RESCHEDULED: Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Yorkville

Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Yorkville

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN rESCHEDULED DUE TO INCLEMENT wEATHER!

see new date below:

 
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Who lives in Yorkville? What makes a neighborhood come to life? Join noted hospitality professional Angela Christensen for an early evening walk as we uncover what makes Yorkville tick. Cultural centers and old-world family businesses have shaped Yorkville into a diverse enclave within a residential neighborhood. We will experience the flavor and charm of this neighborhood with treats along the way including the surprising location of an Andy Warhol studio. On our stroll we pass places of interest that will include: Budapest Café, Czech Consulate, Orwashers Bakery, Schaller & Weber, Suburban Hook & Ladder Company No. 13, and the Hungarian Cultural Center.
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NEW DATE:

Wednesday, October 3rd
5:30 p.m.
Meeting point will be provided upon registration.
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Rain or shine.
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$15 FRIENDS members, $25 non-members
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.

You’re Invited to the 15th Annual Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award Dinner!

Please join us as

FRIENDS OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE
HISTORIC DISTRICTS

proudly presents

THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL
AMBASSADOR TO THE UPPER EAST SIDE AWARD

to

Arete warren

Photo by Malcom Brown Photography

Monday, October 1st
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. Dinner
Festive dress

The Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street
New York City

Click HERE to purchase tickets or make a contribution.


Carol and Richard J. Miller, Jr., Chairs
Ann Ziff, Vice Chair
Judith-Ann Corrente and Willem Kooyker, Vice Chairs
Carole and John French III, Vice Chairs
Patricia Begley and George Beane, Vice Chairs
Sanford W. Morhouse, Vice Chair
Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Vice Chairs
Dotty and Lionel Goldfrank III, Vice Chairs
Barbara and James Reibel, Vice Chairs


Arete Warren came to preservation when the National Trust asked her in 1974 to establish the Royal Oak Foundation in New York to help preserve historic English houses and open spaces. Still in her 20s, she was already a seasoned art and architectural historian, having studied art history at Northwestern and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum under John Pope-Hennessy, and then at the Cooper-Hewitt. “I never studied preservation,” she says, “But I love history and I learned how to look and understand what I see.”

Since then, we have all benefited from Arete’s passion and trained eye. She is a scholar of decorative arts and architecture and a garden-design expert. She is co-author of Glasshouses: An Architectural History of Greenhouses, Conservatories, and Orangeries (Rizzoli International, 1988) and author of Gardening by the Book, published in 2013 to accompany the major Grolier Club exhibition she curated.

There is hardly an aspect of civic life in New York that Arete hasn’t touched. Her commitment to protecting what makes New York livable is demonstrated by her leadership roles on the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, the Empire State Plaza Art Commission, the Preservation League of New York State, the Metropolitan Opera and The Garden Club of America.

Arete has made the Upper East Side her home since she arrived in 1973. She still lives in the Charles A. Platt building she moved to in 1985 with her late husband William B. Warren.

Arete is a firm believer in grassroots preservation and a long-time friend and supporter of the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. We are delighted to salute her with the 2018 Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award.

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Mostly Clubs: A Morning Stroll

 
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As the 19th century came to a close, many exclusive Manhattan clubs moved northward to the Upper East Side within walking distance of members’ homes. This walking tour led by architectural historian Matt Postal will consider this trend through various distinguished examples, viewing grand and elegant purpose-built clubhouses that were designed by McKim Mead & White, Delano & Aldrich, and Thomas Harlan Ellett, as well as handsome residences that were converted to club use in the mid-20th century. Highlights will include the Cosmopolitan, Grolier, Knickerbocker, and Union Clubs, among others.

Saturday, September 15th
10:30 a.m.
Meeting point will be provided upon registration.
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Rain or shine.
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$15 FRIENDS members, $25 non-members
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at  info@friends-ues.org.
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Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Yorkville

 
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Who lives in Yorkville? What makes a neighborhood come to life? Join noted hospitality professional Angela Christensen for an early evening walk as we uncover what makes Yorkville tick. Cultural centers and old-world family businesses have shaped Yorkville into a diverse enclave within a residential neighborhood. We will experience the flavor and charm of this neighborhood with treats along the way including the surprising location of an Andy Warhol studio. On our stroll we pass places of interest that will include: Budapest Café, Czech Consulate, Orwashers Bakery, Schaller & Weber, Suburban Hook & Ladder Company No. 13, and the Hungarian Cultural Center.

Wednesday, September 26th
5:30 p.m.
Meeting point will be provided upon registration.
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Rain or shine.
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$15 FRIENDS members, $25 non-members
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.

Photo by Malcom Brown Photography

FRIENDS OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE HISTORIC DISTRICTS

will proudly present

THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL
AMBASSADOR TO THE UPPER EAST SIDE AWARD

to

ARETE WARREN

Monday, October 1st
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. Dinner

The Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street
New York City

Click HERE to purchase tickets or make a contribution.


Carol and Richard J. Miller, Jr., Chairs
Ann Ziff, Vice Chair
Judith-Ann Corrente and Willem Kooyker, Vice Chairs
Carole and John French III, Vice Chairs
Patricia Begley and George Beane, Vice Chairs
Sanford W. Morhouse, Vice Chair
Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Vice Chairs
Dotty and Lionel Goldfrank III, Vice Chairs
Barbara and James Reibel, Vice Chairs


Arete Warren came to preservation when the National Trust asked her in 1974 to establish the Royal Oak Foundation in New York to help preserve historic English houses and open spaces. Still in her 20s, she was already a seasoned art and architectural historian, having studied art history at Northwestern and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum under John Pope-Hennessy, and then at the Cooper-Hewitt. “I never studied preservation,” she says, “But I love history and I learned how to look and understand what I see.”

Since then, we have all benefited from Arete’s passion and trained eye. She is a scholar of decorative arts and architecture and a garden-design expert. She is co-author of Glasshouses: An Architectural History of Greenhouses, Conservatories, and Orangeries (Rizzoli International, 1988) and author of Gardening by the Book, published in 2013 to accompany the major Grolier Club exhibition she curated.

There is hardly an aspect of civic life in New York that Arete hasn’t touched. Her commitment to protecting what makes New York livable is demonstrated by her leadership roles on the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, the Empire State Plaza Art Commission, the Preservation League of New York State, the Metropolitan Opera and The Garden Club of America.

Arete has made the Upper East Side her home since she arrived in 1973. She still lives in the Charles A. Platt building she moved to in 1985 with her late husband William B. Warren.

Arete is a firm believer in grassroots preservation and a long-time friend and supporter of the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. We are delighted to salute her with the 2018 Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award.


Behind the Scenes at Peter Pennoyer Architects

Credit: Peter Pennoyer Architects, 151 East 78th street. Photography by Eric Piasecki.

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Peter Pennoyer Architects
 is an award-winning 50-person firm of architects, interior designers, and related professionals. Founded in 1990, PPA has been recognized as a leading design firm for its substantial and varied body of work for residential, institutional and commercial commissions across the country and abroad. On October 11th, founder and principal Peter Pennoyer will lead a behind the scenes tour of PPA’s office and studios exclusively for members of FRIENDS of the Upper East Side. Join us for a chance to explore the environment in which the PPA team creates the designs for sophisticated details and craftsmanship that strike a balance between comfort, luxury, beauty, and continuity with the past.
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With special thanks to Peter Pennoyer Architects
 
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Thursday, October 11th
6:00 p.m.
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Location: Peter Pennoyer Architects
136 Madison Avenue
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Free for current members of FRIENDS of the Upper East Side.
Advance registration is required.
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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Kleindeutschland in the East Village: A Walking Tour

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Prior to the massive influx of Eastern European Jews after 1880, the Lower East Side, often referred to as “Kleindeutschland” or “Little Germany”, comprised the largest German-speaking community outside of Germany. This population tragically diminished with the noted General Slocum Disaster in the East River, when over a thousand German immigrants perished on a steamship hired for a Sunday School picnic for St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Within a year, most of the German community had left the neighborhood – many who moved north to Yorkville, which became the “new” home of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Join noted tour leader Justin Ferate to discover the remnants of the German roots of the Lower East Side including the Astor Library, the German-American Shooting Club, the Ottendorfer Library, an original Turnverein, Tompkins Square and the haunting memorial to the children who died in the General Slocum Disaster. The tour will also include a private visit to the former St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
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Sunday, October 14th
1:00 p.m.
East Village meeting point will be provided upon registration
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Rain or Shine.
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$15 members , $25 non-members
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Book Launch!

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On November 7th, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side is proud to launch 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, uncovers the compelling story of Yorkville’s immigrant past and patterns of development, and places that history against the backdrop of representative 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.
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We are thrilled to finally share Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville with you! Prepare for a night of celebration, discussion, and the screening of an original documentary mini-series produced by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side. Be one of the first to enjoy the finished product for yourself, or as a gift for one of the Yorkville fans in your life.
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Books will be for sale for the very first time at the event, and online to follow. Active FRIENDS members will receive a special discount on all book purchases. JOIN or RENEW your membership today!
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Wednesday, November 7th
6:30 p.m.
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Location: National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
215 East 71st Street
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Free to the public. Advance registration required.
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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Click HERE to register


After Postmodernism: From Laughed-At to Landmarked

  
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The Postmodern style, the defining look of the 1980s, is not commonly associated with the architecture of the Upper East Side. However, amidst a sea of bricks, brownstone, and Beaux-Arts Classicism, glimpses of Postmodern design sensibility can be found both within the streetscape and in a number of notable interiors in the neighborhood. Buildings that were originally mocked are now respected, and even landmarked, as they are reevaluated decades later. Join Judith Gura, author of Postmodern Design Complete and Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York for a discussion about the origins of this sometimes-controversial style, its influence on architecture, objects, interiors, and graphics, and the indelible marks it has left on the Upper East Side in particular, both inside and out.
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Thursday, November 29th
6:00 p.m.
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New York School of Interior Design,
170 East 70th Street
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$15 FRIENDS members, $25 non-members
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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Click HERE to register


These programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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“Fix our zoning rules,” say Manhattan Borough President and City Council Speaker

“Fix our zoning rules,” say Manhattan Borough President and City Council Speaker

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (center) speaking at a July 2018 press conference held by Council Member Ben Kallos (left) regarding the doctored zoning lot at 180 East 88th Street

Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Speaker Corey Johnson wrote a letter, supported by the entire Manhattan delegation of the City Council, to Department of City Planning Chair Marisa Lago to encourage the agency to address and prevent the suite of loopholes being exploited by developers.

From their letter:
We are writing to follow up on some tremendous work done by our community stakeholders and advocacy groups in the effort to curb excessive, illogical development. All across our borough, developers have found numerous novel workarounds to circumvent the limitations we commonly understood to apply to them under zoning. The resulting out-of-context buildings have spurred community organizing like never before, as everyday residents have committed significant time and resources to highlighting arcane but deeply impactful issues in our zoning rules.” To read the full text of the letter, click here.

They go on to acknowledge the huge need for clarity on the loophole issues like excessive void spaces, mechanical space, floor-to-floor heights, and basic principles such as the definition of a zoning lot that are all being exploited to build out-of-scale megatowers that defy predictability, do nothing to alleviate our city’s housing pressures, and flout the regulations laid out in New York City’s Zoning Resolution.

FRIENDS of the Upper East Side is a leader in this battle as we continually challenge out-of-scale developments in our neighborhood that do not adhere to zoning laws, and fight for the livability of the Upper East Side and all residential neighborhoods. This letter shows that our advocacy is working!

We thank Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Speaker Corey Johnson for taking up the mantle on these pressing issues and the entire Manhattan delegation of the City Council, especially our East Side representatives Ben Kallos and Keith Powers, for their support. This progress would not occur without the continual partnership of our elected officials, colleagues across the city, and of course our supporters.

With continued advocacy, education, and thoughtful collaboration with our elected officials, common sense zoning reform can be achieved now, before it’s too late.

We need your support to save Marx Brothers Playground.

We need your help to tell the City that
OUR PARKS ARE NOT FOR SALE.

Dear Friend,

Rendering of Marx Brothers Playground development, known as 321 East 96th Street, seen from Park Avenue and 96th Street. (Image by George M. Janes & Associates)

When the City agrees to give away the public’s parkland to a private developer with deep pockets, you know we’re in trouble.

And when that precious open space is smack in the center of the park-starved Upper East Side and East Harlem, you know we need to fight back. Because here’s what we’re getting in exchange: a massive, 1.3 million square foot private development that will rise over 700-feet … the tallest building between the Upper East Side and Boston. Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is leading the fight against this alarming taking of public land and we are asking for your help.

We have filed a lawsuit to prevent the City from alienating the much-loved Marx Brothers Playground at 96th Street between First and Second Avenues, to facilitate this development. For over 70 years, this park has been the site of Little League baseball games, adult soccer matches and countless recreational uses by countless individuals and families living within a five-minute walk.

The City claims that this is a “playground,” rather than a park, and therefore contains valuable air rights subject to transfer. But in fact, Adrian Benepe, former Parks Commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg has supported our lawsuit with an affidavit stating unequivocally “that it is indisputable that the Marx Brothers Playground is a park with no development rights.”

By allowing this development, the City is setting a dangerous precedent that puts more than 250 playgrounds citywide at risk of being mined for their air rights. This is why three other organizations – CIVITAS, Carnegie Hill Neighbors and the Municipal Art Society of New York – have joined our lawsuit.

Please make a generous donation of $100, $1,000 or more to help FRIENDS stop this attack on our public parks. Designate your contribution toward “Marx Brothers Playground” in our online portal at NY Charities, or write it in the memo of your check.

Our open spaces are not a luxury; they are critical to our well-being and to the quality of life of our communities. Once the Marx Brothers Playground is “demapped” we can never get it back.  Please act today to support this effort.

With thanks,

Rachel Levy
Executive Director

P.S. Please designate your contribution toward “Marx Brothers Playground” in our online donation portal via NY Charities, or write it in the memo of your check payable to FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts.  Additional information about this project is available here.

Rendering of Marx Brothers Playground development, known as 321 East 96th Street, which will tower over the rest of the neighborhood. (Image via 6sqft.com)