Last month, on March 2, 2023, the Department of City Planning (DCP) held a Scoping Meeting to give the public an opportunity to make their voices heard about what should be included in the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposal. FRIENDS' public testimony at the meeting (watch it here) pointed out that the massive up-zoning of the block would introduce midtown-level density and destroy the equilibrium of zoning and historic district tools that have been
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.
Watch a recording of our online talk "Fact and Fiction about the 12FAR Cap" by urban planner and zoning expert George Janes held on March 21st and co-sponsored by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and Landmark West!
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.
After shelving expansion plans during the pandemic, Lenox Hill Hospital has once again come forward with a rezoning proposal to radically expand the scale of its full-block campus between 76th and 77th streets and Park and Lexington avenues. Although the residential tower on Park Avenue has been dropped from the proposal, the plans are largely the same as the revised proposal from October 2020, including a rezoning of the entire block and a 436-ft. tall
New district lines for New York State Assembly districts are now being considered for adoption, and as proposed, big changes are coming to representation in local government for the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island.
In December and early January, FRIENDS partnered with Art on the Ave and Manhattan Sideways to lead a series of free, guided neighborhood walks to explore some of the sites and artworks featured in our current exhibition, BEYOND THE BRICKS. The project documents the history and stories of small businesses and the historic buildings in which they are located, combining original research, writing, photography, and work by local artists, to spark conversations about the unique
FRIENDS' gallery walks to showcase our exhibition BEYOND THE BRICKS were recently featured on Fox5 New York. Organized in collaboration with Art on the Ave and Manhattan Sideways, the exhibition features the stories of small business owners and the historic buildings in which they are located. Paired with work by local artists, these elements come together to spark conversations about the unique character of the Upper East Side, and what makes a community "beyond the
Advocacy Update: FRIENDS joins Preservation Groups and Elected Officials Protest Demolitions of Landmarked Buildings
Please join us tomorrow, December 15th at 2pm on the steps of City Hall to bring attention to the recent demolitions of landmarked and soon-to-be-landmarked buildings across the city, and to demand action from the city to do more to protect historic buildings.