Now Available! Get Your Copy of Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville
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FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is proud to present Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville, an illustrated history of Yorkville’s development and its immigrant roots. This original publication, researched and written by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side, describes the compelling history of the Yorkville neighborhood as it developed 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 book tells the history against the backdrop of buildings remaining today where immigrants lived, worked, shopped, and prayed. These buildings play an integral role in defining Yorkville’s character, but until now, the comprehensive story of Yorkville has not been told.Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville blends FRIENDS’ in-depth historic research and writing with an engaging collection of historic images from several institutional archives in New York City, alongside contemporary photographs of the neighborhood commissioned for this project. As a companion to the book, FRIENDS has also produced a 15-minute mini documentary film chronicling Yorkville’s history. The film features interviews with longtime residents and architectural historians, and it showcases the neighborhood’s history and development through their eyes. This project was funded, in part, by Council Member Ben Kallos and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
CLICK BELOW TO WATCH THE STORY OF SHAPED BY IMMIGRANTS: A HISTORY OF YORKVILLE! UNFOLD IN FRIENDS’ NEW DOCUMENTARY!
To view the individual chapters, please click the links below:
Part I – Immigrant Life
Part II – Engines of Developments
Part III – Buildings and Institutions
This program is 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 Legislature.
BSA Update: Second Public Hearing for 180 East 88th Street
180 East 88th Street to Have Second
Board of Standards and Appeals Public Hearing
(Left) L-Shaped building lot pre-construction (Right) Rendering by DDG
If this reckless tactic is upheld by the BSA, the very standards of contextual zoning
could come under threat by developers hoping to abandon predictable forms in pursuit of higher profits
-all at the cost of the livability and architectural integrity of residential neighborhoods. Such a departure from the standards of the Zoning Resolution would yield innumerable consequences for pedestrians, residents, and neighbors
, and would undermine the zoning regulations that have been in place for decades.
180 East 88th Street has utilized numerous other tactics, including excessive floor to ceiling heights and an unnecessary intra-building void
, that undermine the predictability of development in New York, nullify zoning provisions that were designed to promote livability and thoughtful urban design, and similarly threaten our residential neighborhoods.
FRIENDS, along with other advocacy groups and elected officials
, continue to fight for common-sense zoning reform and amendments to the zoning resolution to curtail the use of loopholes.
YOUR PRESENCE MATTERS!
Show your support of FRIENDS and Carnegie Hill Neighbors’ challenge through attendance at the Board of Standards and Appeals.
Tuesday, October 30th
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
22 Reade Street, Spector Hall
A New Chair for the Landmarks Preservation Commission
Mayor de Blasio Appoints A New LPC Chair
Sarah Carroll, right, has been appointed as Chair of the LPC. (Photo by Nathan Haselby for Bklyner.)
Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio nominated Sarah Carroll
as the new Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)
, a position that has been vacant since June. Ms. Carroll has served as the Executive Director of the LPC since 2014, and she has been at the agency for 24 years, including serving as LPC’s Director of Preservation from 2005 until 2014. She holds an MFA in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.
At a City Council confirmation hearing last week, Ms. Carroll emphasized her plan to continue to increase agency transparency and outreach to both designated and un-designated neighborhoods to educate about the work of the LPC. She also spoke about promoting and maintaining productive communication with community groups, and the need to identify properties for designation early, particularly those with outstanding cultural value. This nomination was met with widespread support
and Ms. Carroll’s appointment was approved unanimously
at a City Council Stated Meeting this past Wednesday, September 26th. FRIENDS looks forward forward to continuing to work toward our City’s preservation together with Ms. Carroll during her tenure as LPC Chair.