On May 1, Gossips reported about a novel approach to making grant awards. There was $3 million in grants from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and 40 preservation projects in New York City seeking funding. The four favorites in an online popular vote would split the first $1 million, and for the first 21 days of May, Gossips encouraged readers to vote their choice every day. On May 22, when the votes had been tallied, the winners of the popular vote were revealed: the Brooklyn Public Library; Congregation Beth Elohim, in Park Slope; the New York Botanical Gardens; and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, in the Bronx. These four projects will share $1 million.
Yesterday, on June 14, the projects that will get funding from the other $2 million were announced. That list of 16 projects includes Tug Pegasus & Waterfront Museum Barge, which visited Hudson during the Quadricentennial.