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Feb ,2016

From 7 Staten Island Properties Could Become Landmarks

Seven historic properties on Staten Island could become landmarks by the end of the year after sitting on a stagnant waiting list for decades.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission announced Tuesday that out of a backlog of 95 properties citywide, 30 have been “prioritized for designation,” meaning they will be seriously considered for approval as landmarks before the end of the year.

Landmarks Preservation Commission spokeswoman Damaris Olivo said those properties are, “likely to be designated.”

Out of the 95 properties on the backlog list, 26 were on Staten Island.

The seven Island properties that were deemed “prioritized for designation,” are:

  • 92 Harrison Street House
  • George W. Curtis House, 234 Bard Avenue
  • St. John’s Protestant Episcopal Rectory, 1331 Bay St.
  • Vanderbilt Mausoleum and Cemetery, Moravian Cemetery, Richmond Road and Altamont Street
  • Brougham Cottage, 4746 Amboy Rd.
  • Prince’s Bay Lighthouse and Keeper’s House, Hylan Boulevard
  • Lakeman House, 2286 Richmond Rd.

The other 19 Staten Island properties that didn’t make the cut fall into two categories: Removed from the calendar, “no action,” and removed from the calendar “based on merit.”

Those in the first category have “site-specific issues” Olivo said, like a legal problem with the property, or the building had alterations that reduced its historic features.

They are “sites that aren’t priorities at this time,” she said.

But they can be put back on the decision calendar at a future date if new information arises.

Those “no action” properties are:

  • Cunard Hall, Wagner College, 631 Howard Ave.
  • Nicholas Muller House (aka St. Peter’s Boys High School), 200 Clinton Ave.
  • Sailors’ Snug Harbor Historic District
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Rectory and Parish House, 347 Davis Ave.
  • St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and Rectory, 1101 Bay St.
  • William T. and Mary Marcellite Garner Mansion, 355 Bard Ave.
  • Woodbrook (The Jonathan Goodhue House now Goodhue Center of the Children’s Aid Society), 304 Prospect Ave.
  • Nicholas Killmeyer Store and Residence, 4321 Arthur Kill Rd.
  • Richmond County Country Club, 135 Flagg Place
  • School District #3 Building, 4108 Victory Blvd.
  • 122 Androvette Street House
  • 3833 Amboy Road House
  • 5466 Arthur Kill Road House
  • 6136 Amboy Road House
  • St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church, 7558 Amboy Rd.

The “based on merit” properties cannot be added back onto the list for consideration. Those properties are:

  • Crocheron House, 47 Travis Ave.
  • Fountain Family Graveyard (First Baptist Church of Staten Island Graveyard), Richmond and Clove Road
  • Dorothy Day Historic Site, 457 Poillon Ave.
  • Sunny Brae House, 27 Colonial Court

“As the city’s expert body on historic preservation, the Commission has spent months analyzing testimony and conducting further research on these items,” Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said in a statement. “Our actions today represent an important step in addressing this backlog. While challenging, I believe it was very much needed – the Commission’s designation process should be open, fair and reasonable, and this is a necessary step to achieve that goal. I am pleased that with significant public input, the Commission has identified 30 items which we will advance toward designation in 2016.”


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The Greenwich Series

Next Event

24th February

6.45pm Doors, 7pm Show

Jimmy’s No 43, 43 E 7th St

Suggested $5 donation on the door

Featuring Michelle Young, editor of Untapped Cities as one of the speakers.

“As the editor of Untapped Cities, Michelle has become something of an expert on New York’s quirkier past. She’ll be delving into her black book of New York’s strangest true stories.”…

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NY Obscura Society Cinema Club: Monday Night Matinee Monday, February 22nd @7PM

In the 1930s, the war between cinema and vaudeville was in full swing. Many of the grand old theaters that had been dedicated to hosting live shows were being retrofitted to accommodate the increasingly popular new medium, replacing performers who were convinced that moving pictures were merely a passing fad. After all, in a pre-television world, an audience could get all manner of entertainment from a vaudeville show, from music and comedy to drama and dance. Hollywood was quite aware of this difference, however, and developed their own diverse programming that attempted to combine the novelty of motion pictures with the variety offered by vaudeville. Shorts, in the form of newsreels, cartoons, serials, trailers and more, preceded almost every film that people went to see in the theater.

