Without protection, the special character of our Upper East Side neighborhood could disappear. FRIENDS of the Upper East Side fights to keep our neighborhood vibrant, unique and livable.
Six-story tenement buildings 429 East 64th Street and 430 East 65th Street were landmarked in 1990 due to their social and historical significance as some of the first progressive affordable housing blocks, with windows in every room to make the small units more livable, but promptly had their landmark status stripped by the soon-to-be-defunct Board of Estimate with the express purpose of allowing a developer to tear them down and build luxury housing.
While the storied thoroughfares of Central Park West and Fifth Avenue both flank Central Park, their history and character are worlds apart.
It was a wonderful evening for all, and special thanks go out to the Benefit Committee for their assistance in organizing the event and making it such a great success! With the funds raised, FRIENDS can continue our mission as steward of the Upper East Side’s six historic districts and 128 individual landmarks.