Friday, April 29, 2011

Preservation Heroes: Awards ceremony sings the praises of our "Unsung Heroes"

The world has many an unsung hero.

In 2011, the Upper West Side has eight more.

Please join LANDMARK WEST! on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 West 62nd Street, the extraordinary public space recently transformed by star architects, and our special guests for the evening, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien) as we celebrate the people and projects that—in some way, shape or form—lead the way in preserving our neighborhood’s special character and sense of place.

Click here for information about reserving your tickets.

And the 2011 awardees are…

Exterior Preservation
American Youth Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Avenue, and
Cutsogeorge, Tooman & Allen Architects, a model partnership to restore a West Side architectural gem

Community Steward

Margarita Curet, Amsterdam Houses tenant leader and all-around "Force to Be Reckoned With"

Future Generations
Samantha Deutsch, 5th-grade teacher and partner in preservation education at P.S.145, West 105th St.

Preservation by Design
Milton Glaser, graphic designer of “I [heart] NY,” New York magazine, and LW! logo fame
Preservation Advocate
Roberta Brandes Gratz, former Landmarks Commissioner, award-winning journalist, urban critic, and author

Archival A-Team
Office for Metropolitan History: Christopher Gray & Suzanne Braley, curators and chroniclers of New York’s architectural history

To meet the honorees, visit the event website.

Artwork by Ron Barrett, illustrator of the world famous "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs".

Friday, April 22, 2011

On the Hunt :: Happy Easter from the folks at LW!

It's been a spell since we logged some blog time, and it would seem that sharing our Easter Egg Hunt joy with our friends and neighbors is a great way to break the lull!

Our resident Staff Activity Guru, Cristiana, tucked 20 candy and fun-filled pastel eggs throughout the LW! bunker for Arlene, Kate, Debi, and Andrew to seek out.  And in places near and dear to their hearts ...


Hope Debi notices the surprise before preparing that pot of always-necessary morning brew.



Arlene's list of daily phone calls just got a little sweeter to make.


Stay hydrated, Kate.  And do so festively!


 Andrew loves editing video and sound clips.  Hopefully he loves his treat even more!


Mixing business (some recommended* architecture, history and "why not!" reading, take note!) with pleasure.  Happy Easter, all!

 * Some of the books featured in this photo:

The Mythic City: Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho (1925-1940)
, by Donald Albrecht

A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, by Margi Hofer, Martin Eidelberg and Nina Gray

Talking Lines, by R.O. Blechman

Mansions in the Clouds: The Skyscraper Palazzi of Emery Roth, by Steven Ruttenbaum

Design for Play, by Richard Dattner

and, of course, Zoning Handbook: A Guide to New York City's Zoning Resolution, by the Dept. of City Planning (it's a page turner!)