Extra! Extra! FRIENDS’ Fall 2018 Newsletter

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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FRIENDS on the
Front Lines Contesting Overdevelopment… pg. 2
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Shaped by Immigrants in Print and On Film!… pg. 3
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FRIENDS’ Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting & Awards… pg. 5
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First Avenue Estate Update –
Is the Battle Finally Over?… pg. 7

There’s Still Time to Order Your Holiday Copy!

A book that celebrates the soul of our community.

“FRIENDS is delving into the boundless historical, cultural, architectural, mercantile and ecclesiastical treasures of Yorkville – at a time that heritage seems most in jeopardy.”

– Douglas Feiden, Our Town
 
Shaped by Immigrants is a richly illustrated and engaging history of one of New York City’s most fascinating immigrant communities. Since the book’s release last month, we’ve been thrilled by its reception, including  this glowing review by Douglas Feiden in Our Town.
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FRIENDS wants you to know that there is still time to place an order and have it delivered for the holidays.
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Proceeds from book sales directly support FRIENDS’ mission to preserve the architectural legacy, livability, and sense of place of the Upper East Side and be the leading voice for common sense development.
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Regular Price: $30
Current FRIENDS Member Price: $20
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2019 ANNUAL AWARDS Call for Entries

2019 ANNUAL AWARDS  
Call for Entries
– Deadline Monday, January 7th –  
2018 Distinctive Achievement Award: MTA Arts & Design: Second Avenue Subway Art 
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This spring, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts will celebrate outstanding achievement in preservation, architecture, and advocacy on the Upper East Side during our  36th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.
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The award categories are flexible and can vary each year. Among other areas of accomplishment, previous winners  have demonstrated excellence in Restoration, Rehabilitation, Design, and Stewardship.  Individuals and advocacy groups who have displayed extraordinary achievement in the field of preservation are also eligible.
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FRIENDS seeks nominations for both architecture and advocacy. The awards committee will consider all submissions, large and small, that have furthered the cause of maintaining the special sense of place of the Upper East Side.

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 Please read our eligibility requirements below and submit nominations by  Monday January 7, 2019 .

Eligibility
  1. Projects must be located between 59th and 110th Streets, and between 5th Avenue and the East River, including Central Park.
  2. Projects must have been substantially completed between December 1, 2017 and December 1, 2018.
  3. Only the exteriors of architectural projects and/or historically significant interiors will be considered.
  4. Preservation projects should be for restoration, rehabilitation, or adaptive re-use of historic buildings (including Post World War II architecture). The buildings may be located either in or out of the historic districts.
  5. New construction is also eligible.
  6. Individuals or advocacy groups must have contributed to the preservation of the Upper East Side’s built environment.
Contact skamillatos@friends-ues.org for more information, 

or click here to download the nomination form.

The Perfect Gift For The Upper East Sider in Your Life

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.
Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”-Groucho Marx

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we think it is safe to say that Groucho Marx would have loved receiving this beautiful new book about the Yorkville Neighborhood.
 
You probably already know that FRIENDS of the Upper East Side is currently waging an urgent fight to save the beloved Marx Brothers Playground in Yorkville.
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Here is your chance to support FRIENDS by purchasing this perfect holiday gift for your personal Groucho… or for anyone who loves the Upper East Side!
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Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville is the richly illustrated story of the neighborhood’s development and its immigrant roots, featuring breathtaking archival images and dazzling contemporary photographs specially commissioned for the project.
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It describes the fascinating evolution of Yorkville in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a home to Czechoslovakian, German, Hungarian, Irish, and other immigrant groups. The lasting imprint of these groups is still visible in Yorkville’s historic architecture, and the buildings where they lived, worked, shopped, and prayed continue to define the neighborhood’s unique character.
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Regular Price: $30
Current FRIENDS Member Price: $20
 

More than 700,000 1940’s Tax Photos Now Available Online

Hundreds of Thousands of 1940’s Tax Photos are Now Available to View Online!

RKO Proctor’s 86th Street Theatre, Designed by Thomas W. Lamb
Source: NYC Municipal Archives

From 1939-1941, every building in New York City’s Five Boroughs was documented in a series of Tax Photos through a joint effort by the Works Progress Administration and the New York City Department of Taxation. The culmination of a long-awaited digitization effort, these images have now been made available online through the Municipal Archive’s digital gallery. This digitization provides unparalleled access to this crucial tool for researching the history of our city’s buildings.
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The image negatives from the 40’s were left untouched until 1980 when they were sent to Denver, Colorado and transferred to microfilm strips that were cataloged and returned to New York City. Viewing the 1940’s tax photo of a property used to mean a trip to the Municipal Archives downtown where they are permanently housed, but now the full collection of more than 700,000 images can be accessed from the comfort of your home or office. Just find the block and lot numbers of the address you wish to view to access the appropriate record within the collection. Happy exploring!
 
READ MORE:
The 1940 Tax Photos-A Well-Traveled Collection.” by Kelli O’Toole, New York Department of Information Services Blog, November 2, 2018.