New York Grants

Alliance for Downtown New York

Grant Term: 2007 to 2008

Grant Amount: $55,000

Grant Objectives: Movie Nights at Elevated Acre (2007),Third Thursdays Lecture Series (2007, 2008)

Grant to Alliance for Downtown New York

In 2008, the Trust supported the Downtown Alliance’s Third Thursdays lecture series with a grant of $15,000. The lecture series cover a variety of topics on the history of New York, and are held in historic locations throughout the City. In 2008 lectures included a range of topics from the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s first explorations of the New York area, to designing a memorial at the World Trade Center, as well a detailed discussion of Manhattan’s famous landmarks. Venues for the series included the Museum of American Finance, the Broad Street Ballroom, and 7 World Trade Center.

In 2007, the Trust supported Alliance for Downtown New York’s Movie Nights at the Elevated Acre. Movie nights is a popular film series and part of the free cultural programming that makes up the annual River to River Festival. Movie Nights is a vehicle for the Festival to develop crossover audiences for independent and classic film from loyal concertgoer base, attract thousands of artist filmgoers to Lower Manhattan for curated presentation and conversations with filmmakers in a one of a kind setting and create a popular venue for outdoor film in one of New York’s most interesting architectural spaces. Movie Nights was specifically created for the Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, which is a privately owned public space opened in 2005 following its redesign by Rogers Marvel Architects. The park is 40 feet above street level, and was transformed from a barren, cement expanse into an award winning public space.

Downtown Third Thursdays is a popular monthly lecture series, scheduled for the third Thursday of each month January through May, conducted in Architecturally significant Downtown locations and featuring major writers and historians of local and national prominence. Topics showcase themes and issues of particular relevance to the Lower Manhattan community and New York City. The 2007 series marked the third season of the lecture series. Topics included Greetings from New Amsterdam: How Manhattan Became the Island at the Center of the World, Cass Gilbert and History: The Past as Present New York County Lawyers’ Association, and Forgotten Splendor: Restoring Downtown’s Historic Architecture.

Art Deco Society of New York

Grant Term: 2005

Grant Amount: $15,000

Grant Objectives: World Congress/Art Deco

Grant to Art Deco Society of New York

Funding helped to support the International World Congress on Art Deco and New York Art Deco Week held in New York in 2005. Events included lectures, walking and bus tours, cultural and social events, educational programs and a focus on Lower Manhattan/Wall Street architecture. At the core of the educational programs was a three-day symposium at the CUNY Graduate Center which drew up to 700 participants from around the world to study and celebrate the unparalleled design achievements of the inter-war years.

Brooklyn Historical Society

Grant Term: 2007 to 2008

Grant Amount: $60,000

Grant Objectives: Park Slope Neighborhood Guide, Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill Neighborhood Guide

Grant to Brooklyn Historical Society

In support of an effort to continue their Neighborhood and Architectural Guides, the Brooklyn Historical Society has been given a grant of $60,000 by the Trust for Architectural Easements. These guides emphasize the vitality and aesthetic importance of Brooklyn’s diverse communities during a period of renaissance and growth. The newest guides focus on the Park Slope and Fort Greene/Clinton Hill neighborhoods and will be written by Francis Morrone, author of the Architectural Guidebook to New York City and An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn. Previous guides, which focus on neighborhoods including Williamsburg, Red Hook, Greenpoint, and Gowanus, have been distributed to community residents, visitors, students and educators. Local businesses, arts and cultural organizations, neighborhood associations and elementary and secondary schools throughout the borough also receive the guides.

Citizens Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation

Grant Term: 2008

Grant Amount: $5,000

Grant Objectives: Lobbying for a Landmarks Preservation Commission Budget and Staff Increase

Grant to Citizens Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation

The Citizens Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation (CECPP) works to promote the preservation of New York City’s treasured landmarks. In 2008, the Trust for Architectural Easements gave CECPP a $5,000 grant to lobby City Hall in an effort to ensure that the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has an adequate budget and staff to keep pace with the agency’s expanding workload. The Preservation Commission works to identify and designate new landmarks within the city, processes permits for work on over 23,000 already designated landmarks, and enforces compliance with the Landmark Laws. The group faced a $300,000 reduction in its 2008-2009 yearly budget, which would limit the work that might be accomplished. Through its work, CECPP was able to restore the groups’ budget to its 2007-2008 level of $4.6 million.

