Preservation Issues

Assistance to Historic Properties Damaged by Sandy


South Street Seaport


Coney Island USA Museum


Coney Island USA Museum


Coney Island USA Museum


Coney Island USA Museum


Coney Island USA Museum


Coney Island USA Museum


Coney Island USA Museum


Coney Island USA Museum


Coney Island USA Museum


Jewish Center of Brighton Beach


Jewish Center of Brighton Beach


Jewish Center of Brighton Beach


Jewish Center of Brighton Beach


Jewish Center of Brighton Beach


Jewish Center of Brighton Beach


Jewish Center of Brighton Beach


Free Magyar Hungarian Reformed Church of Staten Island


Green-Wood Cemetery


Green-Wood Cemetery


Green-Wood Cemetery


Green-Wood Cemetery


Green-Wood Cemetery


Green-Wood Cemetery


South Street Seaport Museum - Bowne & Company


South Street Seaport Museum - Bowne & Company


South Street Seaport Museum - Bowne & Company


South Street Seaport Museum - Bowne & Company


South Street Seaport Museum

April Update: Continued Assistance Six Months After Sandy

February Update: FEMA DEADLINE Wednesday February 27, 2013

January Update: Sandy Assistance Update: 90 Days Later

December Update:
Conservancy Continues Help, Six New Emergency Grants Given

November 2012
After the devastating winds and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, the New York Landmarks Conservancy reached out to offer emergency grants and technical assistance to landmarked and historic properties. So far twenty non-profit and religious institutions have received our help or are in the process of gathering damage estimates.

These include:

The South Street Seaport Museum, which was inundated by five feet of water. The Museum property includes Bowne & Company, a historic print shop with long roots in the Seaport. It is housed in several landmark buildings including 211 Water Street, a red brick commercial “counting house” dating to 1836. The water damaged the ground floor beams and flooring and soaked some of the historic type sets and storage cabinets in the shop.

Ellis Island was severely damaged by the storm and will be closed for the foreseeable future. The main museum building had water to the basement ceiling, wiping out electrical and heating systems. The restored Ferry Building, which connects to the South Side of the island, sustained powerful flood damage as water broke through building doors and windows. Flooding continued along the South Side into many of the former hospital buildings.

Governors Island received minimal damage in comparison to Ellis Island but an important historic military sculpture at Fort Jay was damaged and Castle Williams had some flooding. The Conservancy has offered technical assistance to the National Park Service on both islands.

The landmark Coney Island USA Museum, (former Child’s Restaurant Building) sustained water and wind damage. The Conservancy inspected the building and is awaiting an estimate for roof repairs.

Historic cemeteries were also hard hit. Green-Wood and Evergreene cemeteries in Brooklyn and Woodlawn in the Bronx saw many of their monuments damaged as well as the loss of significant numbers of trees. Our grants will help all three cemeteries with monument restoration.

On Staten Island, the Garibaldi-Meucciand Tibetan Museums, as well as the Sailors Snug Harbor all suffered wind damage and we are awaiting estimates.

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum on Manhattan’s East Side also had wind damage.

Damaged religious properties include:

Flushing Quaker Meeting, which dates from 1694. A tree crashed through a porch the Conservancy had just helped restore.

The 1883 Free Magyar Hungarian Reformed Church of Staten Island had a tree crash through the rear roof.

The 1928 Jewish Center of Brighton Beach was flooded and suffered severe interior damage. Michael Devonshire of Jan Hird Pokorny Associates accompanied Conservancy staff on an inspection, taking moisture meter readings and advising on extent of removal of moisture-saturated interior finishes, and providing referrals for repairs to wind-damaged protective glazing.

General Seminary in Chelsea had 16 feet of water in its mechanical plant. The surge knocked out the boiler, which served several of the Seminary buildings. An emergency grant will help with an engineering design of a more efficient, flood-resistant replacement system.

The Emergency Grants are being funded by The New York Community Trust and the Conservancy’s Endangered Buildings Fund.

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The Conservancy is also working with the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to restore a severely wind-damaged landmark retaining wall in Brooklyn’s Alice and Agate Court Historic District.

We welcome additional inquiries.

Please contact us if you need our assistance.
212-995-5260

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