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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East 88th Street Tower: Zoning for New Heights Sinks to a New Low

An article in Monday’s New York Times, “4-Foot-Wide Lot, Carved Out by Developers, Causes Big Stir in Manhattan,” highlights a development project of serious concern to FRIENDS and other neighborhood advocates.

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Celebration of all things Yorkville!

A Celebration of all things Yorkville!

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.

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Join FRIENDS for our Spring Events!

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.

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Photos of our 33rd Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony!

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!

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33rd Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, March 29th

We are pleased to hold our 33rd Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony at The Cosmopolitan Club.

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Housing New York

Advocacy Update: Zoning Proposals Voted On to City Council

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.

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FRIENDS Featured in TV Segment about Zoning

The Board of Directors of FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Levy as Executive Director.

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The lobby of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel, winner of the 2015 Interior Award.

2016 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 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

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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.

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FRIENDS of the Upper East Side 2020