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.
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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.

Mission: Preserve the architectural legacy, livability, and sense of place of the Upper East Side.

Operating as usual

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

TODAY: NY Blood Center Environmental Scoping Session
12/15/2020
TODAY: NY Blood Center Environmental Scoping Session

TODAY: NY Blood Center Environmental Scoping Session

To view this email in your browser, click here. The New York Blood Center released plans in October 2020 to demolish its modest 1930 building on a large through-block site on East 67th Street between

TOMORROW: Historic Building Materials
12/14/2020
TOMORROW: Historic Building Materials

TOMORROW: Historic Building Materials

To view this email in your browser, click here. Historic Building Materials: An Introduction Metal to masonry; slate to stucco; brick to brownstone; copper to concrete. New York City’s built environme

Celebrating the Holidays and the Soul of our Community
12/12/2020
Celebrating the Holidays and the Soul of our Community

Celebrating the Holidays and the Soul of our Community

To view this email in your browser, click here. Celebrate the holidays with books that celebrate the soul of our community! The recently released It's a Helluva Town: Joan K Davidson, the J.M. Kaplan

NY Blood Center: Learn More Today and Speak Out Next Week
12/08/2020
NY Blood Center: Learn More Today and Speak Out Next Week

NY Blood Center: Learn More Today and Speak Out Next Week

To view this email in your browser, click here. The New York Blood Center released plans in October 2020 to demolish its modest 1930 building on a large through-block site on East 67th Street between

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2021
12/07/2020
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

NEXT WEEK: Upper East Side Hotels + Fall Events
12/05/2020
NEXT WEEK: Upper East Side Hotels

NEXT WEEK: Upper East Side Hotels + Fall Events

To view this email in your browser, click here. Upper East Side Hotels: Architectural and Cultural History Recently New York’s hotels have stood as places of lodging for frontline workers, and places

The Great Preservation Bake-Off & Scavenger Hunt Responses!
12/03/2020
The Great Preservation Bake-Off & Scavenger Hunt Responses!

The Great Preservation Bake-Off & Scavenger Hunt Responses!

To view this email in your browser, click here. Celebrate the holidays by baking your favorite building, and join New Yorkers who love architecture and baking! We are teaming up with some of New York’

Rachel Levy, executive director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts voiced a common concern that the Le...
12/01/2020
Pushback on Lenox Hill’s Revised Expansion Plans

Rachel Levy, executive director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts voiced a common concern that the Lenox Hill expansion, combined with a proposal to upzone the midblock New York Blood Center on 67th between First and Second Avenues, will set a precedent for developers looking to rezone parcels in the neighborhood: “These projects will function as a signal to developers as to what is possible in the Upper East Side and undo a careful balance that has been maintained by civic groups and residents.”

Northwell Health’s revised expansion proposal for their Lenox Hill hospital has been met with unanimous disapproval by civic associations on the Upper...

Support FRIENDS in 2020 and Beyond
11/30/2020
Support FRIENDS in 2020 and Beyond

Support FRIENDS in 2020 and Beyond

To view this email in your browser, click here. Help FRIENDS Fight Against Upper East Side Mega-Projects Dear Friend, When you drive into Manhattan from any direction, aren’t you still startled by the

Need a Gift for the Upper East Sider in Your Life?
11/27/2020
Need a Gift for the Upper East Sider in Your Life?

Need a Gift for the Upper East Sider in Your Life?

To view this email in your browser, click here. Support FRIENDS while holiday shopping! With the holidays rapidly approaching, we think it is safe to say that our Yorkville book is the perfect gift fo

The Great Preservation Bake-Off
11/23/2020
The Great Preservation 🍰 Bake-Off 🍰

The Great Preservation Bake-Off

To view this email in your browser, click here. Celebrate the holidays by baking your favorite building, and join New Yorkers who love architecture and baking! We are teaming up with some of New York’

THIS MONDAY: Historic Building Detectives
11/21/2020
THIS MONDAY: Historic Building Detectives

THIS MONDAY: Historic Building Detectives

To view this email in your browser, click here. Upper East Side Building History Detectives: Workshop and Scavenger Hunt Get ready to be a skyline sleuth! Have you ever wanted to learn more about a bu

