Welcome to FRIENDS' new website!

Over thirty years of keeping the Upper East Side livable and lovable!

Without protection, the special character of our Upper East  Side neighborhood could disappear. FRIENDS of the Upper East Side fights to keep our neighborhood vibrant, unique and livable.

Please consider a gift so that our quality of life will not be heedlessly destroyed.

Never has your leadership, and your support, been more important. Here are two buildings on the endangered list:

  • They’re trying to demolish a landmark. The owners of the City & Suburban First Avenue Estate are continuing their effort to demolish two landmark buildings, claiming economic hardship. If their plans are successful it could set a precedent for other developers to try to do the same to landmarks anywhere in the city.
  • Saving the Park Avenue Christian Church and Parish House at 85th and Park Avenue. Designed by eminent architects Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, this beautiful church is an intact, Gothic Revival-style complex constructed in 1911. Inspired by La Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, the church boasts a 70-foot spire and exquisite stained-glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Extell Development has submitted plans to demolish the parish house and in its place build a mammoth 16-story residential tower cantilevering over the church building. If prompt action is not taken this rare treasure could be lost forever.

Help us advocate for a livable neighborhood!

We depend on concerned citizens like you so that we can be an effective advocate. If you believe in the livability and sense of place of the Upper East Side, please consider a donation today. Thank you in advance for your generosity as we work to preserve the architectural legacy of the Upper East  Side.

Warmest wishes to all,

We appreciate your generosity. Help us keep the Upper East Side a great place to live!