In October 2019, the City and Suburban First Avenue Estate was saved from demolition, thanks to a years-long, hard-fought battle waged by the LPC, our elected officials, and concerned preservation organizations like FRIENDS. And this victory should be celebrated!
The First Avenue Estate, built 1915, stands out as one of the first privately-financed attempts to improve workers’ housing in New York City, and is a unique example of early progressive housing reform on the Upper East Side. Catering to a large immigrant tenant community, The First Avenue Estate offered nearly-unheard-of luxuries like light and air, which marked a vast improvement over traditional tenements, and helped Yorkville’s diverse communities thrive.
Join us for a multi-part celebration and conversation via Zoom honoring First Avenue Estates. Over the course of the week, Andrew Dolkart, Will Cook, and Anthony C. Wood will join preservationist Lisa Ackerman for a series of special discussions regarding the cultural significance, architectural history, community advocacy, and legal significance of the complex, and the battle to protect it.
Andrew Dolkart & Lisa Ackerman
Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Will Cook & Lisa Ackerman
Wednesday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m.
Anthony C. Wood & Lisa Ackerman
Thursday, June 25th at 4:00 p.m.
Lisa Ackerman, Andrew Dolkart, Will Cook, Anthony C. Wood & Guests
Friday, June 26th at 1:00 p.m.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development in partnership with the City Council.