NEXT WEEK: Historic Building Detectives + Fall Events
11/17/2020
NEXT WEEK: Historic Building Detectives + Fall Events

NEXT WEEK: Historic Building Detectives + Fall Events

To view this email in your browser, click here. Upper East Side Building History Detectives: Workshop and Scavenger Hunt Get ready to be a skyline sleuth! Have you ever wanted to learn more about a bu

"This would introduce Midtown-level density to the heart of the Upper East Side with potential to impact quality of life...
11/13/2020
Lenox Hill Expansion Opponents Unmoved By Hospital's Concessions

"This would introduce Midtown-level density to the heart of the Upper East Side with potential to impact quality of life and neighborhood character in an unprecedented way," Friends of the Upper East Side said in their statement.

Lenox Hill Hospital removed a controversial tower from its expansion plan, but Upper East Side preservationist groups are still fighting it.

Proposals Chipping Away at the Midblock
11/12/2020
Proposals Chipping Away at the Midblock

Proposals Chipping Away at the Midblock

To view this email in your browser, click here. Proposals Chipping Away at the Midblock One of FRIENDS’ earliest initiatives, led by our founder Halina Rosenthal, was the successful effort to bring co

THIS WEEK: Terra Cotta: Don't Take it for Granite! + Fall Events
11/11/2020
THIS WEEK: Terra Cotta: Don't Take it for Granite! + Fall Events

THIS WEEK: Terra Cotta: Don't Take it for Granite! + Fall Events

To view this email in your browser, click here. Terra Cotta: Don't Take it for Granite! This virtual tour is with artist Susan Tunick, President of Friends of Terra Cotta, and author of several books

How do we honor Black and Latina women? How do we preserve their legacy? 2020 marks the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, ...
10/21/2020

How do we honor Black and Latina women? How do we preserve their legacy? 2020 marks the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, but Black women’s contributions to the movement largely go uncelebrated, and most Black women in America could not vote until 1965. As the city and the nation confront issues of representation and equity in public commemoration, please join FRIENDS of the Upper East Side and Save Harlem Now! for a virtual walk through Harlem. The tour, lead by @harlemwalksnyc, will focus on sites publicly celebrating pioneering Black and Latina women, and issues surrounding the preservation of such sites.

To register follow the link: bit.ly/2TiTera

📷: @6sqft

EXTRA EXTRA: In-town/Out-of-Town + Fall Events!
10/21/2020
EXTRA EXTRA: In-town/Out-of-Town + Fall Events!

EXTRA EXTRA: In-town/Out-of-Town + Fall Events!

To view this email in your browser, click here. In Town/Out-of-Town Who is the Bridge and Tunnel crowd? In more quotidian times, that moniker might call to mind tourists from New Jersey. Currently, th

Check out our story about Armories on the Upper East Side on Urban Archive!
10/13/2020

Check out our story about Armories on the Upper East Side on Urban Archive!

The Upper East Side’s three landmarked armories might be the most “commanding” structures in the neighborhood. Among New York’s earliest landmarks, these fortified urban fortresses were built to store arms and to provide training and social space for local regiments whose members served in every major U.S. conflict from the War of 1812 through The Second World War. More recently, these structures have been transformed into schools, park facilities, and art spaces. Today, they offer a slice of local history and an impressive catalog of ideas for adaptive reuse. As the conversation continues around reorienting our city’s martial elements toward the communities they serve, the evolution of our neighborhood’s armories reminds us that historic preservation is a tool both for honoring the past and for enriching the present.
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Check out the story created by our friends at Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts that includes this beauty, the 8th Regiment Armory between Madison and Park and 94th and 95th Street. https://www.urbanarchive.org/stories/CKd76asjoz3
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📸: Geo. P. Hall & Son, ca. 1884-1914, New-York Historical Society
📸: via @friendsoftheues, photo by Joe Schumacher
#urbanarchive #nychistory #UES #uppereastside #armory #8thregiment #adaptivereuse #preservation

IN THE NEWS: Developer Zoning Fraud
09/01/2020
IN THE NEWS: Developer Zoning Fraud

IN THE NEWS: Developer Zoning Fraud

To view this email in your browser, click here. 1059 Third Avenue 249 East 62nd Street The issue of zoning fraud, heightened by the Buildings Department’s broken self-certification program, was highli

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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!
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