Friday, June 15, 2012

Who Got the $3 Million?

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. 


  1. I'd love to see corporate giants like AMEX, IBM and the like practice "real" preservation by adaptively re-using existing building stock for their offices here and abroad. It would be great to see the NTHP and others lobby for legislation that gives businesses tax incentives for re-purposing structures and heavy taxes and fees for those who want to build new. Especially if it involves razing an extant, viable structure.

  2. I split my vote for my 2 old neighborhoods.Yeah! Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Sad, Jefferson Market Library didn't get money,but lots of people love that building ,so I 'm pretty sure they will get what they need.