Read All About It! FRIENDS Winter 2016/Spring 2017 Newsletter

Stay updated on all of the latest FRIENDS news with our Winter 2016/Spring 2017 Newsletter! Become a member today to receive our printed newsletter in the mail, guaranteeing the most up-to-date news on the landmarks, historic districts, and more on the Upper East Side.

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First Avenue Estate: The Battle Continues

Although the federal case is over, Stahl continues to push on at the state level, and has filed an appeal to the New York State Appellate Division. FRIENDS has filed a second amicus curiae brief in support of the City, and we are thankful for the support of our fellow amici: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, State Asssembly Member Rebecca Seawright, City Council Member Benjamin Kallos, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation League of New York State, the Municipal Art Society, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Historic Districts Council, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic PreservationLandmark West!, and Friends of the First Avenue Estate.

Check out our Spring 2017 Events!

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 a 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.

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
Click HERE to register.


“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 Postal  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
Click HERE to register.


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
Click HERE to register.


Also, check out the Historic District Council’s walking tours of Yorkville!

Last year,  we were delighted that Yorkville was one of HDC’s Six to Celebrate neighborhoods! Continue to celebrate this great neighborhood by joining HDC and guide Francis Morrone on a series of walking tours on Yorkville’s immigrant history.

Saturday, April 1st
Saturday, May 6th
Saturday, June 3rd

For tour information and registration, click HERE.

Putting on our Detective Hats at “Building History Detectives: Upper East Side”

Last week, FRIENDS and the Neighborhood Preservation Center co-sponsored “Building History Detectives: Upper East Side,” a talk with architectural historian, Susan De Vries. Held inside the beautiful Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in Yorkville, aspiring researchers gathered to learn about the online tools you can use to research the architectural, cultural, and social history of a building. Using the resources available, Susan picked a case study building, and was even able to find historic advertisements and floor plans!

To embark on your own building research, click HERE for the resource guide handed out at the talk, which lists some of the best resources available.

34th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony: Monday, March 27th

Photo: Park Avenue Armory Veterans’ Room by James Ewing/OTTO

We are pleased to hold our 34th Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony at The Cosmopolitan Club. The Regency Revival-style building was designed by architect Thomas Harlan Ellett in 1932 and is a fitting setting to recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and advocacy work on the Upper East Side over the past year.

Please join us in celebrating our awardees at this momentous occasion!

Monday, March 27th, 2017
The Cosmopolitan Club
122 East 66th Street
6:30 p.m.

*Proper attire is required (jackets for men and attire of similar formality for women).


Renaissance Award
34 East 68th Street

Exterior Restoration Award
Yorkville Bank Building

Interior Restoration Award

The Veterans’ Room at the Park Avenue Armory

Good Stewardship Award
Environmental Playscape at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Restoring Modernism Award
The Met Breuer

Technology Award
The New York Preservation Archive Project

Click here to RSVP

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