Walking With Warhol

 

Forget about 15 minutes! Andy Warhol spent more than 15 years living and working on the Upper East Side. In this walking tour, architectural historian Matt Postal will make Warhol’s world pop. We’ll see two of Warhol’s residences, and find out where he created his iconic Campbell’s Soup cans. Along the way, we’ll get a taste of how our neighborhood supported and influenced his pioneering art, scoping out sites related not only to Andy’s own exhibitions, but also to those of his fellow artists and most loyal patrons. Since Warhol covered so much ground over his storied career, this tour will follow suit; we’ll wind our way all the way from 89th Street to 66th Street, stopping for sensational stories from Andy’s uptown escapades. Pop in and join us!
Saturday, April 27th
11:00 a.m.
 
Meeting point provided upon registration
Rain or shine
$15 FRIENDS Members, $25 Non-Members.
 
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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Zoning in Action: Building Blocks on the Upper East Side

 
 
Jane Jacobs, the namesake of the Municipal Art Society’s annual Jane’s Walk, was famous for her advocacy for human-scale development. As over development and “super tall” buildings threaten the human-scale of New York’s residential neighborhoods, we’ll take a thrilling dive into the zoning ordinances that help keep that development in check! From floor area ratio to R8B, and POPS we’ll see zoning in action on this tour of the Upper East Side led by urban planner George Janes. While zoning is one of the fundamental factors that shape the look and feel of our city, NYC’s zoning resolution weighs in at nearly 4,000 pages – not exactly light reading. Join us as we translate abstract land use concepts from the page to street, with a focus on recently proposed zoning reforms that seek to limit the exploitation of zoning loopholes — like mechanical voids — as well as local projects upending long held notions of open space that are contributing to over development in residential neighborhoods.
 
Presented as part of Jane’s Walk 2019, hosted by the Municipal Art Society.

Saturday, May 4th
11:00 a.m.
 
Meeting Location: N/E Corner of East 86th Street and East End Avenue
Rain or shine
Free to the public, advance registration is required. 
 
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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Divine Design: Religious Architecture and Community in Yorkville

 

The Upper East Side is home to an extraordinary array of divine designs. In conjunction with the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s 9th Annual Sacred Sites Open House, architectural historian and preservation consultant Gregory Dietrich will lead us through some of the area’s most eclectic ecclesiastical architecture! As we make our way around the eastern portion of this area known as Yorkville, we will visit a vast array of houses of worship that once catered to immigrant groups that settled in the area including Germans, Irish, Czechs, and Hungarians. Since these styles are as diverse as the communities that called the Upper East Side home, this tour will explore both sacred buildings and community buildings in the neighborhood. We’ll consider why the Upper East Side was so ripe for a profusion of religious architecture, and how each immigrant community expressed its identity through its sacred sites.
 
Sunday, May 19th
11:00 a.m.
Meeting point provided upon registration
Rain or shine
 
Free to the public, advance registration is required
 
 
*Note* Registration for this program will be managed exclusively by the
New York Landmarks Conservancy through Eventbrite.
Registration will begin on May 3, 2019. The Eventbrite link will be shared by FRIENDS when it is live and will also be found HERE.

For more information or questions about Sacred Sites Open House or registration, please visit https://sacredsitesopenhouse.org/ or email sacredsites@nylandmarks.org.
 
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Building Community: The Architecture of the Rhinelander Family

The history of New York real estate and architecture is awash in German-American heritage, counting among its ranks such tycoons as John Jacob Astor and John G. Wendel. But in Yorkville, no name stands out as prominently as Rhinelander. One of New York’s most prominent early land-owning families, the Rhinelanders arrived in New York in the late 17th century, and began developing their holdings in Yorkville in the 1880s, as the neighborhood’s growing immigrant communities made the area a magnet for progressive housing reform. On this tour, led by FRIENDS’ President Franny Eberhart, we’ll explore highlights of the Hardenhergh/Rhinelander Historic District, focusing on how the family’s community-minded architectural commissions, and significant philanthropy, left a rich architectural and social legacy in the neighborhood. Along the way, we’ll see some of the city’s first “Modern” apartment buildings, learn what the “French Flat” has to do with Yorkville’s German heritage, and discover the district’s “verdant treasure.”
Thursday, June 6th

6:00 p.m.
Meeting point provided upon registration
Rain or shine
 
$15 FRIENDS members, $25 non-members
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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Step in, Stand Clear, Drink Up!

Thanks to the Second Avenue Subway, you can get all the way from the Upper East Side to Coney Island via the Q Train. We’re kicking off summer, and celebrating this new route to the beach, with a transit history talk and beer tasting at Ryan’s Daughter. As we relax over summery sips, architectural historian Francis Morrone will trace the development of transit on the Upper East Side from horse cars to steam engines to subways. We’ll find out how the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Els carried newcomers to Yorkville, helping the neighborhood’s immigrant communities flourish; see how transit on Park Avenue “went electric” and made the area one of the most prestigious addresses in the country, and discover who’s behind the MTA’s new spectacular subway art.
 
Thursday, June 20th
6:30 p.m.
Ryan’s Daughter
350 East 85th Street
 
$15 for FRIENDS Members, $25 for Non-Members 
 
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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