Catherine's Park, nearby schools at JREC, and surrounding streets and sidewalks. AND the Blood Center omitted key details about the high-containment research labs (BSL-3) proposed. Many questions remain - which dangerous microorganisms will be handled onsite, and the necessary safety and mitigation measures to ensure public health.

JOIN US TONIGHT: https://www.cb8m.com/event/zoning-mar232021/

To View this email in your browser, click here. Advocacy Alert: Ask YOUR questions of the Blood Center/Longfellow tower proposal Following an announcement last week that the New York Blood Center/Long

Join Us: FRIENDS 2021 Annual Meeting and Awards
03/12/2021
Join Us: FRIENDS 2021 Annual Meeting and Awards

Join Us: FRIENDS 2021 Annual Meeting and Awards

To View this email in your browser, click here. 38th Annual Meeting and Awards We are pleased to hold our 38th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony to recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and adv

TOMORROW: Learn More about District 5 Candidates
03/10/2021
TOMORROW: Learn More about District 5 Candidates

TOMORROW: Learn More about District 5 Candidates

To View this email in your browser, click here. City Council District 5 Candidate Forum East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association is hosting a debate between the seven candidates that are seeking to r

NEXT WEEK: The Lost Voice of Mary L. Booth + Discount Opportunity!
03/05/2021
NEXT WEEK: The Lost Voice of Mary L. Booth + Discount Opportunity!

NEXT WEEK: The Lost Voice of Mary L. Booth + Discount Opportunity!

To View this email in your browser, click here. Believe Me: The Lost Voice of Mary L. Booth Designer and author Tricia Foley, who has published 12 books on lifestyle and design has turned her experien

03/02/2021
FRIENDS on NY1 Feb 27, 2021

Did you catch us on Spectrum News NY1 this weekend? FRIENDS opposes the New York Blood Center's mega expansion that would undo decades of community-minded human scale zoning on the midblocks.

"Since it was built in 1925, the six-story building at 1221 York Ave. had been lined by the narrow green strip, which al...
02/25/2021
UES Developer Tears Up Popular Garden As Residents Protest

"Since it was built in 1925, the six-story building at 1221 York Ave. had been lined by the narrow green strip, which also ran partway up East 65th and 66th streets. Every spring, the blossoming bushes turned heads in a neighborhood dominated by Weill Cornell Medical Center's gray towers."

A row of planters that brightened a gray stretch of York Avenue for decades were ripped from the ground Wednesday despite tenants' pleas.

NEXT WEEK: A Virtual Look at New York's Posh Portals + Future Events
02/19/2021
NEXT WEEK: A Virtual Look at New York's Posh Portals + Future Events

NEXT WEEK: A Virtual Look at New York's Posh Portals + Future Events

To View this email in your browser, click here. Door-to-Door: A Virtual Look at New York's Posh Portals Grand entrances always make a statement. That's especially true at New York's most elegant and i

A Virtual Look at New York's Posh Portals + Future Events
02/12/2021
A Virtual Look at New York's Posh Portals + Future Events

A Virtual Look at New York's Posh Portals + Future Events

To View this email in your browser, click here. Door-to-Door: A Virtual Look at New York's Posh Portals Grand entrances always make a statement. That's especially true at New York's most elegant and i

Next Week: A Presidential View of the UES + Future Events
02/05/2021
Next Week: A Presidential View of the UES + Future Events

Next Week: A Presidential View of the UES + Future Events

To View this email in your browser, click here. From Park Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue: A Presidential View of the Upper East Side Ahead of Presidents Day, as a new president settles into Washington,

Next Week: Gilded Grandeur on the UES + Future Events
01/22/2021
Next Week: Gilded Grandeur on the UES + Future Events

Next Week: Gilded Grandeur on the UES + Future Events

To View this email in your browser, click here. New Year, Old World: Gilded Grandeur on the Upper East Side Looking for some grandeur this New Year? Join FRIENDS to revel in the architectural glory of

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For the 4th year in a row, the A4283 Ban Puppy Mills in Pet Stores bill died in NYS Assembly committee even after it was passed in the Senate for the second year. The bill's main obstacle is our elected officials, like Rules Committee Chair Carl Heastie who let the bill die in committee this past June. For all our assembly members who could not be bothered to cosponsor this bill, here is a recent news item you should consider posting on your websites. Thanks to you, these atrocities are still supported by NYS pet stores - https://www.facebook.com/groups/312502376807921/permalink/425503885507769/
Hi Friends, have you seen this?
Eastsiders for Responsible Zoning was recently created to advocate against the proposal by the New York Blood Center to re-zone their three-story building, and allow for a out of place 334 feet tall commercial tower. Learn more about what's going on and help us advocate against it by following our page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eastsidersforesponsiblezoning/
Does anyone know anything about the Jewish orphanage that used to be at 1646 York (87th St) in the early 1900s? I just found out my grandfather grew up there, about a block away from where I live. My mom shared a document from the Jewish Child Care Association of New York with that address.
I bought a VCR online about a year ago which had interviews with Hellfighters and video of their homecoming parade. I gave the video to someone who just mailed it back to me, but the video was stolen in transit. I can't find another copy. Do you have any information?
What's your favorite thing to do on the Upper East Side? https://www.collegemagazine.com/24-best-things-to-do-in-24-hours-in-upper-east-side/
Please help us save our park. First it's a small park on the West Side and then they come for yours.
I bought the book. It's fabulous! Didn't I read somewhere that there was also a video attached to the book? If so, what's the link.
The historic Jan Hus Church on E 74th Street hosts the Czechoslovak-Marionette Theater until October 27.
Join us on WED October 24 at 7pm. Some of the Czech and Slovak soldiers of WWI, who as members of the Czechoslovak Legions endured the amazing journey through Russia in 1917-1920, later emigrated to NYC and marched proudly in the Czechoslovak May parades on the UES. Please RSVP: [email protected]