Albany, N.Y. - This September marks the publication of The Landmarks of New York, Fifth Edition (State University of New York Press/Excelsior Editions) as well as the kickoff of the touring photography exhibit commemorating its arrival, created and organized by the book’s author, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.
In the book Diamonstein-Spielvogel has meticulously compiled the definitive resource on the architectural history of New York City. Thoroughly revised and updated, the book documents 1,276 individual landmarks and 102 historic districts with care and precision. In addition to completely updated maps and descriptions of each landmark and historic district included in the previous editions, the fifth edition adds 183 new individual landmarks and photos and 39 new historic district maps and descriptions of the historic districts.
The “Landmarks of New York” exhibit will showcase 90 photographs of some of New York’s most iconic as well as less well-known structures. It will be touring museums, historical societies, and galleries throughout New York State (see attached schedule) from September 2011 through June 2013, with ancillary exhibits and celebrations in each venue showcasing local historic preservation efforts.
So celebrate such recognizable structures as Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall, and become familiar with the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House in Brooklyn, the oldest structure in New York City; the Bowne House in Queens, the birthplace of American religious freedom; the Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem; the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx; and Sailors Snug Harbor on Staten Island.
About Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, writer, interviewer, and activist, is widely known for her involvement in the fields of architecture and the arts. Actively engaged in the cultural life of New York City, she is the chairperson of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center and vice-chair of the New York State Council on the Arts, a commissioner of the American Battle Monuments commission, and director of the Trust for the National Mall.
A former White House assistant, she served as the first director of the Office of Cultural Affairs of New York City, and was the longest-serving commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, having served from 1972 to 1987, under four mayors. The first woman vice-chair of the United States Commission of Fine Arts, she was also appointed to the Public Design Commission of the City of New York and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Council in Washington, D.C. The recipient of many honors and awards, she is on a wide range of cultural, education, and social services boards in the United States and abroad.
As chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Ms. Diamonstein-Spielvogel led in the creation of the Cultural Medallion program to create a sense of pride in history and of place among New Yorkers and visitors, to document significant individuals, and notable occurrences related to the City’s cultural, economic, political, and social history. Cultural Medallions are placed on buildings associated with distinguished New Yorkers involved in the arts, sciences, the law, business, education, sports and politics.
On Oct. 5, Ms. Diamonstein-Spielvogel will install a Cultural Medallion to honor Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer Edith Wharton (1862-1937) at 14 West 23rd Street in New York City. To learn more about the Cultural Medallion program, visit http://www.hlpcculturalmedallions.org/.
Ms. Diamonstein-Spielvogel will receive the coveted Landmarks Lion Award of the Historic Districts Council of New York City (representing all 107 Historic Districts in the City) on Oct. 26 at the landmark Four Seasons Restaurant. Robert A.M. Stern, last year’s winner, will present remarks, and Ms. Diamonstein-Spielvogel will accept the award from Gov. Mario Cuomo. The spirited evening will conclude with a sing-a-long with songs all about New York City led by architect Hugh Hardy.
For media inquiries and to schedule time with the author, please contact Fran Keneston:
Ms. Diamonstein-Spielvogel will be in Albany at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza on Sunday, September 18 at 3-5 pm.
The Landmarks of New York, Fifth Edition:
An Illustrated Record of the City’s Historic Buildings
Trim size: 9 x 10 ½
Illustrated: 1,276 b/w photographs, 103 maps
$75.00 jacketed hardcover
Pub. Date: September 2011
Museum Exhibition Locations and Dates
Albany, New York
Sept. 19 - Sept. 28, 2011
Buffalo & Erie County Historical Association (Buffalo History Museum) at the Convention Center
Buffalo, New York
Oct. 14 - Oct. 31, 2011
Onondaga Historical Association
Syracuse, New York
Nov. 15, 2011 - Jan. 31, 2012
Cornell University College of Architecture, Art & Planning, Hartell Gallery
Ithaca, New York
Feb. 13 - Feb. 24, 2012
Binghamton University, University Art Museum
Binghamton, New York
March 10 - March 31, 2012
Dutchess Community College, Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery
Poughkeepsie, New York
April 9 - May 11, 2012
Parrish Art Museum
Southampton, New York
June 25 - Sept. 5, 2012
Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages
Stony Brook, New York
Sept. 14 - Oct. 14, 2012
Roslyn Landmark Society, Bryant Library
Roslyn, New York
Oct. 20 - Nov. 20, 2012
New-York Historical Society
New York, New York
Dec. 1, 2012 - Feb. 17, 2013
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, New York
March 6 - June 30, 2013