2009 Public Programs & Events

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Screening: James Marston Fitch: Pioneer in Preservation Education by Frank Muhly, Jr
Thursday, December 3, 2009 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
James Fitch was a pioneer in the movement to preserve America’s architectural heritage. The Graduate Program in Preservation that he founded at Columbia University—the nation’s first—has become a model of a humanistic understanding of the built environment. In this affectionate portrait, two graduates of the Columbia program, Christine Ferinde and Jon Calame, looked at Fitch’s ideas at work, particularly in New York City locales that have become beloved American icons—South Street Seaport, Ellis Island, the cast iron district of SoHo, and Grand Central Station. Co-Sponsored by the Neighborhood Preservation Center and Preservation Alumni.



Time Honored: A Global View of Architectural Conservation Presentation by Author, John Stubbs
Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
Time Honored is a comprehensive analysis of international preservation theory and worldwide conservation strategies that explains the necessity of cultural heritage preservation in the modern world.  Author John H. Stubbs, Columbia University GSAPP professor and Vice President for Field Projects at the World Monuments Fund shared his fascinating experiences producing the book over the course of ten years and discoveries made along the way. Co-Sponsored by the Neighborhood Preservation Center and Preservation Alumni.



The Disappearing Face of Greenwich Village Storefronts: Presentation by Photographers, James & Karla Murray followed by Discussion with Storefront Owners
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at Judson Memorial Assembly Hall (239 Thompson Street)
Photographer-curators James and Karla Murray provide an irreplaceable window to the rich cultural experience of New York City as seen through its neighborhood shops in their book, Storefront: The Disappearing Face of New York. Through panoramic photographs, portraits of individual storefronts, and illuminating interviews with shop owners, their book reveals how neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. This presentation by the authors, followed by discussion with storefront owners was co-sponsored with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.


Lost Churches of The Upper West Side: A History in Postcard Images
Presentation by Author, Michael V. Susi

Thursday, August 20, 2009 at Macaulay Honors College (35 West 67th Street)
“…postcards celebrate America…They also confirm the vigor of this country’s often anonymous grass-roots art forms and the importance of popular culture to so-called high art.” - February 6, 2009 New York Times review of a Metropolitan Museum of Art postcard exhibition.
Vintage postcard collector Michael V. Susi, author of Columbia University and Morningside Heights and The Upper West Side, shared his images of the lost structures of the Upper West Side. Though a relatively young neighborhood, the Upper West Side has endured many heartbreaking losses over decades of development and redevelopment; among the most remarkable of these have been the lost and threatened sanctuaries. Co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Preservation Center and LandmarkWest!



Divided Cities: Ethnic Lines Reflected in Urban Partitions. Presentation by Author, Jon Calame
Thursday, August 13, 2009 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
Jon Calame, co-author of Divided Cities: Beirut, Jerusalem, Mostar, and Nicosia and founding partner of Minerva Partners, explored the logic of violent urban partition along ethnic lines—when it occurs, who supports it, what it costs, and why seemingly healthy cities succumb to it. His field-based investigations were coupled with scholarly research to illuminate the history of urban dividing lines, the social impacts of physical partition, and the assorted professional responses to "self-imposed apartheid." The book signing and moderated discussion regarded American cities vulnerable to violent partition, with special attention to Detroit in the wake of the auto industry collapse. The International Crisis Group review of Divided Cities. Co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Preservation Center and Minerva Partners.

Meet 'n Greet with ioby.org Project Groups  
August 11 and 12, 2009 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
ioby.org is the first online micro-philanthropic initiative to support local environmental action. ioby stands for "in our backyards" and the belief that environmental knowledge, innovation, service, and action begin and thrive at the local level. Their New York City pilot launched on May 1, 2009 with more than 50 community-based projects. For two consecutive nights, ioby.org highlighted initiatives led by their project groups followed by an informal discussion.


Open Space, Personal & Public Health
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
Discussion led by Lindsay Campbell, U.S. Forest Service and co-editor of Restorative Commons.

