In recent months, building proposals for two exceptionally important sites on the Upper East Side burst into the news: an enormous addition proposed for the FRICK COLLECTION and a new apartment tower next to the PARK AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
These two proposals remind us how important landmark protections are to our neighborhood, and how astonishingly insensitive development proposals can be. Despite 50 years of experience since our Landmarks Law was passed, and despite the spectacular success of historic districts like ours, naysayers still challenge the values and even the legitimacy of preservation.
That’s where FRIENDS comes in. From the micro – the examination of alterations to your favorite storefront – to the macro, an owner’s challenge to the constitutionality of the Landmarks Law itself, FRIENDS speaks up and speaks for YOU.
Happily, our work at FRIENDS is not always so defensive. We are also intensely proactive, completing this year a photographic survey of all the buildings between Lexington Avenue and the East River, from 59th Street to 96th Street, nearly 200 blocks and thousands of structures. We undertook the survey in anticipation of the many changes that are likely to come with the completion of the Second Avenue Subway, and in recognition of the threat posed by the outrageous “supertowers” cropping up in Midtown.
And, we have our very popular education program for children, whom our founder, Halina Rosenthal, called “low-rise people.” Indeed! We proudly teach over 1,200 children from East 57th Street to East Harlem every year.
Your financial support is critical to all these efforts, providing about 20% of our modest annual budget. We depend on concerned citizens like YOU so that we can be an effective advocate, and are very grateful for your support.
If you believe in the livability and sense of place of the Upper East Side, please consider making a year-end donation today.
Warmest wishes to all,
Franny Eberhart President
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 9, 2014.
The first snowflakes of the season are falling, Santa has made his appearance at the local mall, and Christmas lights are starting to light up the night. The holidays are just around the corner. That means holiday work functions, ugly Christmas sweater parties with friends, and family get-togethers. You’ve always loved the holidays, but this […]
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Georg Jensen, a new book by renowned entrepreneur and design curator Murray Moss explores the illustrious history of the preeminent luxury silver brand. Founded in 1904 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the well-known silversmith quickly expanded all over the world. The company has had a presence in New York City since the 1920s and their shop on Madison Avenue has become a fixture on the Upper East Side. Mr. Moss will discuss his new book, which provides a privileged look at some of the most stunning products the company has produced to date.
Tuesday, December 9th 6:30 p.m.
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue
$15 members, $20 non-members
Presented in Partnership with Scandinavia House
Click HERE to purchase tickets.
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As the holidays approach and you prepare for the annual family gatherings, office parties and other festive engagements, you want to look your best. You shopped until you found the perfect holiday wardrobe and you’ve bought some amazing jewelry and accessories. When you try on the entire ensemble at home and look in the mirror, everything looks perfect. Except […]
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On Sunday Robin Pogrebin at the New York Times published an article about the Frick expansion, bringing to light a statement from the museum’s testimony before the landmarks Preservation Commission in 1973:
“The Frick Collection has decided to abandon its long-range plans for a wing covering the three vacant lots,” the museum said in the documents from 1973, “thus enabling the proposed garden to become a permanent feature instead of the interim garden.”
The article also quoted FRIENDS:
“Among the groups that have voiced their disapproval are the Historic Districts Council, which reviews presentations on landmark properties headed for the landmarks commission, and Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. In September, the friends group wrote a letter to the Frick likening its garden to the White House lawn. “It can be fully appreciated, in all its majesty,” the group said, “without stepping foot inside the gate.””
To learn more and voice your opinion, visit Unite to Save the Frick.
Do you cringe when you look in the mirror and see an extra chin? It used to be that the only way to get rid of a double chin was to lose a lot of weight and hope that the extra fat left that area of the body. Unfortunately, this method is far from effective. […]