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Historic Districts Council
Hump Day

Should the gate swing in or out? Will the MTA do right by "the city's only shingled wooden cottage turned transit station house"? What to do about an illegal rooftop installation that's "sloppy…jumbled…awkwardly installed"?

The Historic Districts Council, the citywide advocate for New York City's historic neighborhoods, gets way into the weeds on landmark alterations and they're not afraid to say what they think of the hundreds of applications to the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

If you have any interest in how the past fits into the context of the present, it makes for surprisingly lively and edifying reading. And be sure to check out the Neighborhoods at Risk section where you can find out about the current status of Admiral's Row, the Carnegie Libraries, and buildings not yet protected (in this section, unfortunately, the additional info links are broken).

You can join them, if your work schedule allows, on Monday, April 5th, 8:30am, for one of their Monday Morning Coffee Talks at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 E. 11th [2nd/3rd]. The subject will be Advocating for Parks and Open Space and the discussion will be led by Cheryl Huber of New Yorkers for Parks. Free, reserve.

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