Preservation Issues

45th Anniversary Year In Review

Highlights from 2018 – Thank You For Your Support!!!

Our 45th Anniversary year was another busy mix of projects in our signature programs, special projects and expanding efforts to protect residential neighborhoods from out-of-scale development. Here are some highlights.

Signature Programs: Our Sacred Sites program gave out 41 grants totaling $497,500. The congregations we helped have social service and cultural programs that serve more than 150,000 persons in their communities.

Eight Historic Property Fund loans of $582,000 helped property owners in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island with restoration work. Three Emergency Grants helped the Olmsted House, Historic Richmondtown, and the Henry Street Settlement with critical repairs.

Advocacy: We joined with colleagues and got the Landmarks Preservation Commission to re-work proposed rules changes to hopefully make them easier to understand. We also successfully pushed designation of Philip Johnson’s iconic former AT&T Building at 550 Madison Avenue.

Special Projects: We joined preservation and civic groups determined to prevent repair of the BQE from destroying the Brooklyn Promenade and damaging the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Historic Districts.

We pushed for a united front with our colleagues to stop developers from manipulating zoning laws to create supersize buildings and stop the Buildings Department from interpreting rules to allow ever larger buildings.

We launched an effort to stabilize Frederick Law Olmsted’s home on Staten Island. (read our latest update)

And we applauded restoration work that finally began on Erasmus Hall Academy in Brooklyn thanks to Borough President Eric Adams. We have advocated for this important 1787 building for years, even funding technical reports on its condition.

We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you for all your support in these efforts. Here’s to continuing to preserve and protect New York in 2019!