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42nd Annual Meeting and Awards

Every year, we look forward to gathering with members and friends to celebrate and recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and advocacy work completed on the Upper East Side. We were delighted to celebrate our 41st Annual Meeting and Awards in person on Wednesday, April 12.

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Advocacy Alert: Say NO to Lifting the FAR Cap

For the third time in recent years, there is a fast-moving proposal at the State level to lift the longstanding cap on residential development in New York City. Lifting the 12 FAR cap would potentially unleash a flood of development rights that are likely to yield more supertall superluxury development, displace existing affordable units, and threaten livability in neighborhoods across the City.

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Hey Joe; There’s a nail salon in Apartment 5C!

FRIENDS recently submitting testimony at the NYC Department of City Planning about the CITY OF YES FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY proposal to overhaul the 1961 Zoning Resolution. While we believe updating and modernizing the city’s zoning is certainly important and overdue, we think the zoning text amendments are just a series of bandaids upon bandaids, a voluminous series of tweaks, many of which will have unintended consequences.

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Advocacy Win vs. Link 5G towers

FRIENDS has learned that the city's proposed 32-foot tall Link5G towers will be subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

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Watch It Again: Jacob Wrey Mould and the Artful Beauty of Central Park

Watch a recording of an illustrated talk, "Jacob Wrey Mould and the Artful Beauty of Central Park" by architectural historian Francis R. Kowsky.

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Watch It Again: “City of Yes” with George Janes

Watch a recording of our online talk "City of Yes Explained" by urban planner and zoning expert George Janes held on January 18th and co-sponsored by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and Landmark West!

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2024 Annual Awards: Call for Entries

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 2024 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

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News from FRIENDS – Winter 2023

This past Tuesday, March 27th, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing on a new set of rules the agency has proposed to streamline the process of making changes to designated historic buildings.

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Remembering Joan K. Davidson: The Godmother of New York Preservation

This past Tuesday, March 27th, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing on a new set of rules the agency has proposed to streamline the process of making changes to designated historic buildings.

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Sacred Sites Open House: Talk on Stained Glass Windows at The Church of the Holy Trinity

Join us on Sunday, May 21st at 3:00 pm at The Church of the Holy Trinity for a special presentation by historian and author George Bryant of his newly published book, Henry Holiday: His Stained Glass Windows for Gilded Age New York. The talk will be illustrated with photographs of Henry Holiday’s work from the new book. Following the presentation, George will give a tour of the church’s sanctuary, which features a full suite of

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