Advocacy Alert: Stand with FDNY Union for State Zoning Reform

On top of undercutting predictable development and the intent of zoning regulations, the inclusion of empty “mechanical” voids in the core of new buildings poses grave safety concerns for New York City’s firefighters and the citizens they protect every day.

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Two New Upper East Side Landmarks!

Today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to designate the First Hungarian Reformed Church (a.k.a. 344-346 East 69th Street) designed by Emery Roth and built from 1915-1916 and the exteriors of the National Society of Colonial Dames building (a.k.a. 215 East 71st Street) designed by Richard Henry Dana Jr. and

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Mechanical Voids Zoning Text Amendment Summary and Impact

On Wednesday, May 29th, the New York City Council voted to amend the Zoning Resolution to cap exempt mechanical void space within new buildings in residential neighborhoods.

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New York Times Covers FRIENDS’ Challenge of 1059 Third Avenue

As reported in April 2019, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts filed a zoning challenge against 1059 Third Avenue, at the corner of East 63rd Street.

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Delacorte Theater, Central Park

New June Event!

FRIENDS is pleased to offer this extremely limited opportunity to venture behind the scenes at Central Park’s center stage: the Delacorte Theater.

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Breaking! City Council Passes 25-foot Limit to Uncounted Mechanical Void Spaces

FRIENDS is pleased to offer this extremely limited opportunity to venture behind the scenes at Central Park’s center stage: the Delacorte Theater.

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Marx Brothers Playground

Decision Regarding Marx Brothers Playground Issued

FRIENDS is grateful for the support of the community who supported this fight, and who continue to believe in the importance of protecting our neighborhood’s public open space.

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FRIENDS Files DOB Challenge Against New Tower at 1059 Third Avenue

Designed by Manuel Glas Architects, 1059 Third Avenue first received its zoning approval from DOB in 2015.

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FRIENDS Weighs in on City and State Proposals to Close Zoning Loopholes

The public discussion around the urgent need to close zoning loopholes that are contributing to overdevelopment continues to play out in the press, most recently in a Letter to the Editor that appeared today in Crain’s New York Business by FRIENDS’ Executive Director Rachel Levy.

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36th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

This spring, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts will celebrate outstanding achievement in preservation, architecture, and advocacy on the Upper East Side during our 37th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

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