Partners in Preservation Nominates Historic Lower East Side Sites for Funding
Partners in Preservation is a roving community-based program that provides preservation grants for local historic places in need of attention. This joint venture between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, elected New York as the eligible city this year, and will dole $3 million dollars to the nominees voted as most deserving. Forty significant sites throughout the Five Boroughs were chosen this morning at a special event at the Met. Lower East Side places chosen include the Tenement Museum, Henry Street Settlement, the Duo Multicultural Arts Center, and St. Mark’s in the Bowery.
The three candidates stand to gain a substantial sum of money. Competition is steep, though, with the pool of contenders including such monstrous institutions as the Guggenheim, Museum of the City of New York, and the High Line.
The polls are now open, and will remain so until May 21. Readers can cast their votes by heading to the Partners in Preservation main website or Facebook Page. Side with the Lower East Side – vote early and often. Meanwhile, May 5 is deemed “Open House” day for the nominees. We are told that, for the Tenement Museum, this means free tours all day.