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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

“Inwood, Manhattan, is worth preserving,” says Historic Districts Council (HDC)

April 20, 2011: Inwood, Manhattan—along with Bedford-Stuyvesant, The Bowery, Gowanus,
Jackson Heights, and Mount Morris—was selected as one of the “Six to Celebrate” historic New York City neighborhoods by the Historic Districts Council (HDC), New York’s city-wide advocate for historic buildings and neighborhoods. “Six to Celebrate” is the HDC’s new annual advocacy program. The purpose of “Six to Celebrate” is to provide strategic help to the six chosen neighborhood groups. The selected groups will receive the HDC’s hands-on help strategizing and implementing aspects of their effort to define or promote historic neighborhood districts.

Inwood, Manhattan’s application to the HDC was submitted by Volunteers for Isham Park, a community group first formed in 2009, with assistance from Partnerships for Parks, to benefit Isham Park. As part of their mission, members of Volunteers for Isham Park researched the history of Isham Park and its crucial role in the development of Inwood. Newspaper accounts reveal that land for Isham Park was given by Julia Isham Taylor and her aunt, Flora Eliza Isham, for its views of the surrounding area, as it is a natural and central highpoint.

Volunteers for Isham Park asks that everyone who is devoted to or resides in Inwood participate in this effort to highlight and preserve historic aspects of the built environment in our community by attending a meeting on:

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Auditorium of the Inwood Branch of the New York Public Library
4790 Broadway, block north of Dyckman Street
2:00pm to 4:00pm
For more information please contact: volunteersforishampark@gmail.com

The meeting will begin with a slide show of studies of the historic aspects of Inwood. A description of the processes involved in defining a district for Inwood will follow. Finally those in attendance will be asked to sign up to assist: research the history of their residential building; photograph and/or help describe Inwood buildings and architectural details; research and document the exceptional view corridors of the neighborhood; interview long term residents or natives of Inwood; or, if passionate about landscapes and their restoration, sign up to work outdoors and assist in the parks of Inwood as a “Volunteer.”

Inwood, Manhattan is unique among the “Six” as, to date, no historic district or other scenic/historic designation has been proposed for the area, even though it is known to represent the geologic history of the island of Manhattan, with its dramatic glacially formed rock outcroppings, tall tree forest, and salt marsh, as well as the history of its diverse resident population, from pre-historical time to the present.

Residents know that the influence of natural topography and geology on the built environment sets Inwood apart. Please come to the meeting and help us to gain the recognition that Inwood has long deserved.

For more details on “Six to Celebrate” go to: http://www.hdc.org/6tocelebrate2011.htm
Or go to our blog at: http://volunteersishampark.blogspot.com

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