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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 Upper East Side, is hosting a Jane’s Walk through the neighborhood on Saturday. You’ll visit some of Yorkville’s landmarks and worthy historic buildings, and get a sense of the neighborhood’s previous German heritage. Specific attention will be paid to Gracie Mansion, Carl Schurz Park and Henderson Place.

Saturday, May 2nd
1:30 PM
Meet at Glaser’s Bake Shop
1670 1st Avenue (at 87th Street)

Ronda Wist, WPA President, is an expert in the field of historic preservation. She served for 10 years as Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Commission and before that as Director of Land Use at the NYC Department of City Planning. Following government service, she was a Principal at HR&A Advisors, a real estate and economic development consulting firm, where she advised individuals, organizations and government agencies with respect to historic preservation as well as representing owners and developers before the Landmarks and City Planning Commissions. At the Municipal Art Society for five years, she served as Vice President for Preservation and Government Affairs. Ronda has a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is the author of On Fifth Avenue: Then and Now (Birch Lane Press 1992).

For more information about Jane’s Walk click here.

86th Street, Manhattan

RKO Proctor’s 86th Street Theatre, Designed by Thomas W. Lamb Source: NYC Municipal Archives