We’re happy to report that Historic Districts Council has chosen Crown Heights as one of the six neighborhoods where it will focus its preservation efforts in 2015. As part of its Six to Celebrate program, the Historic Districts Council will help the Crown Heights North Association revive its preservation campaign. Although Crown Heights has two historic districts, some of the neighborhood’s historic buildings are still at risk for development and demolition. Landmarks calendared Crown Heights North Phase III three years ago, but never voted on the expansion.

Another important — and ambitious — Six to Celebrate project is “Landmarks Under Consideration, Citywide.” These are 150 proposed landmarks that are unprotected, 96 of which Landmarks said it would “decalendar” before backing off the plan last year. The Council plans to “document, publicize and conduct community outreach” for all 150 sites to gather support for designation and to help LPC with its backlog. In Brooklyn, the list includes Green-Wood Cemetery, the Lady Moody-Van Sicklen House, and the Forman Building at 183 Broadway.

The Council offers help with research, landmarking, publicity and zoning to community groups in Six to Celebrate, and it hosts walking tours to raise awareness about a chosen neighborhood’s history and architecture.


The Historic Districts Council just announced its annual list of six areas of New York meriting preservation, as part of its Six to Celebrate campaign this year. Over the year, the HDC will offer hands-on assistance in a number of preservation issues, like documentation, research, zoning, landmarking, publicity, and public outreach. Here in Queens, the HDC selected the Forest Close neighborhood of Forest Hills as an area worth celebrating. Here’s what they have to say about Forest Close:

Designed in 1927 in the spirit of the garden city movement, Forest Close is a charming nook of 38 neo-Tudor houses surrounding a shared communal garden. While the Forest Close Association maintains covenants that regulate design and open space elements of the community and advises residents on design guidelines for building projects, they are now exploring other tools to better protect the area’s special character. The Association is working to engage residents and local stakeholders to promote the preservation of this lush neighborhood in Forest Hills.

The 2014 groups will be formally introduced at the Six to Celebrate Launch Party on Wednesday, January 29th, 6 to 8pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street. You can get tickets here.

Photo by Michael Perlman


The Historic Districts Council is hosting a public presentation with Campani and Schwarting Architects on what the HDC is calling “the largest proposal in the history of the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District.” The proposal, of course, is an eight-unit housing development that incorporates the historic 1931 Aluminaire House on the corner of 39th Avenue and 50th Street. The architects will present their plan and respond to questions and Simeon Bankoff, the Executive Director of HDC, will moderate. Many residents aren’t happy with the proposed development, which will be up for a Landmarks Preservation vote on September 24th. The meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, September 12th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It’s at the Sunnyside Garden Apartments Social Hall, 51-01 39th Avenue. Make sure you enter through the semi-circular entrance in the middle of the building and take the right stairway to the basement door on the right.

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