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.
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 Districts Council will celebrate Yorkville’s past while highlighting places that still offer a glimpse into this area’s rich immigrant history.
FRIENDS was delighted to hold our 33rd Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony at the Cosmopolitan Club on March 29, 2016. Be sure to check out the photos of this celebration, and congratulations to our award recipients!
We are pleased to hold our 33rd Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony at The Cosmopolitan Club.
It has been nearly a year since the first public documents about the Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) Text Amendment were released, and nearly a year that New Yorkers have expressed serious concerns about the proposal’s negative effects on neighborhoods citywide.
New Report “The Upper East Side: A Framework for the Future of Five Neighborhoods” Available for Download
On October 7th FRIENDS released a neighborhood study which proposes 12 recommendations to preserve the community character, local businesses, affordable housing, and architectural legacy of the five diverse neighborhoods that make up the Upper East Side.
The Upper East Side: A Framework for the Future of Five Neighborhoods FRIENDS remains steadfast in its pro-active commitment to preserve the character of the Upper East Side in spite of development pressures stemming from the completion of the Second Avenue Subway, the City Planning Commission’s proposed zoning changes, and existing permissible zoning on the avenues.
More than 200 members of New York City’s philanthropic, preservation and civic communities gathered last evening at the Metropolitan Club as FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts (FRIENDS) honored renowned pianist and bandleader Peter Duchin at its twelfth annual award dinner.