Green Building & Energy Efficiency
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
Discussion led by Benjamin Shepherd of NYC green building firm, Atelier 10. Co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Preservation Center and ioby.org.

Safeguarding History and the Environment: Commonalities and Conflicts between Preservation and Sustainability, A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at AIA Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place)
Moderator and Director of Research and Education at the World Monuments Fund Erica Avrami led this panel tackling the various conflicts and commonalities that exist between preserving buildings and making them sustainable. It explored the importance of both historic preservation and sustainability-and how they can work together-through in-depth discussion of both fields and case studies of East Village tenement buildings and the McCarren Pool in Brooklyn. Featured panelists Chris Benedict, a sustainability architect and Pratt Institute faculty member known for her work in adaptive reuse; Fiona Cousins, an expert on all aspects of sustainable design who has worked on both renovations and new builds; Scott Demel, an associate architect at Rogers Marvel Architects whose work has focused on restoration with a commitment to sustainable design; and Ned Kaufman, a heritage conservation specialist and founder of Place Matters, a nonprofit dedicated to discovering and protecting places that matter in New York's diverse communities. This event was co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, American Institute of Architects Historic Buildings Committee and the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

The Big Read: Washington Square by Henry James. Reading Group led by Jim Kraft from the Mercantile Library
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. For its 2009 Big Read, The Mercantile Library Center for Fiction sponsored a series of events focused on Henry James' classic novel Washington Square. The story focuses on heiress Catherine Sloper, whose domineering father thwarts her attempts at love and happiness with cad-about-town, Morris Townsend. On April 14th, Jim Kraft, the Mercantile Library's own Jamesian, led a reading group. This event was co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the Neighborhood Preservation Center.


In Their Footsteps: A Salute to the Women of the Greenwich Village Preservation Movement

Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Judson Memorial Hall (239 Thompson Street)
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation's Preservation Oral History Project features oral histories from many of the influential women of the preservation movement, including Margo Gayle, Verna Small and Jane Jacobs. This salute (part three of GVSHP's Women's History Month series) featured selections from their oral histories that explore their experiences and their passion for preservation in their own words, with a keynote lecture by Roberta Brandes Gratz on Jane Jacobs. Co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the New York Preservation Archive Project, the Historic Districts Council and the Neighborhood Preservation Center.


Win, Lose or Draw: NYC Landmarks!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Jimmy's No. 43 (43 East 7th Street).
April Fools' Benefit Dinner. 10% of the proceeds benefited the Neighborhood Preservation Center





Historic Districts and International Tourism: NYC Landmarks Law vs. World Heritage Listing  
Lecture by Architectural Conservator, Mary Kay Judy
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
New York City's districts and individual landmarks create an ambiance that is engaging to the tourist and to economic development. Incredibly, New York City has only one World Heritage Site, the Statue of Liberty. A comparison of top country destinations and UNESCO World Heritage listed sites reveals that there is a direct correlation between officially recognized cultural heritage and tourism revenues. Tourism and the economic benefits of preservation were were specifically cited in upholding the New York City Landmarks law in the 1978 Grand Central Supreme Court decision. This presentation by architectural conservator Mary Kay Judy discussed how the New York Landmarks Law and UNESCO World Heritage Listing compare internationally.  Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, the Neighborhood Preservation Center and the Historic Districts Council.

Specters of Spain: The Spanish Gothic Architecture of Ralph Adams Cram
Thursday, February 5, 2009 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center
Preservation Alumni and the Neighborhood Preservation Center presented a screening of a video project created by a John Gomez, a recent graduate of the Columbia H.P. Program. The film features the cathedrals and churches of Ralph Adams Cram and was followed by a discussion of Cram's Spanish Gothic architecture and the preservation issues it faces.  The video project was an outgrowth of John's thesis project, "Church of the Sacred Heart in Jersey City, New Jersey: A History and Analysis of Ralph Adams Cram's Seminal Spanish Gothic Masterwork," which won PA's 2008 Fitch Thesis Prize.