For thirty years, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts has been dedicated to preserving the architectural legacy, livability, and sense of place of the Upper East Side.

Current Initiatives

LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION
The Preservation Committee at FRIENDS reviews every Upper East Side Certificate of Appropriateness item before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, offering advisory testimony at each public hearing. Click here for more information.


PLANNING & ZONING
As the Upper East Side faces rapid change, much of which stems from the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, FRIENDS is dedicated to fighting for sound development across the entire neighborhood.  In 2015, FRIENDS commissioned BFJ Planning to examine the parts of the Upper East Side most vulnerable to out-of-scale development. In response to findings from the study, FRIENDS is working to examine ways to amend our area’s zoning to help encourage reasonable, rather than out-of-scale, buildings. Click below to view our work.

PLANNING & ZONING

 

PRIVATELY OWNED PUBLIC SPACES
The Upper East Side contains a total of 73 Privately Owned Public Spaces, a vital source of open space in our neighborhoods. FRIENDS encourages the implementation of improvements in these unique spaces, which are valuable public assets.

PRIVATELY OWNED PUBLIC SPACES

 

CITY & SUBURBAN HOMES FIRST AVENUE ESTATE
FRIENDS has been fighting to save the City & Suburban Homes First Avenue Estate for decades. Click here for more information about the recent hardship application.


Neighborhood Associations

The Upper East Side boasts a number of neighborhood associations that advocate for our community. Click the link below for a current directory of these associations.

NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS