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Historic Districts Council Announces 2013 List of Six NYC Neighborhoods Meriting Preservation
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Contributed By: Historic Districts Council (New York City)

The Historic Districts Council, New York’s city-wide advocate for historic buildings and neighborhoods, is pleased to announce its 2013 Six to Celebrate, an annual listing of historic New York City neighborhoods that merit preservation attention.  This is New York’s only citywide list of preservation priorities.  The groups will be formally introduced at the Six to Celebrate Launch Party on Tuesday, January 29, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm at the University Settlement (185 Eldridge Street).  For more information or tickets, visit

The six neighborhoods were chosen from applications submitted by neighborhood groups around the city on the basis of the architectural and historic merit of the area, the level of threat to the neighborhood, strength and willingness of the local advocates, and where HDC’s citywide preservation perspective and assistance could be the most meaningful.  Throughout 2013, HDC will work with these neighborhood partners to set and reach preservation goals through strategic planning, advocacy, outreach, programs and publicity. 

“Neighborhoods throughout New York are fighting an unseen struggle to determine their own futures. By bringing these locally-driven neighborhood preservation efforts into the spotlight, HDC hopes to focus New Yorkers’ attention on the very real threats that historic communities throughout the city are facing from indiscriminate and inappropriate development.” said Simeon Bankoff, HDC’s Executive Director.  “As the only list of its kind in New York City, the Six to Celebrate will help raise awareness of local efforts to save neighborhoods on a citywide level.” 

The 2013 Six to Celebrate are (in alphabetical order):

- Bronx Parks System, The Bronx
In 1888, more than four thousand acres was designated as parkland in The Bronx in anticipation of New York City’s northern growth.  This enormous public investment guided the development and planning of the borough to become a livable place for people of modest means.  The Bronx Parks 125 Anniversary Committee is marking this anniversary with a series of programs that will support and promote the borough’s parks and the partnerships that maintain them.

- East Village/Lower East Side, Manhattan
Home to waves of immigrants as well as avant-garde artists and progressive political movements, the East Village and Lower East Side have always been colorful pieces of New York City’s history.  While two small historic districts were recently designated in the area, the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative is continuing to work toward protecting and promoting more of this vibrant neighborhood.

- Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Greenpoint’s historic factory buildings and modest workers’ housing are strong reminders of Brooklyn’s role as a powerful industrial center during the last half of the 19th century.  The newly-formed group Preservation Greenpointis looking to engage their neighbors in order to better recognize their community’s history and protect its historic architecture.

- Harrison Street, Staten Island
Built primarily for working-class families, Harrison Street in Stapleton is a mid-to-late-19th century residential enclaveof modest houses designed in Italianate, Greek Revival and other Victorian-era styles.  The Mud Lane Society for the Renaissance of Stapleton has been working diligently for years to gain landmark status for this area in order to preserve and improve this unique corner of the city.

- Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Elegantly-detailed rowhouses constructed for middle- and working-class families at the turn of the 20th century line the streets of Sunset Park, one of New York City’s largest National Register Historic Districts.  The neighborhood also boasts a number of impressive religious and institutional buildings.  The Sunset Park Landmarks Committee seeks to celebrate and protect their neighborhood’s historical and architectural significance.

- Tribeca, Manhattan
One of New York City’s most notable neighborhoods, Tribeca’s spectacular collection of 19th-century mercantile architecture found new life as a vibrant residential and commercial area thanks to preservation efforts in the 1980’s.  The newly-organized Tribeca Trust is campaigning to continue these efforts and involve new and old residents in the protection and future of their community. 

Founded in 1971 as a coalition of community groups from New York City’s designated historic districts, the Historic Districts Council has grown to become one of the foremost citywide voices for historic preservation.  Serving a network of over 500 neighborhood-based community groups in all five boroughs, HDC strives to protect, preserve and enhance New York City’s historic buildings and neighborhoods through ongoing advocacy, community development and education programs. 

Posted: January 3, 2013
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