This spring, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts will celebrate outstanding achievement in preservation, architecture, and advocacy on the Upper East Side during our 34th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.
The award categories are flexible and can vary each year. Among other areas of accomplishment, previous winners have demonstrated excellence in Restoration, Rehabilitation, Design, and Stewardship. Individuals and advocacy groups who have displayed extraordinary achievement in the field of preservation are also eligible.
FRIENDS seeks nominations for both architecture and advocacy. The awards committee will consider all submissions, large and small, that have furthered the cause of maintaining the special sense of place of the Upper East Side.
Please read our eligibility requirements below and submit nominations by January 6, 2017.
SUBMISSION ENCLOSURES FOR ARCHITECTURE
The federal battle is over for Stahl York Ave. Co., LLC, owner of the City & Suburban Homes Company First Avenue Estate, an individual landmark.
The buildings, constructed by the City and Suburban Homes Company in 1915, were designated as individual landmarks by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for the significance of their design and their pioneering role in social housing reform. Home to longtime tenants of modest income, these buildings continue to be a source of affordable housing on the Upper East Side.
LPC denied Stahl’s hardship application, which claimed that the owner suffered an unconstitutional taking as a result of the City’s decision to designate the First Avenue Estate buildings as an individual landmark. In January, the New York State Supreme Court upheld LPC’s denial of this application.
After years of legal battles, the U.S. Supreme Court has denied Stahl an appeal. In September, FRIENDS wrote to you about Stahl’s attempt to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now we can happily report that the federal case is closed! The New York State case is still pending, but experts are confident that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision will have a direct impact on the outcome of the State case.
Last year, FRIENDS filed an amicus curiae brief, gathering the support of our elected officials and other preservation organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This case is precedent-setting for other landmark properties in our city and has implications far beyond the First Avenue Estate.
Thanks to YOU for helping make this happen!
FRIENDS is grateful to our partners who joined us in filing the amicus brief:
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney State Senator Liz Krueger State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright City Coucil Member Benjamin Kallos Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer National Trust for Historic Preservation Preservation League of New York State New York Landmarks Conservancy* Historic Districts Council Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Landmark West! Friends of the First Avenue Estate
*The Conservancy submitted its own brief.
For more information:
Visit here for updates and a timeline of the case.
“New York City’s Landmarks Commission Wins Important Takings Lawsuit” by Will Cook, National Trust for Historic Preservation, March 29, 2016.
“Responding to Misleading Arguments Against Local Landmark Laws” by David J. Brown, National Trust for Historic Preservation, July 25, 2016.
Since 1995, the educational programs at FRIENDS have reached over 1,500 first through fifth grade children annually to teach them about New York City’s built environment. Building Fun has been one of FRIENDS’ Key Programs with the aim of introducing students to the idea that buildings can talk and tell us stories about their use, materials, age, and purpose through classroom lessons, a neighborhood walking tour, and hands-on activities.
After the success of Building Fun, FRIENDS has created Building Fun Basics, geared towards younger students in preschool and kindergarten. This hour-long lesson consists of time in the classroom introducing young learners to shapes, colors, textures, and materials in architecture, followed by a brief excursion in the neighborhood near the school to find examples of themes learned indoors. Our hope is that this program will reach even more children and awaken young students’ interest in architecture at an early age.
Along with Building Fun Basics, our three original programs are also available: Building Fun, Yorkville Immigration, and Landmarks & Preservation. We are happy to announce that any one program is free for a school trying that program for the first time!
In June 2014, The Frick Collection announced plans to expand the institution, which included the replacement of the prized Russell Page garden with a new, out-of-scale tower. FRIENDS, among many other groups like Unite to Save the Frick, opposed these inappropriate plans. After much criticism, the Frick withdrew its proposal the following year.
Yesterday, the Frick announced that after a year of consideration, Selldorf Architects has been chosen to design an upgrade, enhancement, and expansion of the museum’s facilities. The Frick states that the new design will work within the museum’s existing footprint while preserving the domestic scale and aesthetic of the original home and gardens.
To learn more about the Frick’s recent decision, read: “Frick Collection Names Selldorf Architects for Its Renovation,” The New York Times, October 20, 2016.