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Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts (FRIENDS) joined community members and elected officials today to praise the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for voting unanimously to deny an owner’s request to demolish landmarked low-income housing on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
The LPC rejected a “hardship application” filed by the owner of the properties, Stahl York Avenue, that would have enabled the demolition of two landmarked Upper East Side apartment buildings that are located within the oldest housing developments built and financed by private companies to provide homes for the city’s working poor. The battle to save these buildings has been going on for decades.
429 East 64th Street and 430 East 65th Street in Manhattan were constructed by City and Suburban Homes Company in 1915 and designated as individual New York City landmarks by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for the significance of their design, as well as their pioneering role in social housing reform. The buildings have a total of 190 rent-regulated units, though since the time of the hardship application 110 apartments have been kept vacant by the owner as part of an effort to redevelop the properties. The remaining units are home to longtime tenants of modest income.
Stahl York Avenue submitted a “hardship application” to the LPC for the demolition of the buildings on the grounds that they do not generate a six percent profit. The owner’s application claimed that even after a $4.5 million renovation it would only be able to achieve average rents of $600 per unit, and that it would not be able to fully occupy the building at these rents.
FRIENDS successfully refuted these claims, presenting evidence of rents at comparable properties that are considerably higher. A report by HR&A Advisors, Inc. thoroughly analyzed rents for similar apartments in the area and showed that the units could easily rent for $1,500 per month and that the vacancy rate would be no greater than five percent.
“These historic buildings are an important example of the effort to improve tenement housing by incorporating generous courtyards and an abundance of windows providing light and air for residents,” said Tara Kelly, Executive Director of FRIENDS. “For years, the owner has sought permission to demolish the properties based on outrageous claims of economic hardship. A landlord has a responsibility to his tenants, and a landmark property owner has a responsibility to the citizens of this city. This vote is a victory for affordable housing, for historic preservation, and, ultimately, for all of New York City.”
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1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!!
More than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun. People who use sunscreen daily show 24% less skin aging then those who do not use daily sunscreen.
I am continually shocked when my new clients tell me they don’t use sunscreen. It’s not fancy, it’s not expensive yet it works!
Get yourself a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 45+ and use it daily. You can thank me later:) My current sunscreen of choice is Intellishade by Revision. It has an SPF of 45 yet feels and smells like a lovely tinted moisturizer.
Retinol or Vitamin A is the most powerful and well researched anti-aging ingredient on the market. It restores normal cell turnover and builds collagen. The end result is a more even complexion, restoration of dull dehydrated skin, diminished acne breakouts, wrinkle reduction and gorgeous skin.
The key to using retinol is to slowly build up to an optimal percentage of 0.5-1.0%. (Equivalent to .05-0.1 % Retin-A) Initial flaking and dryness are normal. Just stay hydrated and go slowly. Your skin will eventually build up a tolerance.
I love the retinols from Cosmedix . They are encapsulated to minimize irritation and range from .01-.1%
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Be hungry for life. Be hungry for the truth. Be hungry to track down your purpose and your destiny. Be hungry to give your gift to others. Be hungry for a better world. As you become more aware of your hunger for life, your hunger for food finds its proper and natural place. You stop fearing your hunger because you’ve actually learned how to welcome it and honor it. When we reduce the larger meaning of hunger to the mere hunger for food, a problematic relationship with food is predictable. Hunger gives us energy. The desire to be fed with a full and complete life ignites a fire in us that can light up the world
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An apartment building designed by Kahn & Jacobs, Paul Resnick & Harry Green, and built in 1959. Application is to re-clad the facade.
CB8 Hearing: 07/14/14 (Approved)LPC Hearing: 07/22/14
Temple Emanu-El, a Guastavino masterpiece on the Upper East Side
Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile is a major exhibition exploring the innovations the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company (1889-1962) brought to the science and art of building. It was originally organized by MIT’s John Ochsendorf, who is a MacArthur Fellow; it is substantially expanded here to include some 20 key Guastavino spaces in the five boroughs.
Join FRIENDS for a tour of this important exhibition and learn about the father and son team and their major impact on the buildings of New York City.
Tuesday, July 22nd 6:00 p.m. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave between 103rd and 104th
$15 Members, $20 Non-Members
Click HERE to purchase tickets.