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