Brooklyn and the Bronx Win the Battle of the Boroughs

Four Historic Sites Win the first Partners in Preservation Grants

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation today announced the popular vote winners in their Partners in Preservation Program.

 The winners are:

  • Brooklyn Public Library, located in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, received 9% of the popular vote and has been awarded $250,000 to restore the main entrance doors.
  • Congregation Beth Elohim, located in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, received 8% of the popular vote and has been awarded $250,000 to restore the building’s stained glass windows.
  • New York Botanical Gardens, located in the Bronx, received 7% of the popular vote and has been awarded $250,000 to restore the rock garden.
  • Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, located in the Bronx, received 7% of the popular vote and has been awarded $155,000 to restore areas within the museum’s gardens.

The City’s first-ever citywide preservation effort powered by social media allowed the public to vote online daily for more than three weeks for the historic places most important to them. Forty historic New York sites from across all five boroughs participated in the program and competed for a part of the $3 million in funding. 

“These four sites did a stellar job getting out the vote and their communities to support these important preservation projects,” said Timothy J. McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation. “Their dedication and persistence paid off and should prove to have a lasting effect on their communities.  Congratulations to Brooklyn Public Library, Congregation Beth Elohim, New York Botanical Garden and Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.” 

“New York has shown a true sense of community through its involvement with Partners in Preservation. My congratulations to the popular vote winners,” said Stephanie Meeks, president, the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “It has been exciting to watch this program bring people together to show their pride in the places that matter to them.  Partners in Preservation highlights how everyday citizens’ preservation efforts are critical to saving places that are important to us all.”

A Partners in Preservation advisory committee of community and preservation leaders, will select sites that will receive the rest of the $ 2.1 million in grants which will be announced in June.

The 40 historic places in New York City that competed in Partners in Preservation are:

  • Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island
  • Apollo Theater, Manhattan
  • Astoria Pool, Queens
  • Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Bronx
  • Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Brooklyn
  • Brown Memorial Baptist Church, Brooklyn
  • Caribbean Cultural Center, Manhattan
  • City Island Nautical Museum, Bronx
  • Cleopatra’s Needle, Manhattan
  • Coney Island B&B Carousell, Brooklyn
  • Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn
  • Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Manhattan
  • Ellis Island Hospital Complex, Manhattan
  • Erasmus Hall Campus, Brooklyn
  • Federal Hall National Memorial, Manhattan
  • Flushing Town Hall, Queens
  • Gateway National Recreation Area, Brooklyn 
  • Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, Brooklyn
  • Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan
  • Helen Hayes Theatre, Manhattan
  • Henry Street Settlement, Manhattan
  • High Line, Manhattan
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan
  • Japan Society, Inc., Manhattan
  • Jefferson Market Library, Manhattan
  • Louis Armstrong House Museum, Queens
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Manhattan
  • Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, Bronx
  • Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan
  • New York Botanical Garden, Bronx
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society of Rosebank, Staten Island
  • Queens County Farm Museum, Queens
  • Rocket Thrower, Queens
  • Rossville African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Staten Island
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Manhattan
  • St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, Manhattan
  • Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, Staten Island
  • Tug Pegasus & Waterfront Museum Barge, Brooklyn
  • Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn
  • Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx 

About Partners in Preservation
Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. American Express has committed more than $15 million to Partners in Preservation, helping historic sites in six cities to date, which includes preservation projects in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle and Saint Paul/Minneapolis and has engaged more than a million people. 

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.

About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Historic preservation has long been the hallmark of American Express’s involvement in the community, reflecting the company’s recognition of the importance of cultural sites and monuments as symbols of national and local identity, and the role that their preservation can play in attracting visitors and revitalizing neighborhoods. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, foursquare.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/companies/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. www.PreservationNation.org

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Contact:

Martha Cid, M Booth | 212-539-3258; marthac@mbooth.com

Caitlin M. Lowie, American Express | 212-640-2921; caitlin.m.lowie@aexp.com

Germonique R. Ulmer, National Trust for Historic Preservation | 202-588-6475; germonique_ulmer@nthp.org

 

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.
PreservationNation.org