EMERGENCY GRANTS | Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Conservancy Acts to Protect Weeksville Heritage Center Houses: Important Nonprofit in Financial Crunch

 The Conservancy is funding emergency repairs at three of the historic buildings at the Weeksville Heritage Center . Roof tarps were installed over leaking roofs on May 30. This will preserve the vulnerable interiors of the houses until the City commences a roof replacement project sometime next year.

Protecting the houses from further rain damage will assist the nonprofit Center in their ongoing efforts to preserve one of the most important free-Black settlements in the country. In addition to the roof tarps, the Conservancy is looking into funding other repairs that will help stabilize the historic Hunterfly Road Houses. 

ADVOCACY | City Council
City Council Limits Height of Residential "Voids"

The City Council voted yesterday to limit the height of mechanical “voids” in residential buildings to 25 feet. This is a good first step, and less than the 30 feet the Department of City Planning proposed. But the amendment only addresses one way developers game the zoning laws to create large buildings.

Under Council and public pressure, City Planning agreed to consider expanding the area covered by the new limit to residential buildings in Midtown, Hudson Yards, and Lower Manhattan.

ADVOCACY | Albany Statehouse
Help Us! Support Albany Bills to Close Zoning Loopholes

A proposal in Albany from Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and State Senator Robert Jackson sets limits on all floor heights in residential buildings, including mechanical voids, or has them count against the overall allowed size of new construction ( read bill ). This is a more comprehensive approach to zoning reform than the Department of City Planning has offered.

Please call or write your representatives to let them know that you support bill A5026A/S3820A and want it passed before the Legislature adjourns in June. Find your Assemblymember here
EVENTS | Statewide
2019 Sacred Sites Open House Was a Success!

Thousands of New Yorkers and visitors took advantage of a sunny weekend to tour more than 150 religious institutions across the State who opened their doors for our ninth annual Sacred Sites Open House. From pre-booked tours, to people who just saw an open door and stepped in, participants were treated to the history, beauty, and diversity of New York’s remarkable religious architecture. They also heard about the range of cultural and social service programs these institutions provide.

Emergency Grants Totaling $24,560 Help Nonprofit Groups

We can act quickly to help nonprofit organizations with building emergencies. A recent $10,000 grant to the Bloomingdale School of Music in Morningside Heights helped with the clean up after a major pipe burst soaked much of the interior.

A $14,560 grant is providing a beautiful new set of front doors to the Imanuel-First Spanish Church in Boerum Hill to replace ones damaged in a storm. (photo above: Chang W. Lee/ The New York Times )

2018 Annual Report

Learn more about the Conservancy and its 2018 projects and advocacy work. Highlights include a continued push to restore and raise funds for the Olmsted House in Staten Island and protecting the Brooklyn Promenade. We testified against out-of-scale structures, demanding that the City stop developers from creating large empty spaces, or "voids," so buildings are taller than normal zoning would allow.

The Conservancy also loaned over $500,000 to homeowners for restoration, provided Emergency Grants and preservation assistance to several nonprofit organizations, and granted over $487,000 to 40 religious institutions across New York State.

Mystery Landmark
Did You Identify This Mystery Landmark?

Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, located within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, was designed by Richard Upjohn in a Romanesque Revival style in 1844. The building originally housed the Church of the Pilgrims congregation, until that group merged with the nearby Plymouth Church in 1934. The building was sold in 1944 to a Maronite congregation, who had a growing community in Brooklyn.

As part of the early work to renovate the site, new exterior doors were added from the French luxury liner, the SS Normandie. Other components were also brought in from the 1948 demolition of the Charles Schwab mansion on the Upper West Side and marble flooring from the French and Lebanese pavilions at the 1939 World’s Fair.

The building was correctly identified by Ralph Caccia and his favorite landmark is the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

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