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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Send a letter or email to
a local leader or elected official to express your concerns.

Here we provide a sample letter that you may download and personalize, or use as is, but be sure to sign your name to it. 

Kindly cc us, too, at info@SaveRiverside.org

Demand New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Expand the Audubon Park Historic District.This plan would expand the current historic district architecturally, historically, and culturally, by adding the oldest continuously-occupied wooden structure in northern Manhattan, three sets of row houses predating and anticipating rapid transit, and apartment houses representing later periods and architects than those in the currently designated area.

ARTIMUS VARIANCE APPLICATION IN INWOOD

WHAT YOU CAN DO

SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS
IN WRITING TO
THE BOARD OF STANDARDS AND APPEALS 
BEFORE THEIR HEARING SCHEDULED FOR
DECEMBER 13th14th, 2021. 

You can email your objections to submit@bsa.nyc.gov.

 

Your subject line should be: "Comment on BSA Item No. 2021‐41‐BZ, 22-38 Cumming St., Dec 13-14 Hearing." 

 

Please use this template and have a look at this reference document.

 

The BSA will consider the specific points we provide pertaining to the application.

 

They will not consider broader commentary such as "the community needs more affordable housing." 

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2022 
12:00 pm
Dorrance Brooks Square Historic District Marker unveiling at Dorrance Brooks Square Park – St. Nicholas Avenue and West 136th Street

WALK WITH THE

Abolitionists of Washington Heights: 2022

A new virtual walking tour, “FERRY TO FREEDOM:
The Abolitionists of Washington Heights,”
travels back to the days when this community was known for its rolling hills, grand villas and fervent anti-slavery sentiment.

An agent of the Underground Railroad (UGRR), an enterprising judge, a famed white supremacist and others come to life in a free virtual Jane’s Walk that reveals the people, places, and little-known history of uptown Manhattan. 

 

Led by local historian Matthew Spady (author of The Neighborhood Manhattan Forgot: Audubon Park and the Families Who Shaped It) and journalist Joseph V. Amodio, the “walk” will stretch from the Hudson River (site of a sugar refinery and ferry run by a documented agent of the UGRR) to uptown’s only abolitionist church to the home at 857 Riverside Drive, the last remnant of this colony of freedom fighters still standing—and threatened today with demolition.

 

Along the way you’ll hear tales of other later notable residents, including New York City’s first African-American mayor, David Dinkins; popular married comedy duo Stiller & Meara; and the pioneering preservationist Reginald Pelham Bolton, whose home may also soon be bulldozed.

 

Sponsored by the Municipal Arts Society, Jane’s Walk NYC is an annual celebration of the life and activism of Jane Jacobs, featuring a host of virtual, socially distanced, and self-guided tours throughout the five boroughs.

 

This year, the festival weekend takes place May 6, 7 and 8.

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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery.

WHAT:

“FERRY TO FREEDOM:
The Abolitionists of Washington Heights”

newly revised virtual walking tour

 

WHEN:

Saturday, May 7, 2022
1:00 pm

 

DURATION:

About one hour

 

COST:

Free

 

TO REGISTER:

janeswalk.org

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From the presidency of Save Chelsea in her former neighborhood, to the presidency of the Upper Riverside Residents Alliance/Save Riverside, native New Yorker Lesley Doyel has discovered that she’s an incurable preservationist.

 

Growing up during the 1950s and 1960s in the oldest house in the Chelsea Historic District, Lesley developed a deep love of history, but also witnessed the demolition of many historic structures, including the original Pennsylvania Station, in the days before the existence of the NYC Landmarks Law passed in 1965.

Upstate, Lesley is President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society and is Co-Chair of the recently formed Historic Preservation Committee, both in Copake, NY.

 

Lesley is proud of her involvement in numerous preservation efforts, including the designation of Tin Pan Alley (2020), and the Hopper Gibbons House UGRR Site (2009), the later in many ways foreshadowing her current involvement in the effort to save the 1851 abolitionist house at 857 Riverside Drive.

Graduating in 1976 from NYU with a degree in art history, Lesley’s long career as a teacher actually began in Washington Heights in the Education Department of the Cloisters Museum.

 

Further experience as an educator included many years at Parsons School of Design as Coordinator of the Integrated Art History Curriculum, work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dahesh and Skyscraper Museums.

 

Lesley now teaches a class for kids from second to fifth grades called Hands On History at PS11 in Chelsea. In addition to exploring local neighborhood history, the class emphasizes the importance of historic preservation through landmark protections and adaptive reuse.

Since 2014, Lesley and her family have lived in the Audubon Park neighborhood of Washington Heights, N.Y.C. 

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Peter Nicholas (Nick) Fritsch was born in New York City.

He graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1979.

 

Nick is a representational painter, and photographer who has also been involved with video production and post-production.

For over 25 years he ran the independent world and classical music label Lyrichord Discs, at which he designed the graphics for hundreds of CD releases, advertisements, catalogs and brochures.

He is currently webmaster and board member of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society in Copake Falls, NY.

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Nora Fritsch has designed and managed the official websites for the Park Avenue Youth Theatre, Save Chelsea and the Buttonwood Foundation, and currently, the website for the organization Tin Pan Alley NYC. As a web designer she creates the look, layout, and features of the organization’s website, reflecting the organization’s brand and values.  In addition to portraits, headshots and theatrical photography, Nora utilizes her photographic, video and editing skills to create content for these websites and related social media.

 

In 2021 she filmed and edited an hour-long documentary, Tin Pan Alley’s Black and Jewish Music Culture; From New York City to America’s Songbook, featuring noted author and historian, John T. Reddick.

 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jStHr3gnw8

 

Nora has worked as a production and administrative staff member providing technical and creative support for The Park Avenue Youth Theater.

 

She is a graduate of The City University of New York at Lehman College with a B.A. in Theatre.

 

She has a background in youth theater and has worked and volunteered as an educator for over 10 years. She was involved in the development of a local history focused curriculum called Hands On History, which is still taught at her former elementary school, PS 11 in Chelsea. 

 

She draws from her experience as a member and later as costume assistant with CUNY’s Creative Arts Team Youth Theater (CAT), her work for the NYC City Council, and as a founding board member of the Lehman Legacy Playhouse. 

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See preservationPICTURED page for details.

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