Nearly a year to the date of the denial of the hardship application, on May 21, 2015, the Federal court dismissed the owner’s lawsuit for “failure to state a cause of action for a substantive due process violation.” However, we still await a decision from the State Supreme Court and have no real indication of when that might come. We do expect the owner will continue to appeal to the highest levels, so our continued work on this issue is essential.
Exporting Preservation: NYC to Tbilisi
This year, New York City is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law and all the benefits it has provided to our city. Our law, and the advocacy community that supports it, has served as a model for municipalities around the country, and indeed around the world.
It is in this context that the US State Department invited Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Tara Kelly, executive director of Friends of the Upper East Side, to the Republic of Georgia to share best practices in cultural heritage preservation and advocacy. Each spent a week last fall lecturing to various audiences from high school students to members Parliament about how to save and celebrate 1,500 years of history in Tbilisi.
Join us on May 28th as they recount their experiences “exporting” preservation from New York City to the Caucasus. Architect and executive director of the American Friends of Georgia, Lena Kiladze will introduce a brief chronicle of the city, and conservation consultant Mary Kay Judy will discuss early preservation initiatives in the post-Soviet era. It is sure to be a fascinating program!
Thursday, May 28th The General Society Library 20 West 44th Street
Doors open at 6:00pm Presentation at 6:30pm Reception to follow
This program is hosted in partnership with the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
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If spring is here, that means summer is soon to follow ~ playing outdoors, weekends at the beach, running on the boardwalk, picnics in the park. All of the things we New Yorkers crave while snow is on the ground (which this year seemed to be forever.)The warmer it gets, and the fewer layers we wear, many of us revisit those new year resolutions, or just are extra sure to adhere to our normally healthy lifestyle.Thankfully, Butterfield Marketmakes it easy for us with their many options to choose from.
If you enjoyed the first film, then by all means run to your closest theater and revel in all things Avengers. If you had no interest in the first one or you are completely in the dark when comes to Marvel mythology, then you are walking into the wrong theater. Age of Ultron picks up just where the first film left off and even had a prologue on last week's "Agents of Shield" TV show. A very clever tie-in, indeed. The film starts loud, never lets up and is an absolute assault on the senses (especially in Imax 3D). Of course if you are a fan, it's just what you want as the characters come to life, perfectly sprung from their comic book pages. The returning stars slip into their characters easily and James Spader is the perfect choice as the voice of Ultron. Writer/director Joss Whedon is the most powerful Avenger of all, charged with overseeing the continuous growth of this mighty franchise. While he does mess with true Marvel mythology to better serve the story (this purist was indeed bothered by Ultron's film origin), he still knows how to satisfy his audience with plenty of action, great one-liners, cameos galore, and evenly split screen time for all our heroes (even Hawkeye). When your villain is a cold blooded robot, Mr. Whedon feels it's necessary to include warm-hearted subplots but they slow things down and don't really add anything to characters we already know so well. The big finale, while exciting enough, is a rehash of the first film substituting killer robots for an invading alien army but it's forgiven since this is ultimately just another chapter in a very long story. More familiar characters from the books are also introduced to broaden the Avengers universe and yes, further promise of Thanos awaits.
YORKVILLE URBAN HISTORY HUNT
Saturday, May 9th 1:00 p.m.In partnership with the Go Game, FRIENDS is offering a high-tech urban adventure, sending teams on a mission to discover the remnants of Yorkville’s history! x Groups will engage with the built environment and compete against other teams while discovering how immigrants lived on the Upper East Side more than a century ago. Earn points as you explore the ins and outs of German Broadway, track down the best apple strudel IN THE WORLD, and stumble upon a wooden farmhouse hidden in the middle of our busy city! x From neighborhood novices to Yorkville experts, we’ve got trivia and challenges for everyone. Gather your own team of players, or we can pair you up at the starting line. After two hours of play on the streets, teams will report back to a secret location for prizes and a celebratory reception. x This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration required. All ages are welcome. x For more information and to register, please click here.