Join the Obscura Cinema Club for an evening of entertainment that harkens back to this time of novelty and innovation, with this carefully curated selection of shorts from 1930’s through the 1960’s. Join us on a trip back to when the price of a ticket not only paid for a double feature, but also a filmic variety show of shorts. These films will provide a fascinating, enlightening, and at times hilarious look at the events, popular culture, and social mores of the time.

Videology Bar & Cinema

  • 308 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • 718-782-3468



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Masters of Social Gastronomy: The Flavor Battles! February 25, 2016

Masters of Social Gastronomy takes on the history and science of imitation ingredients! Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman will explore the history of artificial food, from medieval feasts obsessed with disgusting foods like “meat pitchers” to the “Poison Squad,” a team of early 20th-century chemists who tested the safety of food additives. Brooklyn Brainery founder Jonathan Soma will dive into the science behind artificial flavorings, tracking the work of flavor chemists and uncovering the secrets of Juicy Fruit gum. There’ll even be a sample-heavy showdown where you get to definitively decide if there’s any difference between artificial and natural flavorings.

Admission includes one drink
Ages 21+ only

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 fri-sun: the ‘hippie school’ hosts the 37th annual greenwich village antiquarian book fair, where you can find rare and vintage books from as early as the 17th century. p.s.3, $12 (3-day pass), $8 (2-day pass,
sat-sun), $4 (sun only).

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2/23: Accompanying the exhibition of Jacob A. Riis
works at Museum of the City of New York is an event on Tuesday, February
23, 6:30pm, at which a panel of fine photographers will discuss how social
conscience, so central to Riis' work, informs their own. $16

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Exhibit on Affordable Housing 1926 to Today opens At Hunter East Harlem Gallery (from Untapped Cities)

by AFine Lyne

With affordable housing high on the agenda of the de Blasio administration, and on the minds of New Yorkers, Hunter East Harlem Gallery is exploring this highly charged topic from its inception to present day, with the new exhibit “Affordable Housing in New York.” The exhibit is located in East Harlem’s El Barrio, a neighborhood sure to be impacted by the administrations decisions, since it is among the first seven neighborhoods that Mayor de Blasio hopes to rezone. The timeline in the exhibit, which is broken down into six sections beginning in 1926, documents not just the architecture and politics, but also the people who live there and have called these houses home for decades.  The exhibit hopes to not only explore the past 100 years of affordable housing, but also to inspire creative solutions for the future. …

“Affordable Housing in New York” will be on view at Hunter East Harlem, 2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street, through May 15. It is curated by Matthew Gordon Lasner, Hunter College, Matthias Altwicker, New York Institute of Technology, and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, New York Institute of Technology. In addition to the gallery exhibit, there will be a series of related talks based on the companion book Affordable Housing in New York and a series of walking tours, visiting many of the historic affordable houses featured in the gallery.

Just nearby at the Museum of the City of New York is another excellent exhibit on affordable housing, Affordable Housing: A New York Legacy.

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Slideshow from the New York Times

On Aug. 8, 1966, The New York Times ran an article about how many Harlem residents wished more white people would visit to see for themselves their community’s reality. The article, by McCandlish Phillips, detailed in an almost anthropological way the Harlem of 1966 to Times readers.

“A curtain of fear, about as forbidding as a wall of brick, has made the black ghetto almost psychologically impenetrable to the white man — at a time when many in the ghetto sense that it needs the white man to help it save itself from a kind of psychological secession from a white society,” Mr. Phillips wrote.

Hence the publication followed of a photo essay showing ordinary people doing ordinary things in Harlem.…

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