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Archive for September, 2006

Significant Historic Resources in the Greenpoint / Williamsburg Rezoning Area

greenpoint williamsburgGreenpoint and Williamsburg have a long and venerable past, and there remains a wealth of buildings related to their history. Williamsburg, which in the 1850s was the third-largest city in the region, is filled with 19th-century rowhouses and manufacturing buildings interspersed with historic banks, schools, churches and synagogues. In Greenpoint, 90 percent of the existing housing stock was built before World War II, much of it constructed by the 19th-century shipbuilders who worked on the nearby docks. Amid this rich housing stock are some of Brooklyn’s oldest churches — and significant collections of manufacturing buildings that are reminders of the neighborhood’s industrial past. These buildings, which bear witness to the neighborhoods’ rich history, also play a significant role in shaping the character and sense of place of these communities. When the city brought forward a proposal to rezone large sections of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, we became concerned that the historic buildings would be negatively impacted if steps were not taken to protect them. Continue Reading>>

The Kissena Velodrome, A Place That Matters

kissena park velodrome bicycle racing queensThe Kissena Velodrome, nominated by John Campo, is a 400-meter outdoor track in Queens’ Kissena Park, gives bicycle riders a place to race and ride without cars. It is, in fact, the only velodrome in New York City. Continue Reading>>

Harbor Camp Sails Again

harbor camp nycAlmost 2,000 students experienced Harbor Camp this past summer, a waterfront-themed summer program of educational, recreational and cultural activities. Organized by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, activities included sailing, visits to historic boats, waterfront parks and museums during July and August. Continue Reading>>

Adopt-A-Mural: The Program

Barry Faulkner mural, Early History of Manhattan New YorkIn response to the deterioration of many of New York City’s outdoor statues and public murals in hospitals, schools and libraries, and the limited resources to preserve them, the Municipal Art Society initiated the Adopt-A-Monument program in 1987 and the Adopt-A-Mural program in 1991. Both programs were born as a plea to corporate and private donors to support the conservation the city’s most neglected public statues and threatened murals. Continue Reading>>

CBGB, A Place that Matters

CBGB the Ramones rock punk venue new york music historyWe asked you to tell us what makes CBGBs important to you. Your pictures and words are displayed below, and may be used for other public education efforts. New York City is the music capital of the U.S., if not the world, and its formative role in 20th century music — from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to the Brill Building — is unparalleled. The city is home to some of the most famous venues anywhere, including Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, Town Hall, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, and many more. Among the most renowned is CBGB, the birthplace of punk music and an internationally recognized cultural icon. Continue Reading>>