City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation

Grant Term: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008

Grant Amount: $62,700

Grant Objectives: Citywide Monuments Conservation Program

Grant to City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation

The benefits of the monument conservation program of the NYC Parks and Recreation can be seen in all the boroughs of the city. From June to August, interns were engaged in a mixture of conservation and maintenance of outdoor artworks and monuments, as well as routine and regular inspections condition assessments and documentation. Throughout the summer, the interns received broad and in-depth training in the precepts and methods of outdoor monuments conservation.

Friends of the High Line

Grant Term: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008

Grant Amount: $100,000

Grant Objectives: Educational Program Consulting Fees (2004-2005), Section 1 Design Exhibition/Programming (2007-2008)

Grant to Friends of the High Line

In 2004 and 2005, Friends of the High Line operated two afterschool education programs. Students in grades two through eight learned about the history of the high line, when and why it was built, and what it looks like now. They created mobiles depicting the High Line in every season and went on a walking tour to see the High Line close-up. A portion of the grant was also used to pay for consulting fees to have the High Line listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Through 2007 and into 2008, the Trust worked with Friends of the Highline to promote the redevelopment of the park in New York City. The grant provided by the Trust supported a West Chelsea walking tour, a history video of the highline narrated by Ethan Hawke, as well as a publication and design video of the Highline.

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Grant Term: 2006

Grant Amount: $1,000

Grant Objectives: House Tour Patron

Grant to Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation was founded in 1980 to preserve the architectural heritage and cultural history of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. Each year, the organization sponsors tours of historic neighborhood houses.

Historic Districts Council

Grant Term: 2006, 2007, 2008

Grant Amount: $60,000

Grant Objectives: “Creating an Historic District” publication (2006);13th Annual Preservation Conference (2007);14th Annual Conference and National Register Reconnaissance Survey (2008)

Grant to Historic Districts Council

The Historic Districts Council works to ensure the preservation of significant historic neighborhoods, buildings and public spaces in New York City to ensure the integrity of New York City’s Landmark Law, and to further the preservation ethic. The National Register Reconnaissance Survey looked to document and compare the number of locally designated historic districts and districts listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The goal of the study was to identify locally designated districts that could benefit from listing on the Registers. The annual conference hosted by the Historic Districts Council focuses on a broad topic of specific importance to the preservation community and the public at large. Past topics have included preservation of publicly owned properties, cultural history and landmarks, and the economics and demographics of historic preservation.

2007 – The Annual Preservation Conference Series, HDC’s main educational program, serves to inform, educate and expose constituents from communities across the five boroughs to ideas, strategies and histories of preservation and development. The Conference series includes events over five days, including several individual lectures, a Friday evening reception, a full-day conference with a keynote address and panels focused on thematic topics, and six Sunday walking tours throughout the boroughs.

2006 – “Creating an Historic District” is the guidebook for individuals and neighborhood groups interested in historic preservation. Originally published in 1992, more than 750 copies have been printed and distributed. The book outlines New York City’s landmark designation process in an easy to read, detail step by step format. Changes have occurred to the landmarks designation process since its first printing, however, and a new edition would provide up to date guidance and support to individuals and grassroots community groups seeking to preserve their communities. The updated version reflects both changes to the Landmark Preservation Commission’s designation process as well as those brought about by the availability of online resources and electronic communication.

Horatio Street Block Association

Grant Term: 2003, 2004

Grant Amount: $22,380

Grant Objectives: Horatio Street Cobblestone Replacement

Grant to Horatio Street Block Association

The Trust supported the restoration of cobblestones on Horatio Street located in Greenwich Village in New York City. Historically, the streets of New York were lined with cobblestone. This project brought Horatio Street back to its roots and it is once again lined with cobblestone.

Jackson Heights Garden City Society

Grant Term: 2007

Grant Amount: $2,000

Grant Objectives: Neighborhood Guide Distribution

Grant to Jackson Heights Garden City Society

The mission of the Jackson Heights Garden City Society is to advance interest in and understanding of the history and heritage of urban residential architecture, community development, Garden Cities worldwide, and the Jackson Heights Historic Area. In 2007, the Trust supported the Society’s efforts to distribute The Jackson Heights Garden City Trail, which is a user friendly guide to Jackson Heights, the nation’s first and largest planned cooperative and garden community. The Guide includes a discussion of the distinct architecture of the community, a list and description of the private parks and gardens, a summary of the unique and innovative design elements, and several annotate walking tours.

