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Tag Archives: Landmarks Preservation Commission

Lost Cures: Jacques & Marsh, Druggists

In 1979 and 1980, a team of archaeologists led by Diana Wall and Nan Rothschild, excavated the Stadt Huys Block. This site was located between Pearl, Stone, and Broad Streets and … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Broken Tulips at the Pier: The Archaeology of Whitehall Slip

The Archaeology Project Team at the Museum of the City of New York recently finished digitizing the artifacts from Whitehall Slip in partnership with the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  These objects are housed … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Smoking, Drinking, and Governing: Archaeology of the Lovelace Tavern

In early 1980, a team of archaeologists led by Nan Rothschild and Diana Wall uncovered several meters of burned floor-boards just a few feet below-surface on Pearl Street between Broad Street and Coenties … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · 3 Comments

Gems Beneath South Ferry: Artifacts from the Terminal Collection

In 2005, a team of New York City archaeologists turned up new evidence of Manhattan’s dynamic past during excavations for the South Ferry Terminal Project. As the city renovated its South … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 4 Comments

Traditions and Tastes: Seven Dutch Bible Tile Fragments Recovered from the South Ferry Terminal Site

By guest blogger Leslie Gerhauser We are pleased to welcome Leslie Gerhauser as guest blogger to discuss fascinating Dutch Bible tiles that were uncovered by archaeologists in lower Manhattan. The Museum of … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 5 Comments

Speedway Concourse and Transverse Road, AKA the Grand Concourse

In 1874 the disparate villages of Westchester County (Morrisania, Kingsbridge, et al.) were annexed to New York City and formed what we now know as the Bronx. At the time, … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reblog via Untapped Cities ~ Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks, Interview with the Curators

On April 21, 2015, the Museum of the City of New York will open Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks, exploring how the pioneering landmarks legislation, passed in 1965, … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Spring Exhibition Preview: Saving Place

An exhibition like Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks is not only the kind of thought-provoking show the Museum of the City of New York is adept … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Where’s the bathroom? Uncovering the Almshouse Privy at Tweed Courthouse

Studying historical records can give us only so much information about a specific place. Archaeology offers a unique perspective on the details of everyday life that written records do not fully capture, such as: … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Saving the Interior of the Plaza Hotel

Landmark designations are not only for buildings. Any piece of property that the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) deems to have important cultural, aesthetic, or historical characteristics may become a landmark. … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Struggle to Save the Austin, Nichols and Co. Warehouse

“This building is a piece of trash, and it should be knocked down.” – Simcha Felder, member of the New York City Council and chair of the council’s Subcommittee on … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Penn Station and the Rise of Historic Preservation

After reading Lauren Robinson’s fantastic blog post about the return of Mad Men, I found myself haunted by the destruction of the original Penn Station. And as I dug deeper, … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 13 Comments

Mott Haven Historic District

The neighborhood of Mott Haven is located in the South Bronx, and is situated on a portion of land historically referred to as Morrisania, named after the powerful Morris family … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · 5 Comments

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