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Since the 1990s, the increased amount of construction work in New York City has allowed previously unseen markers of the city’s colonial past to be unearthed. We’ve brought you highlights from the NYC Archaeological Repository and 5 notable archaeological sites unearthed in Manhattan. But beginning in 2005, the Museum of the City of New York‘s archaeological team started excavating for the South Ferry Terminal Project. Those excavations have yielded thousands of artifacts along with structural remains of the colonial New York’s Battery Wall and Whitehall Slip

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In 2005, the City of New York was renovating the South Ferry subway station, and since it’s known that early occupations of the city were at the southern tip of Manhattan, it was no surprise when archaeologists were called to the scene. Today, in 2016, the excavation has long since been done, but the Museum of the City of New York’s archaeological team, in collaboration with the Landmarks Preservation Commission are now digitizing the 2005 finds from the South Ferry Terminal.

This digitization project will be launched on a online public database upon completion where the images of these finds will be available to view in full, vivid color. Along with the South Ferry finds, City Museum and Landmarks are digitizing other finds as well with the hopes of increasing public access to the New York City Archaeological Repository, where finds from all over city from various excavations are stored.…

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from SiLive.com:

Vanderbilt Mausoleum officially designated city landmark

 Annalise Knudson | aknudson@siadvance.com By Annalise Knudson | aknudson@siadvance.com
on April 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM
 STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island is home to a rich history, most of which can be found by touring the many landmarks and the borough’s historic districts. On Tuesday, the Vanderbilt Mausoleum, was officially designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).The mausoleum was built by the country’s wealthiest family of their time, combining the talents of two of America’s greatest designers — Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted. It sits in New Dorp, adjacent to Moravian Cemetery.William H. Vanderbilt planned the mausoleum, and it was completed in 1886, after his death, by his son George W. Vanderbilt.

William’s father, Cornelius Vanderbilt, amassed America’s largest fortune through his steamboat and railroad lines, a major role in the development of New York City and State. When he died, William became the richest man in American history.

“The impression you get when you walk from the gate, to the path, to the mausoleum is one of a rising imposing structure,” said Commissioner John Gustafsson. “It’s a remarkably peaceful place, and a dramatic statement of both 19th century life and 19th century death.”

The mausoleum was reserved for those with the Vanderbilt name, including sons, their wives and unmarried daughters. It houses the remains of all four of William and Maria’s sons and three of their wives.

Of the city’s LPC’s backlog  of the 95 properties listed citywide, 26 properties were on Staten Island. Six Island properties are under the “prioritized for designation” list, and may become landmarks by the end of the year.

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*Note: The particular house mentioned in the article that follows is not an officially-designated NYC landmark, but two of the neighboring houses are, and it is of similar age, 100+ years old.*

From SiLive.com:

Demolition of historic Stapleton home in progress

by Virginia N. Sherry
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Demolition is in progress at 360 Van Duzer St. in Stapleton, and the owner is not saying what will replace this historic one-family home.

The house sits on a large lot measuring 65 feet wide by 201 feet deep, according to city Department of Finance records.

The Department of Buildings work permit for the demolition was issued on March 2, 2016, noting it is for “full demolition” of the 2-story home, using both hand tools and mechanical equipment.

NWS TEARDOWNThis well-maintained historic home is next door to the home being demolished at 360 Van Duzer Street (left). Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (Staten Island Advance/Virginia N. Sherry)

It is flanked on one side by an official New York City landmark, a modified Greek Revival house dating back to the 1830s, and a beautifully restored historic home sits on the other side.

On Tuesday morning, a worker was on the roof, chipping away at the chimney.

“This is another great loss for the borough’s architectural history,” commented Barnett Shepherd, executive director of the nonprofit Preservation League of Staten Island, on Tuesday.

“The demolition will leave another gap on the historic landscape of Van Duzer Street.”

“Demolition of this once-beautiful Italianate residence will leave another gap on the historic landscape of Van Duzer Street,” he added.

“It’s a gradual destruction of the historic neighborhood,” said homeowner Deborah Davis, a Stapleton resident since 1990. “The more this happens, the less people will want to buy an older home.”

‘NO COMMENT’

Department of Buildings records list Joseph Husic as the owner of 360 Van Duzer St., doing business as Husic Inc., with an address at 175 Zoe St. on Staten Island.

Reached by telephone on Tuesday morning and asked about his plans for the property, Husic told a reporter that he could not comment or disclose anything “right now,” noting that he is not the developer.

Explaining that the purpose of the phone call was to give him an opportunity to comment in this story, Husic replied: “Write whatever you want,” and then hung up.…

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From SiLive.com: 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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From New York CBS Local: Preservationists Pleased With Landmark Consideration For Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn/Flickr

The Stonewall Inn/Flickr

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Preservationists were excited Friday about reports that the historic Stonewall Inn in the West Village will be up for consideration for city historic landmark status.

The tavern at 51-53 Christopher St. is known as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, after patrons squared off and fought against a police raid of the bar in 1969.

A Gay City News report Friday indicated that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will begin considering the Stonewall for landmark status at a meeting on Tuesday of next week.

Commission chair Meenakshi Srinavasan told Gay City News that the Stonewall Inn is “widely considered the birthplace of the LGBT rights movement, and is widely known as the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement and holds a truly iconic place in history.”

The building also still retains its architectural integrity 46 years later, Srinavasan told the publication.

The Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation has been calling for city landmark status for the Stonewall for more than a year, and was enthusiastic Friday about the news.

“This is a long-overdue move to recognize the incredibly important role this site and the riots connected to it have in the struggle for LGBT rights in this country and worldwide,” preservation society director Andrew Berman said in a statement published on the group’s website. “It is critical that the history of sites like Stonewall and the immeasurably important role they played in making our country a more just, open, and accepting place, is recognized and preserved.”

As told by Stonewall Inn’s own website, eight police officers arrived at the bar at 1 a.m. on June 29, 1969 for a planned raid.

But the patrons refused to cooperate, and the crowd later tried to overturn a police wagon. Officers barricaded themselves inside the bar as items were thrown outside, and by the end, 13 people had been arrested, and four police officers and several others had been injured, the Stonewall Inn said.

Protests continued for six nights.

The Stonewall Inn has not been in continuous operation ever since the riots. In fact, the original bar went out of business in late 1969 – just months after the uprising – and the space was used variously as a bagel shop, a shoe store, and a Chinese restaurant in the 1970s and ’80s, according to published reports.

The western half of the building reopened as a bar called Stonewall in the early 1990s, and the entire building was put into use for a new Stonewall Inn in 2007.

The Stonewall Inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

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