More Emergency Repairs at Historic Weeksville

 A fierce thunderstorm recently tore apart a large roof tarp we installed at Weeksville in mid-August. So we have given another Emergency Grant to install a temporary rolled roof. This should provide the 1840 wooden building greater protection against leaks that have damaged the interior. We will continue to work with the Weeksville Heritage Center to protect their vulnerable historic houses until City-funded work finally begins, probably in a year. The Conservancy has given emergency funds to Weeksville, an important early free African-American site, for more than thirty years.  

ADVOCACY | Staten Island
Continued Progress at the Landmark Olmsted House

The City Parks Department completed asbestos abatement in the basement of the Frederick Law Olmsted House in mid-August and the urgent repair project is now out to bid. We are arranging walk-throughs with contractors and hope to do emergency work at the house this fall. 

Olmsted lived in the house in the 1850s and first experimented with landscape design there. Trees he planted are still on the property.

Preservation Assistance | Lower East Side & East Village
Conservancy Consults on East Side Coastal Resiliency Plans

The Conservancy is a consulting party reviewing City plans for a coastal flood protection system along the East River from Montgomery Street to East 25th Street. The system would be located largely within City parkland and would include flood walls, levies, floodgates and other infrastructure improvements. The project impacts a number of City landmarks and National Register listed properties, including the Asser Levy Public Baths and Church of St. Brigid–St. Emeric on Tompkins Square. Our role is to minimize any impact on the historic buildings. 
EVENTS | The Plaza
Save the Date - 2019 Living Landmarks Celebration

Please save  November 6th  for our 2019 Living Landmarks Celebration at The Plaza. We hope you will join us in honoring another outstanding class of exceptional New Yorkers.

Carole Bailey French
Ted Mathas
H. Carl McCall
Mark Morris
Emily K. Rafferty
Barbara & Donald Tober

Liz & Jeff Peek
Patsy & Jeff Tarr 

New York Social Diaries’ David Patrick Columbia will be our Master of Ceremonies.

Peter Duchin Orchestra

The Living Landmarks Celebration is the Conservancy’s principal fundraising event and provides vital resources for our programs to preserve and protect the iconic buildings and diverse neighborhoods that define the City we love.

For more information, contact Alissa Catalano .
Mystery Landmark
Did You Identify This Mystery Landmark?

The High Bridge Water Tower at High Bridge Park in Washington Heights. It was designated a City Landmark in 1967 and designed by John B. Jervis (1866-72). Standing at 200 feet, this granite tower was built with a 47,000-gallon tank that used to provide gravity pressure for Manhattan’s water system. Water was pumped into the tank from a nearby reservoir; in 1934 it was replaced with a public swimming pool. 

The water tower is also next to High Bridge , the oldest standing bridge in New York City, having originally opened as part of the Croton Aqueduct in 1848. It is a steel arch bridge with a height of 140 feet over the Harlem River, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx (170th Street). The High Bridge reopened as a pedestrian walkway in 2015 after being closed for over 40 years and undergoing a $20 million restoration.

The Conservancy honored High Bridge with a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for the restoration of the structure.

The structure was correctly identified by Louis Mazzari , his favorite landmark is the former headquarters of The Bowery Savings Bank at 110 East 42nd Street, across from Grand Central Terminal. It is now Cipriani 42nd Street .

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