Landmarks of New York June 2013
(Photo credit - Cutty McGill)

The Jay Heritage Center kicked off NY Heritage Weekend and Path Through History Weekend with the opening of their first major photography exhibit, The Landmarks of New York, on Sunday June 2nd at 3pm. The show filled a newly configured gallery space at the 1907 Carriage House. Guests enjoyed a collection of 90 striking black and white photos documenting a select cross-section of New York City's best loved architectural treasures. Visitors will recognize the exterior silhouettes of iconic structures like the Little Red Lighthouse or Rockefeller Center but be equally intrigued by lesser known landmarks like the star studded interior of the Paradise Loews Theatre; the residence of African American jazz legend and saxophonist Charlie Parker; or the Alice Austen House on Staten Island, home to one of America's earliest female photographers. The buildings highlighted span more than 300 years from 1640 to 1967.

The touring exhibit which was most recently shown at The New-York Historical Society, was curated by the 2012 John Jay Medal honoree, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. She is an author, television interviewer and producer, preservationist, and civic activist. In 1966, Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel became the first Director of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She also served as a Commissioner of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1972 to 1987 and was Chair of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Foundation from 1987 to 1995. She is currently the Chair of NYC Landmarks 50, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the organization and the NYC Landmarks Law.

Since 1995, Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel has been the Chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center (HLPC), creating a Cultural Medallion program documenting notable occurrences, distinguished individuals and other important aspects of NYC’s cultural, economic, political and social history. Among other programs, the HLPC initiated, created, designed and financed all of the terra cotta street signs in each of NYC’s Historic Districts.
Many of the buildings featured in the exhibit bear one of those medallions.

Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel was appointed by President Reagan to the Board of the United States Holocaust Museum in 1987 where she served as Chair of the subcommittee that commissioned all of the original art created for the museum. She was appointed to the United States Commission of Fine Arts in 1992 by President Clinton and in 1999 Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel became the first woman elected Vice Chair of the Commission. In 2008, President Obama appointed her to the American Battle Monuments Commission.

The Landmarks of New York will be on display at the Jay Heritage Center from June 2 through September 1, 2013. Admission is free and hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am -12 noon; 2:00pm - 5pm and Sundays 2 - 5pm. A companion catalog is available for sale with proceeds benefiting the Jay Heritage Center.

The exhibit was made possible with the support of the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The Preservation League of New York State and the NY Historical Society with funding provided by JP Morgan Chase.

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