A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: A Conversation on the Future of Vulnerable Historic Buildings in New York City


What’s the Stitch? When a demolition permit was filed for the landmarked house at 14 Gay Street in late 2022, it made local news and headlines, went viral on social media, and had many from inside and outside of the preservation world asking why and how this could happen. This inspired conversations about the meaning of preservation to community character, culture, and identity, and to the historic fabric of New York. A recent Advocacy project from MAS, A Stitch in Time Saves Nine, explores this case study and eight others from across New York City.

On Tuesday, September 5th, join MAS and Historic Districts Council at Sixth Street Community Center for a conversation about the protection and preservation of vulnerable historic buildings across the five boroughs. We’ll explore these nine case studies, plus other vulnerable historic spaces, and discuss the Landmark Preservation Commission’s Vulnerable Historic Buildings Action Plan. The conversation will be moderated by Frampton Tolbert (HDC) and feature the following panelists: Valerie Jo Bradley (Save Harlem Now!), Andrea Goldwyn (Landmarks Conservancy), John Weiss (LPC), Edmund Meade (Silman).

Time will be allotted for Q&A. Following the program, stay for mingling and light refreshments.

Doors at 6:00 PM, event at 6:30 PM. The event is sold out, but we welcome you to join the waitlist.

This event is co-presented by Historic Districts Council, with additional support from Lower East Side Preservation Initiative.

About Historic Districts Council

The Historic Districts Council (HDC) is the citywide advocate for New York historically, architecturally, and culturally significant neighborhoods. We represent a constituency of more than 500 Community Partner organizations across all five boroughs and work with them to to ensure the preservation of neighborhoods, buildings and public spaces, uphold the integrity of New York City’s Landmarks Law, and further the preservation ethic. Learn more about Historic Districts Council.

About the Venue

Sixth Street Community Center is located in a lovingly restored former synagogue in the heart of the Lower East Side, also known as Loisaida. The Center has been working to empower the community through grassroots organizing since 1978. We offer a variety of programs and events including free arts, writing and gardening after school and summer programs for local youth; affordable adult workshops, donation-based yoga, zumba, and dance classes; a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA); poetry and open mic nights; and much, much more. Whether you’re interested in learning more about what we have to offer, hoping to join the CSA, or hungering for a fresh, organic juice on-site at our Organic Soul Café, our doors are always open. We are located at 638 E Sixth Street. Just stop by! Learn more about Sixth Street Community Center.

Tuesday, September 5
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

638 E 6th Street Between Aves B & C
New York, NY 10009

Member: $5
Non-member: $10

  • A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: A Conversation on the Future of Vulnerable Historic Buildings in New York City.
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  • Opening Remarks: Elizabeth Goldstein, President of MAS. Moderator: Frampton Tolbert, HDC. Introductory Remarks: Aislinn Klein, Advocacy Associate at MAS.
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  • Panelists (from left to right): John Weiss (LPC), Andrea Goldwyn (Landmarks Conservancy), Valerie Jo Bradley (Save Harlem Now!), and Edmund Meade (Silman).
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