Marking Spaces: New York Cityâ€™s Landmark Historic Districts on the Panorama of the City of New York
April 14 - June 02, 2013
The designated historic districts ofÂ New York Cityrepresent some of the oldest and most distinctive areas in the city. Designated by theNew York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, these neighborhoods have been singled out for their unique â€œsense of placeâ€. Each one is rich with history and architectural character, and together they help tell the story of New York City and its development into the world capital it is today.
Brooklyn Heights was the first historic district designated in November 1965, followed the next year by districts in Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park and the Upper East Side. Today, there are 109 historic districts with 18 historic district extensions numbering more than 30,000 buildings across all five boroughs.
Historic districts were created as part of the New York City Landmarks Law, one of the oldest and strongest laws of its type in the country. On April 15, 2015, the Landmarks Law will turn 50. Marking Spaces will kick-off the anniversary celebration of this historic legislation with the temporary placement of yellow flags on the Panorama of the City of New York indicating 109 historic districts throughout the City.
This exhibition, conceived by theÂ NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Committee, is made possible through the cooperation of theÂ Historic Districts Council,Â New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Committee, Queens Museum of Art and a generous grant from Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall