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 strike the right balance between preservation and renewal is a difficult, full-time job. Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts has been doing that job for twenty-five years and we need your help to continue preserving and protecting this world-famous neighborhood. FRIENDS regularly monitors, attends and testifies before the Community Board, Landmarks Preservation Commission, City Planning Commission, Art Commission and City Council, acting as community advocate to encourage appropriate development on the Upper East Side. FRIENDS also keeps busy educating the public. For our young friends, we teach second and fourth graders a three-part course on learning to appreciate the built environment. For adults, we hold symposia, sponsor walking tours, and annually give awards to individuals for community service and owners of properties and their architects for outstanding preservation projects.

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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.

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📷: 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

TODAY: It's a Helluva Town Book Talk + Future Events
01/14/2021
TODAY: It's a Helluva Town Book Talk + Future Events

TODAY: It's a Helluva Town Book Talk + Future Events

To View this email in your browser, click here. Book Talk: "It's a Helluva Town: Joan K. Davidson, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and the Fight for a Better New York" This is the story of Joan K. Davidson and

01/13/2021

Join FRIENDS, @hdcnyc, @landmarkwest, @mas_nyc, and @gvshp_nyc this week for a special talk with preservationist and Kaplan Foundation alum Anthony C. Wood and writer Roberta Brandes Gratz, who will delve into the city-changing work of the J.M. Kaplan Fund and Joan K. Davidson, the second-generation leader of the Fund.

Thursday, January 14th
6:00 pm EST
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Video by @gvshp_nyc

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2021
01/08/2021
CALL FOR ENTRIES 2021

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2021

Deadline Friday, January 15th To view this email in your browser, click here. 2021 ANNUAL AWARDS Call for Entries Deadline Friday, January 15th Detail of the Park Avenue Synagogue windows, 2020 Renais

Help FRIENDS Protect the Upper East Side in 2021
12/31/2020
Help FRIENDS Protect the Upper East Side in 2021

Help FRIENDS Protect the Upper East Side in 2021

To view this email in your browser, click here. Our cherished Upper East Side is a richly diverse neighborhood with a broad array of cultural institutions, prized parkland, and historic architecture.

FRIENDS Gone Virtual: Looking Back and Forward!
12/28/2020
FRIENDS Gone Virtual: Looking Back and Forward!

FRIENDS Gone Virtual: Looking Back and Forward!

To view this email in your browser, click here. FRIENDS' dedication to our neighborhood remains steadfast, even in this most unusual of years. Despite the pandemic, our office continued to educate and

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2021
12/21/2020
CALL FOR ENTRIES 2021

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2021

Deadline Friday, January 15th To view this email in your browser, click here. 2021 ANNUAL AWARDS Call for Entries Deadline Friday, January 15th Detail of the Park Avenue Synagogue windows, 2020 Renais

Preserving our Green Upper East Side
12/18/2020
Preserving our Green Upper East Side

Preserving our Green Upper East Side

To view this email in your browser, click here. Dear Friend, You know FRIENDS speaks up for our historic architecture, and the preservation and zoning mechanisms in place to maintain the scale and cha

We are delighted to announce that the overall winner of the Great Preservation Bake-Off is an Upper East Sider! Congratu...
12/17/2020

We are delighted to announce that the overall winner of the Great Preservation Bake-Off is an Upper East Sider! Congratulations to Bill Schutz, of @creative_cakes_ny and his astounding 3-foot-tall replica of the U.S. Customs House in Lower Manhattan.

Thank you to all that participated and helped celebrate the Holidays by creating a replica of their favorite New York City building. Thank you also to the panel of judges that had a very difficult decision to make, Fanny Gerson, Pamela Jerome, Liz Diller, and Eric Haugen.

#greatpreservationbakeoff #preservationbakes #bakemyfavoritebuilding

The Great Preservation Bake-Off Winner is an Upper East Sider!
12/16/2020
The Great Preservation Bake-Off Winner is an Upper East Sider!

The Great Preservation Bake-Off Winner is an Upper East Sider!

To view this email in your browser, click here. We are delighted to announce that the overall winner of the Great Preservation Bake-Off is an Upper East Sider! Congratulations to Bill Schutz, of Creat

A Big Win at the Jetsons Building, and the Continuing Fights
12/15/2020
A Big Win at the Jetsons Building, and the Continuing Fights

A Big Win at the Jetsons Building, and the Continuing Fights

To view this email in your browser, click here. Scrapping the ‘Tower on Stilts’ We are thrilled to announce that 249 East 62nd Street, the poster-child example of egregious loopholes in supertalls, ha

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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]
I know that many of you may be interested in the below. As Community Board 8 fights for implementation of a 210 foot height limit (essentially 20 stories) for new construction along Third, Second, First and York Avenues, many developers are rushing to get into the ground. The below is one of many of those projects -- come and listen and see what you can do about it. The more of these buildings that go forward, the harder it is to argue for the height limit. Pass the invitation along to anyone you know who may be interested. This meeting is tomorrow!
Have a beautiful home for sale in Sarasota Florida if you know anyone looking for a permanent residence there or a vacation home. This is one of the rehab projects we took on, we are very motivated to sell and you won't be disappointed in this property! Take a look at the photos, read the description and think about it! Pretty close to Lido beach and not to far from the number 1 rated beach in the US, Siesta Key Beach!