Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2009 EOY Report

EOY earnings report are in for Vornado and the Hotel Pennsylvania: Hotel made $15,108,000 for the year ending 09.  This is down again from the previous year of $42,269,000.  With numbers like this, Vornado will have no concerns about ripping it down.  Earnings can be found here:


Friday, February 19, 2010

HDC Conference is Two Weeks Away! Last Chance for Groups to Participate in Friday Reception

Registration is Now Open for HDC’s Sixteenth Annual Preservation Conference, Preservation in New York: The Next Generation
This year the conference will examine the future of preservation in New York City as a movement, both in terms of the types of buildings we should be preserving and the audiences we must engage in order to be successful. What will be the landmarks for the next generation and who will be fighting to preserve them? The Conference will focus on specific types of architecture, including modern, cultural and vernacular, that have been less appreciated in the past but are now increasingly seen as significant. We will examine the reasons these buildings are important and the future of their preservation.
Although preservation is a populist movement, preservationists have not been successful in involving a wider citizenry in our campaigns. In order to be effective, a broader base must be engaged in our efforts to protect New York’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Speakers will address ways to involve diverse populations, including low-income communities, new immigrants, and youth, in successful neighborhood preservation initiatives. A distinguished group of preservationists, educators and community advocates from across New York City’s five boroughs will address these issues. The Conference consists of two panel discussions, “New Landmarks: Modern, Vernacular and Cultural Sites” and “New Audiences: Identifying and Partnering with Diverse Populations.” Each panel will be immediately followed by a breakout session where Conference attendees will be able to have a discussion with individual panelists in a more focused, roundtable format.
March 5: Opening Night Reception
We’re almost out of exhibit space – if you want a table, you must contact ftolbert@hdc.org immediately.

This year the Opening Reception will be held in the LGBT Community Center, housed in an historic 19th-century school. As with last year’s event, in addition to refreshments and good preservation-minded conversation, this festive kick-off event will feature presentations on proposed historic districts and preservation campaigns across the city. Come meet fellow neighborhood advocates and learn about their preservation efforts.

Friday, March 5, 6:00pm, at The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street between Seventh and Greenwich Avenues. Tickets for this event are $35/person, $30 for Friends of HDC, seniors and students. Reservations required. Please call (212) 614-9107 or visit our website.

March 6: “The Next Generation” Conference Panels
This year’s Conference Panels will bring together a distinguished group of preservationists, educators, community activists and non-profit leaders from New York City’s five boroughs to present their views in a series of panel discussions: “New Landmarks: Modern, Vernacular and Cultural Sites” and “New Audiences: Identifying and Partnering with Diverse Populations” and a keynote address delivered by Fran Leadon, architect, professor, and co-author of the forthcoming AIA Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition. In a change to our usual program, following each panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to join breakout sessions to learn more about the specific topics that interest them most.
Saturday, March 6, 8:30am-4:30pm, at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street between Court and Clinton Streets, Brooklyn. Full day admission is $45/person, $35/person for Friends of HDC and seniors. Fee includes continental breakfast, box lunch, and afternoon snack. Entrance fee will be waved for students with valid university ID (meals are not included). For reservations, please call (212) 614-9107 or visit our website.

March 7: Walking Tours

The final day of HDC’s Preservation Conference features six walking tours of neighborhoods throughout New York City:

v  The Grand Concourse: Ain’t It Grand! ~ 11am-1pm
v  A Walk Through Norwegian Brooklyn: Lapskaus Boulevard ~ 11am-1pm
v  Chelsea and Lamartine Place: A Cultural History ~ 10am-1pm
v  Modern in Midtown: Landmarks of the Recent Past  ~ 11am-1pm
v  Parkchester: A City Within a City ~ 11am-1pm
v  West End Avenue: Way Out West ~ 11am-1pm
Sunday, March 7. Space is limited, so reserve early. Directions and meeting locations will be provided upon registration. To register via PayPal, please visit our website or call (212) 614-9107. You may also access a mail-in registration form here.
Attend a FREE pre-conference program at the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

All three events are free – but space is limited and RSVPS are necessary.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


In 1929 another famous hotel that was designed by McKim Mead, and White, was demolished to make way for another skyscraper. The building known as that Empire State Building now stands on the corner of 5th ave and 34th st. Although the Waldorf was rebuilt further uptown, it does go to show that our McKim Mead and White hotel is looking at the same fate.