A Room of One’s Own: A Social and Architectural History of Women’s Institutions on the Upper East Side

Since the 19th Century, the Upper East Side has been home to clubs, schools, residences, political institutions, and professional associations catering exclusively to women. From the Cosmopolitan Club to the Colonial Dames of America; Hunter College to the former Barbizon Hotel, the Upper East Side has a rich cache of iconic women’s spaces. On this walking tour, offered during Women’s History Month by Historian and FRIENDS’ Public Events Consultant Lucie Levine, we will dive into the architectural and social history of these establishments, and delve into more than 100 years of local women’s history through the spaces they made their own.

Sunday, March 8th

10:00 a.m.

Meeting point provided upon registration
$15 FRIENDS members, $25 non-members

To verify your current membership status call (212) 535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org

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The Brownstone Bible is Back!

The Brownstone Bible is back and brand-new! Charles Lockwood’s seminal 1972 classic, Bricks and Brownstone, helped kick off New York’s brownstone revival, and energized the city’s preservation movement. The newly revised and expanded edition includes updated text, additional chapters, and specially commissioned photography. In conjunction with The Historic House Trust and the New York Preservation Archive Project, we invite you to join us in The Parks Department’s Arsenal Gallery, where preservationist, and coauthor of the new edition, Patrick W. Ciccone will offer an illustrated look at how bricks and brownstone transformed New York the streetscape and became synonymous with the city! 

Wednesday, April 15th

6:30 p.m.

The Arsenal Gallery
830 Fifth Avenue
$15 FRIENDS members, $25 non-members

To verify your current membership status call (212) 535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org

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Living with Landmarks: A Celebration of Successful Community Advocacy at City and Suburban

April 2020 marks the 55th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, and this year, our neighborhood has something extra special to celebrate as we honor this milestone year. As of October, 2019, the City and Suburban First Avenue Estate has been saved from demolition, thanks to a years-long, hard-fought battle waged by the LPC, our elected officials, and concerned preservation organizations like FRIENDS.

The First Avenue Estate, built in 1915, stands out as one of the first privately-financed attempts to improve workers’ housing in New York City, and is a unique example of early progressive housing reform. Catering to a large immigrant tenant community, The First Avenue Estate offered nearly-unheard-of luxuries like light and air, which marked a vast improvement over traditional tenements, and helped Yorkville’s diverse communities thrive. 

We invite you to join us, several of our elected officials, and representatives of the LPC, for a community celebration, reception, and panel discussion, exploring the cultural and architectural history of these buildings, and considering the legacy of the fight to preserve them.

Moderator Lisa Ackerman will speak with panelists Andrew Dolkart, Will Cook and Anthony C. Wood regarding the cultural significance, architectural history, community advocacy, and legal significance of the First Avenue Estate, and the battle to protect it. Following our panel, over cake and refreshments, local officials and fellow advocates will offer remarks on what First Avenue Estate, and the fight to preserve it, means to the history – and future – of our community!

Monday, April 27th

6:30 p.m.

Weiss Café at The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue
Free, RSVP required

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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.


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