• The Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
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• Historic Cemeteries, Staten Island
• Madison Square North, Manhattan
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• Park Avenue, Manhattan
• New York City’s Public Libraries
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The Historic Districts Council (HDC), the proponent of the initiative, annually chooses the six neighborhoods based on the architectural and historic merit of the area, threat to the neighborhood, cooperation from local advocates, and where HDC’s citywide preservation program could be the most meaningful. HDC will work with the chosen communities to ensure the designation of their historic neighborhoods and to help them achieve their preservation goals through strategic planning, outreach programs, public awareness campaigns, and valuable tools, such as documentation, research, zoning, and land marking.
Simeon Bankoff, HDC’s executive director, said that the organization hopes to “focus New Yorkers’ attention on the very real threats that historic communities throughout the city are facing from indiscriminate and inappropriate development.” He keeps the momentum high, saying that the initiative will utilize all possible resources and alliances to help advance awareness of local efforts to save neighborhoods on a citywide level.
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