5/27/14

HDC "Grassroots Preservation Awards" at Grace Church

On Wednesday, June 4, at 6:30 PM, at the newly-restored Grace Church at 254 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, the Historic Districts Council (HDC), the citywide advocate for New York's historic neighborhoods, will present its 2014 "Grassroots Preservation Awards."

The Grassroots Awards honor and celebrate the activists and groups working to preserve New York City's historic neighborhoods, who HDC executive director called the "foundation of the preservation movement."

The event is open to the public. Admission is $30 or $20 for Friends of HDC.

Doors open at 6:15 PM. The awards ceremony begins at 6:45 PM, with a reception after.

For more information, visit the Grassroots page or call 212-614-9107.

The 2014 winners include Forest Hills native Michael Perlman, chair of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, founded in 2006; the 50-year-old 730 Riverside Drive Tenants Association; the First Avenue Estate Coalition. a group of advocates who have fought an impassioned battle to save two landmark model tenement buildings on Manhattan's Upper East Side; the Multi-Board Task Force, consisting of Manhattan Community Boards 1, 4, 5 and 6, established in 2012 to investigate and evaluate the Bloomberg Administration's East Midtown Rezoning proposal;  the Lo-Down, a community website and monthly print magazine that has become a go-to source of current events, culture, real estate and entertainment information on Manhattan's Lower East Side; and Manhattan Borough President and former Manhattan City Council Member Gale Brewer, a historic preservation stalwart throughout her career.

HDC has been an advocate for historic buildings and neighborhoods since 1971, and is dedicated to preserving the city's rich architectural heritage. HDC works with communities to landmark and protect significant neighborhoods and buildings, to designate historic districts, and to navigate the Landmark system. HDC does community-building and educational programming, and offers technical resources, strategic assistance and advocacy support to local preservation groups.

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