Borough Presidents Honor Conservancy with Landmarks Month
Conservancy President Peg Breen with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr.
Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall with a Lucy G. Moses Public Leadership Award in Preservation
Staten Island Borough President, James P. Molinaro
Borough Presidents Rubén Díaz, Jr. (Bronx), Scott Stringer (Manhattan), Helen M. Marshall (Queens), and James P. Molinaro (Staten Island) have each declared “Landmarks Month” in their boroughs in honor of the Conservancy’s 40th anniversary.
“In the past 40 years, the Landmarks Conservancy has disbursed grants and low-interest loans to Manhattan residents totaling more than $6.7 million. This has mobilized over $73.7 million in renovation projects—revitalizing communities, providing economic stimulus and supporting local jobs,” Stringer said. “The Conservancy is the only preservation group in New York that empowers Manhattan property owners with the financial and technical assistance they need to restore their homes, businesses, cultural, religious and social institutions.”
Conservancy programs have benefited a broad range of historic Manhattan properties including the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House on Bowling Green, Astor Row and Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Harlem, Central Synagogue, Grand Central Terminal, The Plaza, St. Bartholomew’s Church and the Tweed Courthouse.
Post Superstorm Sandy emergency grants and technical assistance helped the Sixth Street Community Center, Fraunces Tavern Museum, Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum, Police Museum, Stanton Street Synagogue and the Police Museum.
Díaz noted that the Conservancy’s grants and low-interest loans to residents of The Bronx total more than $900,000 and mobilized more than $5.7 million in renovation projects.
Conservancy projects in The Bronx include home loans in City Island and Mott Haven, technical assistance to the Andrew Freedman Home on the Grand Concourse, advocating to preserve the Shahn murals in the Bronx Post Office, Sacred Sites grants to St. Ann’s Episcopal Church of Morrisania, St. Jerome’s Roman Catholic Church and St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church.
Post Sandy grants helped the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Woodlawn Cemetery.
Marshall noted that Queens residents have benefited from more than $4.3 million in grants and loans which triggered $13.9 million in renovation projects.
Conservancy loans and grants have helped: Prospect Cemetery in Jamaica, Congregation Tifereth Israel in Corona; St. James Parish Hall in Elmhurst, Church of the Resurrection in Richmond Hill, Flushing Meeting House, the Free Synagogue of Flushing and Jackson Heights Co-ops.
Flushing Meeting House also received a post-Sandy emergency grant for roof repairs.
Molinaro acknowledged $545,000 in Conservancy loans and grants which mobilized more than $2.5 million for Staten Island projects.
These include loans to homeowners in New Brighton, St. George and Stapleton and Richmond Road and grants to St. Paul’s Memorial Chruch, Free Magyar (Hungarian) Reformed Church, Rossville A.M.E. Zion Church and Cemetery and Hugenot Park Reformed Church.
Post-Sandy grants assisted Snug Harbor and the Alice Austin House.
“We are proud to have helped residents throughout the boroughs preserve and protect their rich architectural legacy,” said Conservancy President Peg Breen.
Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $40 million. This has leveraged more than $1 billion in 1,550 restoration projects throughout New York.