2012 Public Programs & Events


Preservation Vision Cafe No. 4
Monday, December 10, 2012 at Neighborhood Preservation Center




Neighborhood Preservation Center Birthday Party
Monday, November 19, 2012 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street)

Many friends of Neighborhood Preservation Center gathered at Webster Hall as we toasted our 13th birthday with an epic evening of drinks and dancing in celebration of the Center and the over 150 groups that have used its meeting rooms and offices. This birthday party also served as a fundraiser that benefits the Neighborhood Preservation Center's programs to support the work of groups that use its resources to improve and protect neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. Our thanks to the members of the organizing committee - Marilyn Appleberg, Jimmy Carbone, Elin Juselius, and Pixie Yates - and the generous support of our sponsors: A. Ottavino Corporation, Lisa Ackerman, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, Leo Blackman & Ken Monteiro, Françoise Bollack & Tom Killian, BridgesMacKinney, DJ Cousin Cole, CTA Architects, Laura Delano & Bob Celli, in memory of Georgia Delano, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects, Stephen Facey, Pi Gardiner, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, The Grey Dog Cafe, Historic Districts Council, Mary B Dierickx Historic Preservation Consulting, Mary Kay Judy, Architectural and Cultural Heritage Conservation, Arthur Levin, 10th & Stuyvesant Streets Block Association, The 13th Step Bar & Grill, Village Alliance, Bethany Wall, Webster Hall, Sheryl Woodruff.  Photo album.

Peer Exchange with the University College Utrecht
Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center

For the third year in a row, we will hosted a Peer Exchange with a group of geography students from University College Utrecht in the Netherlands on their week-long visit to New York City. The main emphasis of their visit to NYC is to study neighborhood developments within the context of social, economic and policy developments.

We invited the interns of NYC-based organizations to give short presentations with 3-5 images to their Dutch peers. This year we have interns from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation, and Development, Greenwich Village for Historic Preservation, and CityAtlas. Picasa photo album of program.


The Battle of Bryant Park, 25 Years On:  A Discussion with Anthony Tung
Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center

On January 8, 1987, The New York Times reported: “A four-year-old plan to build a restaurant behind the New York Public Library has been dealt a surprising setback, with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission warning that it would consider ”absolutely untenable” any structure that would make it difficult to view the library’s west facade.” The author of the motion was Commissioner Anthony Tung. Five days later, on Sunday, in “A Landmark of Misfeasance” the Times editorial board called for the replacement of every member of the commission. By Monday, Tony Tung had been sacked. But it took 18 turbulent months for the mayor to finally unseat him.

Marking the 25-year anniversary of this battle, Anthony Tung joined Anthony C. Wood and Jeffrey Kroessler to re-examine the controversy of 25 years ago. Video excerpts from the program here. Co-sponsored with the New York Preservation Archive Project and the Historic Districts Council.


EuroCircle Benefit for the Neighborhood Preservation Center
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Van Alen Institute (30 West 22nd Street)

The networking organization EuroCircle held a cocktail reception at the Van Alen Institute to benefit the Neighborhood Preservation Center. Guests included members of the EuroCircle community as well as our friends and patrons, who learned more about the Center as well as the work of other city-wide organizations dedicated to historic preservation. There was also a live performance by Paula Jaakkola, a raffle, gift bags, and more. To see photos from the evening, taken by Leonardo Meirelles, visit our Picasa album.

Thank you to Elin Juselius, Paula Jaakkola, and the rest of the EuroCircle community for organizing the benefit, as well as the support of generous sponsors including: New York Production Services, Voss Water, and Union Square Wines. Amazing prizes were donated to the raffle by Lumene Cosmetics, Incubator Arts Project, Tenement Museum, New York Historical Society, Royal Oak Foundation, Poetry Project, Jimmy's No. 43, Sustainable NYC, Historic House Trust, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Cindy List at Crown NYC hair salon, Danspace Project, and Historic Districts Council. Thank you, all.