LEARN ABOUT THE UPPER EAST SIDE’S SEVEN HISTORIC DISTRICTS

There are seven historic districts and 128 individual landmarks on the Upper East Side. To help protect the city’s landmarks from inappropriate changes, additions or destruction, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) must approve in advance any alteration, demolition, or new construction that could affecting a designated building. FRIENDS reviews these changes and makes recommendations to the LPC.

What is a historic district?
A historic district is an area of the city that has been designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it has a special character or a special historical or aesthetic interest that causes it to have a distinct “sense of place.” Each historic district represents at least one period or style of architecture typical of one or more eras in the city’s history. Historic districts may contain a variety of building types and styles from several different eras.

CARNEGIE HILL    TREADWELL FARM

HENDERSON PLACE    UPPER EAST SIDE

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM    HARDENBERGH/RHINELANDER

PARK AVENUE

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Landmarks are not always buildings. A landmark may be a bridge, a park, a water tower, a pier, a cemetery, a building lobby, a sidewalk clock, a fence, or even a tree. A property or object is eligible for landmark status when at least part of it is thirty years old or older.What is a landmark?
A landmark is a building, property, or object that has been designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it has a special character or special historical or aesthetic interest or value as part of the development, heritage, or cultural characteristics of the city, state, or nation.

 

For more information:
Bibliography of Upper East Side Architecture
Useful Preservation Links
How to research a New York City building