Celebration of all things Yorkville!

A Celebration of all things Yorkville!

On Saturday, April 30th, FRIENDS and the Historic Districts Council hosted “Yorkville: A Celebration of Home” at the lovely Bohemian National Hall, an individual New York City landmark. Held in the Hall’s stunning Grand Ballroom, Majda Kallab Whitaker of the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association provided a fascinating overview of the Hall’s history and careful restoration.

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Join FRIENDS for our Spring Events!

What was it like to live in Yorkville when 86th Street was known as German Broadway, when the smell of hops from the Ruppert and Ehret’s breweries filled the air, and when a stop at Paprika Weiss on 82nd Street preceded daily exercise at Sokol Hall? FRIENDS and the Historic

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FRIENDS Introduces New Technology to Rediscover Old Buildings

SMARTPHONES MAKE SMART FRIENDS!! On May 9th, over 125 Yorkville enthusiasts joined us for an awesome adventure, using an interactive web application to explore the history of our neighborhood. Players raced around Yorkville accomplishing photo challenges to identify architectural details, replicate historic photos, and imitate ornamental building features. They made

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Think You Know the Upper East Side? Prove It at our Yorkville Urban History Hunt!

In partnership with the Go Game, FRIENDS is offering a high-tech urban adventure, sending teams on a mission to discover the remnants of Yorkville’s history!

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Get Your German On with Ronda Wist

It’s been home to many New York City mayors, boasts one of Manhattan’s most scenic parks, and retains remnants of its past as one of the city’s largest German enclaves. It’s Yorkville, and historic preservation expert Ronda Wist, President of Wist Preservation Associates and Board Member of FRIENDS of the

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412 East 85th Street,1925.

LPC Reverses Decision on Potential Landmarks!!

As we announced earlier this week, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) was poised to “de-calendar” nearly 100 buildings under consideration for landmark status in one fell swoop on Tuesday, December 9th.

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Frick Collection

ADVOCACY UPDATE: Recent Frick expansion coverage from the New York Times

On Sunday Robin Pogrebin at the New York Times published an article about the Frick expansion, bringing to light a statement from the museum’s testimony before the landmarks Preservation Commission in 1973:

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Frick Collection

Recent opposition to the Frick expansion from HDC and the New York Times

Last week the Historic Districts Council released a statement opposing the proposed Frick expansion, saying among other things that “HDC finds the proposal in its current form to be a myopic solution for expansion, and one that would compromise the museum’s setting and genteel atmosphere.

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Frick expansion plan

FRIENDS Announces Opposition to the Frick Expansion

FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts has carefully reviewed the proposal presented for expansion of the Frick Collection to our Board Members on July 17, 2014.

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Council Member Ben Kallos helps out with our Yorkville Survey!

Council Member Ben Kallos helps out with our Yorkville Survey!

Council Member Ben Kallos committed staff members and interns for a day of surveying in his district. FRIENDS has been working for the last four years to document the built fabric and cultural resources of Yorkville, and we are now nearing completion. Thanks to Council Member Kallos and his staff

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