Attack of the Killer Megatowers:
How to Preserve Quality of Life in a Changing Upper East Side

With the opening of the Second Avenue Subway and the influx of new development on the Upper East Side, zoning and preservation are two critical tools to help guide reasonable growth of our neighborhood. But are you up to speed on the basics? Join FRIENDS and urban planning consultants George Janes and Ethel Sheffer for a crash course on these key factors to our city. Learn about the different types of zoning, how the Landmarks Preservation Commission works, and find out what FAR stands for (and how it should be changed) so that you can become an advocate for our neighborhood. Perfect for those involved in local block associations, aspiring community board members, or anyone interested in helping to plan for the future of New York City.

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the John E. Streb Fund for New York of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Saturday, May 13th
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

St. Jean Baptiste High School
173 East 75th Street

$10 members, $20 non-members
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“Modern” Times: A Walking Tour

The Upper East Side boasts Modern and Post-Modern designs by some of the most prominent architects of the mid-twentieth century and beyond. From unique rowhouses by Edward Durell Stone, William Lescaze, Philip Johnson, and Paul Rudolph, to such institutions as the Asia Society and the Fifth Avenue Synagogue – the Upper East Side has it all! Come and see how architects have incorporated these fashionable styles into the eclectic mix of architecture in the area. Veteran tour guide, professor, and architectural historian Matthew PostalĀ  will show us highlights of some of the best designs in the neighborhood.

Saturday, May 20th
2:00 p.m.

Meeting location provided upon registration.

$10 members, $20 non-members
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Art Deco on the Upper East Side: A Walking Tour

Straight from the source of the “definitive guide to New York City’s Art Deco architecture,” veteran tour guide Anthony W. Robins will help uncover the somewhat elusive Art Deco architecture of the Upper East Side. Although the more conservative Upper East Side never attracted as much Art Deco flash as other areas in New York City, nestled amongst the townhouses and stately apartment buildings are fine examples by some of the greatest architects of the period. Robins, who has been leading architectural tours for over 25 years, will point out buildings detailed in his latest book, New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture (June 2017, Excelsior Editions). Join us as a “Deco Detective” as we visit an apartment house by Raymond Hood (of Rockefeller Center fame); one of Manhattan’s very few Art Deco townhouses; the elegant Carlyle Hotel; and one of the first Art Deco apartment buildings in New York City. Following the tour will be a book sale and signing.

Sunday, June 4th
2:00 p.m.

Meeting location will be provided upon registration.

$10 members, $20 non-members
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