NOHO NY Business Improvement District

Grant Term: 2004, 2005, 2006

Grant Amount: $42,968

Grant Objectives: Bond Street Cobblestone Replacement (2004 to 2005); Streetlight Replacement on West 10th Street (2006)

Grant to NOHO NY Business Improvement District

In 2006, the NOHO NY Business Improvement District undertook an initiative to replace streetlight on West 10th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues with more historically accurate lamps. With the help of the Trust, the group was able to replace the lamps with Bishop’s Crook lampposts, which were located throughout the city beginning in the early 20th century and remained in place into the 1960’s.

From 2004 to 2005, the Trust supported the restoration of cobblestones on Bond Street located in New York City. Historically, the streets of New York were lined with cobblestone. This project brought Bond Street back to its roots and it is once again lined with cobblestone.

Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church

Grant Term: 2008

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Objectives: Emergency brick re-pointing and window repair

Grant to Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church

Since the time of its construction in the early 1900s, Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church has served the Harlem community. In recent years, the congregation has worked to renovate the interior of their parish house as the future home of their Head Start Program. Before those repairs could be completed, it was necessary to complete work on the building’s exterior, including its windows and brickwork. The exterior work ensured that no water would get into the building. The Trust for Architectural Easements provided $50,000 to ensure that the necessary emergency work to re-point the building’s brickwork and window repairs could be completed. With the completion of this exterior work, the interior renovations could be completed allowing the Head Start Program to begin.

Museum of Modern Art

Grant Term: 2005, 2006

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Objectives: Production of Educator Guides

Grant to Museum of Modern Art

In an effort to educate American youth about the evolution of the skyscraper and its effect on the world, the Trust made a grant to MomMA to support the research, writing and free distribution of a series of study guides based on the Museum’s extensive exhibition materials on the subject. The first guide examines the development of skyscrapers in America throughout the 20th century. The guides are designed to help kindergarten through 12th grade teachers integrate architecture into their current curricula.

Open House New York

Grant Term: 2007, 2008

Grant Amount: $25,000

Grant Objectives: Kids Programing and Weekend

Grant to Openhousenewyork

Openhousenewyork provides public programming year- round to engage and challenge diverse audiences to appreciate and understand the impact architecture and design have on our every day lives. Through direct experiences and dialougue with architects, designers and planners, OHNY opens doors to the public to discover cutting edge new work, restoration of NYC landmarks, construction of infrastructure and engineering works, and neighborhood planning efforts. OHNY weekend is America’s largest architecture and design event. From discovering uniquely designed residences to exploring some of the city’s iconic landmarks, 200 of NYC’s most architecturally interesting and appealing sites opened their doors to the public, free of charge. Additionally, OHNY hosted 154 free programs including special onsite tours, talks, workshops, and performances designed to spark creative interactions between visitors and leading architects, designers, historians, artists, planners, and scholars. As part of the weekend, the Trust led a tour designed specifically for children, during which participants were shown through the SoHo Cast-Iron National Historic District in lower Manhattan. Participants learned about the history of the cast-iron buildings in SoHo, and how to tell the difference between a cast-iron-fronted building and a masonry one. After the tour, participants retired to an architectural studio in SoHo to create their own cast-iron façade designs.

Park Slope Civic Council

Grant Term: 2009

Grant Amount: $4,000

Grant Objectives: Extension of Park Slope Historic District

Grant to Park Slope Civic Council

The Park Slope Civic Council works to nurtures, defends, celebrates, and invigorates the community of Park Slope, a neighborhood in Brooklyn New York. Since the 1950’s, the organization has worked to protect it’s neighborhood from changes that would take away the historical characteristics that make up the area. Listed as a New York City Landmark in 1973, Park Slope is Brooklyn’s largest historic district. The Council is now undertaking efforts to enlarge the district to include areas that have historically been part seen as part of Park Slope, but were left out of the original district. The new district would enlarge the district from 1,975 buildings to approximately 7,000 structures. The Trust is offering financial support, as well as the time of their staff Architectural Historians. It is hoped that the research and survey work completed will expand the Park Slope Historic District into the largest district in the City.

Tribeca Community Association

Grant Term: 2005, 2006

Grant Amount: $25,000

Grant Objectives: Maintenance of James Bogardus Park

Grant to Tribeca Community Association

Working to ensure the continuation of one of New York’s historic parks, the Trust supported a civic initiative to make sure historic James Bogardus Park would remain in existence. This triangle of green open space at the intersection of Hudson Street, West Broadway and Chambers Street is named for the father of cast iron architecture whose foundry was located in nearby Tribeca.