2017 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 34th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Stahl an Appeal

The federal battle is over for Stahl York Ave. Co., LLC, owner of the City & Suburban Homes Company First Avenue Estate, an individual landmark.

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Building fun Basics!

FRIENDS is Happy to Announce a New Educational Program: Building Fun Basics!

Since 1995, the educational programs at FRIENDS have reached over 1,500 first through fifth grade children annually to teach them about New York City’s built environment. Building Fun has been one of FRIENDS’ Key Programs with the aim of introducing students to the idea that buildings can talk and tell us stories about their use, materials, age, and purpose through classroom lessons, a neighborhood walking tour, and hands-on activities.

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Frick Collection, NYC

Frick Update: New Architect Chosen for Expansion

In June 2014, The Frick Collection announced plans to expand the institution, which included the replacement of the prized Russell Page garden with a new, out-of-scale tower. FRIENDS, among many other groups like Unite to Save the Frick, opposed these inappropriate plans. After much criticism, the Frick withdrew its proposal the following year.

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A Wonderful Evening at our 13th Annual Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award Dinner!

On Wednesday, September 28th, over 200 friends from around the city gathered to honor O. Kelley Anderson at our Thirteenth Annual Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award Dinner.

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2016 FRIENDS newsletter

FRIENDS Summer 2016 Newsletter: Hot off the Press!

Stay updated on all of the latest FRIENDS news with our Summer 2016 Newsletter! 

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FRIENDS Announces our 2016 Ambassador to the Upper East Side!

FREINDS announces O. Kelley Anderson as 2016's Ambassador of the Upper East Side! Raised in a historic house on Beacon Hill, Kelley Anderson is both an erudite embodiment of the best qualities of the Upper East Side, and a tenacious street fighter for its landmarks and historic districts.

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FRIENDS Executive Director, Rachel Levy, speaking at the Committee on Land Use hearing.

FRIENDS Testifies at City Council Hearing on POPS

On June 29th, the City Council’s Committee on Land Use held a hearing to discuss Intro. 1219-2016, a proposed bill that would require the Department of City Planning to report to the City Council about the status of Privately Owned Public Spaces, known as “POPS.”

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Buildings Department Halts Work on 180 East 88th Street

Responding to pressure from civic groups including Carnegie Hill Neighbors and FRIENDS, in addition to our elected officials Council Member Ben Kallos and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and the power of the press, the New York City Buildings Department has ordered a stop to all construction on the luxury condominium tower at 180 East 88th Street.

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FRIENDS of the Upper East Side 2020