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Articles about "Historic Districts"

  • The Story of Manhattan: The Elegran Facebook Project By Aby Thomas | May 21, 2013

    Did you know that Manhattan got its name from the word “mannahatta,” which means “the island of many hills” in the Native American Lenape language? Or that the Empire State Building was, for a time, in a competition of sorts with the Chrysler Building to secure the title of the tallest building in New York? Or that Marilyn Monroe’s famous billowing white skirt scene in the 1955 hit movie The Seven Year Itch was filmed on the subway grates at 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue? Well, now you know! And if you now feel like learning more such tidbits about Manhattan, you now have a place to go to—the Elegran Facebook page! Yes, in what is most definitely a first for real estate firms in New York, we have captured some of Manhattan’s most memorable moments on our Facebook timeline. Put away your history texts—now you can check out the story of Manhattan by clicking through our feed on Facebook!

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  • Yorkville Bank Building Acknowledged as Potential Neighborhood Landmark By Gabrielle Hughes | March 28, 2012

    Although the intersection of 85th Street and Third Avenue is currently home to a Gap and an Equinox, 1511Third Avenue is now being recognized as a historic site by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The former banking center of Yorkville was recently nominated by a past LPC executive director, as many of the Manhattan neighborhood's frequenters have been questioning why the building has not already been landmarked.

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  • Growth and Historicity: The Problem with Manhattan Zoning Laws By Daniel Muhlenberg | March 06, 2012

    As a place that is idealized as offering limitless possibilities, Manhattan's apartments and neighborhoods really do live up to that reputation. Renters and buyers of Manhattan apartments have the full spectrum of neighborhoods and lifestyles to choose from, and most Manhattan residents relish the opportunity to trade in one city for another just by moving a few blocks away. So it’s no wonder that Manhattan’s unparalleled popularity has led city planners to predict that the current population of 1.6 million will grow by 220,000 to 290,000 residents by 2030. Under these circumstances, the tension between embracing the future and preserving the past is growing rapidly. While our recent Q & A with a national planning expert covered much of this ground already, this particular conflict still deserves a closer look.

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  • Historic Districts Being Created at an Unprecendented Rate By Daniel Muhlenberg | December 01, 2011

    Historic Districts in New York City are popping up like wildflowers. Or weeds. Depends who you ask. One thing is certain: over the past 8 years 27 new historic districts have been created by the Landmarks Preservation Commission - a New York City government agency whose sole task is to create historic districts - and its chairman Robert Tierney. According to its website, the LPC’s mission is to, “safeguard the city’s historic, aesthetic, and cultural heritage.” The LPC has certainly followed through: since its inception in the mid-1960s, it has landmarked over 29,000 buildings and sites across the city. Whether or not that’s a good thing is still up for debate.

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  • The Empire State Building Adds a New Color: Green By Adam Rothstein | September 16, 2011

    Manhattanites have long enjoyed the splendor of the Empire State Building, especially at night when it is lit up in a fashion befitting the city that never sleeps. By officially going “green”, this historic NYC landmark has now added a new color to its repertoire. With a series of renovations, totaling roughly $106 million, the Empire State Building, as reported in Crain’s New York, has officially been awarded with a highly coveted LEED Gold rating. Though unto itself this is an interesting development, the implications are perhaps even more important. With such an historic building, one that is over 80 years old, it could be the beginning of a new trend in which other older buildings follow suit.

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  • New Landmark in Midtown East By Adam Rothstein | August 22, 2011

    Located in Manhattan’s exciting Midtown East, the East 54th Street Bath House and Gymnasium has just been officially declared a landmark by the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission. Opened in 1911 as one of thirteen bath houses built to improve overall health and cleanliness in NYC, its newly anointed landmark status ensures that this architectural gem will be enjoyed by many generations of Manhattan residents and tourists alike, and adds an extra sense of history to Midtown East.

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  • The Beautification of Washington Heights By Adam Rothstein | August 15, 2011

    After years of complaining, residents of Manhattan’s Washington Heights have finally convinced lawmakers to step up their game concerning the removal of litter and graffiti from the streets of this historic NYC neighborhood. As explained in a DNAinfo article, several different groups and politicians have made the clean-up of Upper Manhattan a priority. City Councilman Robert Jackson, for example, has officially allocated $25,000 dollars toward the effort, with the goal to “keep all storefronts, roll-down gates, sidewalls and street furniture graffiti-free.” Jackson’s office has teamed up with several other organizations, including Community Boards 9 and 12, Washington Heights-Inwood Coalition, Hamilton Heights Business Assocation, the Bodega Association of the United States, and the Community League of the Heights to name a few.

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  • New Construction in Manhattan's Smallest Historic District By Phil Ryan | August 15, 2011

    One of Manhattan’s smallest historic districts, Gansevoort Market in the Chelsea Neighborhood, is perhaps its trendiest. Lined with high-end designer shops, restaurants, and now the renowned High Line, the Meatpacking District, which roughly mirrors the Gansevoort Market Historic District, is hotter than the High Line’s steel rails during a heat wave.

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