American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that New York City will be this year’s location for Partners in Preservation, their community-based initiative to raise awareness of the importance of historic places. The program will infuse $3 million in grants to preserve the city’s historic buildings, icons and landmarks. As New York City’s first-ever citywide grassroots preservation effort, the call-to-action program will enlist the aid of all New Yorkers, and anyone who loves New York, to vote online for the preservation projects most important to them.
“New York City’s historic places across all five boroughs — both the familiar and the obscure — are part of the city’s fabric and make it one of the most exciting places in the world,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “Partners in Preservation aims to raise awareness about historic places in New York and mobilize support for their preservation, a linchpin in the neighborhood development and a key to expanding economic vitality and growth.”
At Untapped Cities, this concept of both “the familiar and the obscure” is core to our mission of reporting on places, people and events unique to a city’s urban spirit. From April 26 to May 21, 2012, we hope you will vote online for the 40 to-be-announced historic New York City places by visiting www.facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation or www.PartnersinPreservation.com. What could $3 million do for your neighborhood and the city as a whole?
Check out some of Untapped’s coverage on great New York locations, both lost and still in existence:
Section 3 of the High Line
The Last Days of Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Touring the Old City Hall Subway Station
An Italian Villa in Upper Manhattan Comes Back to Life
The Abandoned Glenwood-Yonkers Power Plant
The (old) Metropolitan Opera House
The Underground Railroad in NYC
A Possible Future for the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
Remembering and Re-imagining Coney Island