Monday, January 28, 2013
President Peg Breen, Robert Tierney from the Mayor's Office, Chairman Stuart Siegel and Liz Smith! They are the heartbeat of this organization. We love, love, LOVE The New York Landmarks Conservancy. We think of them and all the important work they do tirelessly everytime a beautiful building takes our breath away as we walk down the famed streets of Manhattan. And you should think of them too.
On Thursday, January 24, 2013, The New York Landmarks Conservancy held a laudable reception kicking off its 40th Anniversary, at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green, also known as the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian at Bowling Green. Listen to Robert Tierney:
Whom You Know was honored to be invited and we absolutely love this organization. Listen to Peachy Deegan talk about it on Rita Cosby's show on Friday, January 25, 2013 on 710 WOR in New York podcast here (starting at 35:45 into this first hour). More than 500 guests were in attendance to honor the work of the Conservancy, which has helped to save thousands of homes, nonprofit and religious institutions throughout New York.
The night would not have been complete without singing to Mover and Shaker Liz Smith! Happy Birthday to Liz February 2! We think she's turning 21...
In 1973, after the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House was left vacant, the New York Landmarks Conservancy worked with U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to move the Museum of the American Indian into the building. The Conservancy began with large, single projects like the Custom House--the first building the Conservancy saved--and preventing the demolition of the historic Fraunces Tavern Block in Lower Manhattan.
Throughout its 40 years, the Conservancy has grown and built an experienced technical staff, focused on financial assistance programs with a total of $40 million in loans and grants to more than 1,500 restoration projects totaling $1 billion. The Conservancy was created to go beyond advocacy and actually help restore historic buildings, and it’s the only group in New York that offers a range of assistance to achieve this restoration.
Most recently it has given emergency grants to landmark non-profits and religious institutions damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The Conservancy is a respected advocate for preservation at all levels of government. It helped initiate the stabilization of buildings on the south side of Ellis Island; landmark the great public rooms of The Plaza, and serves as a leading proponent of Moynihan Station. Most recently, the Conservancy is fighting to protect landmark quality buildings near Grand Central that are threatened by the Midtown East Rezoning proposal.
By saving homes, cultural, social and religious sites, and preserving neighborhoods, the Conservancy provides local jobs, promotes tourism and enhances New York’s quality of life. Hailed as a national model of enlightened and effective preservation, the Conservancy goes beyond the expected and sets new standards for the conservation of treasured landmarks, revitalizing architecturally significant structures and contributing to a “greener” City.
For more information, please visit www.nylandmarks.org.