THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
LINDSAY’S FORGOTTEN PRESERVATION LEGACY: AIR RIGHTS AND THE STRENGTHENING OF THE LANDMARKS LAW
The Lindsay administration activated and extended the Wagner-era landmarks law, using a variety of strategies to protect historic buildings and districts, including Grand Central Terminal, the South Street Seaport, and the Theater District. How important was the tool of air rights transfers in this program, and how did air rights factor into the pivotal Penn Central Co. vs. New York City Supreme Court decision? How well have air rights held up as a preservation tool? These and other questions will be considered by former City Planning Commission Chairman Donald Elliott; Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel Leonard Koerner; Frank Sciame of F.J. Sciame Construction; and former Office of Lower Manhattan Development Director Richard Weinstein. The conversation will be moderated by former Landmarks Commission Chair and former President of the Municipal Art Society, Kent Barwick, with closing remarks by Robert Tierney, Chair, Landmarks Preservation Commission. Co-sponsored by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Historic Districts Council, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the South Street Seaport Museum. Presented in conjunction with America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York. Reception to follow. Reservations required.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5
IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION: GENTRIFICATION IN EAST HARLEM AND THE LOWER EAST SIDE
Residents of these two diverse, vibrant neighborhoods have long dealt with the pressures of gentrification and have struggled for affordability. Their story is told in two recent documentaries. Join the filmmakers for a screening and discussion of The Lower East Side: An Endangered Place by Robert Weber and Whose Barrio? by Edward Morales and Laura Rivera, with opening remarks by The Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council, District 8. Co-sponsored by the office of New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and East Harlem Preservation. This program is presented as part of the ongoing series The Urban Forum: New York Neighborhoods, Preservation and Development. Reservations required.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18
DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN: A PORTRAIT IN LETTERS OF AN AMERICAN VISIONARY
When Daniel Patrick Moynihan died in 2003, the Economist described him as "a philosopher-politician diplomat who two centuries earlier would not have been out of place among the Founding Fathers." Steven Weisman, Editorial Director and Public Policy Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, has culled the papers of this gifted author and voluminous correspondent to create a vivid portrait of the Senator's life in Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary (Public Affairs Books, 2010). Mr. Weisman will moderate a panel with Peter W. Galbraith, Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control; Stephen Hess, Senior Fellow Emeritus in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution; Richard Ravitch, Lieutenant Governor of New York; and The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator for New York. Reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the American Irish Historical Society, the Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and The Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Reservations Required.
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