Hello neighbors, I have just received the excellent news that FIPNA won the $2500 matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Places. We are planning to use this money to hire a historic consultant who will do a complete historic survey of our community– a narrative of the area’s history and an inventory of […]

Tuesday Assemblyman Dinowitz sends HDC a Letter of Support for Historic District 05/17/11

Thank you Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (81st AD) for the letter supporting FIPNA’s efforts to designate our area as an Historic District.  Download the letter and read it. 2011-05-17 JDinowitz Letter to HDC Re Historic District    

A plan to add Howard E. Padernacht Way to Giles Place street sign

Howard (Howie) Padernacht was a friend and neighbor on Giles Place, and the Sholem Aleichem.  Many would call him the Mayor of Giles Place.  He practically patrolled the community even to the point of walking up and down the street wheeling a garbage can to pick up litter. Before I met Howie, though, I met […]

CB 8 supports Fort Independence Historic District

At the meeting of the Community Board in June, the full board voted to support our request for evaluation to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Thank you to all the community people who helped make this possible.

Sign the ONLINE Petition in favor of the Fort Independence Historic District


Should Fort Independence Park neighborhood be a Historic District?

Should Fort Independence Park neighborhood be a Historic District?

FIPNA submitted a request to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to determine if our neighborhood is eligible as an Historic District. A Historic District is an area designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it has a special character or a special historical or aesthetic interest which causes it to have a distinct “sense of place.” […]

Van Cortlandt Village/Kingsbridge Heights On Forgotten Neighborhoods

Van Cortlandt Village/Kingsbridge Heights On Forgotten Neighborhoods

From their site: I became so enamoured of the Van Cortlandt Village/Kingsbridge Heights area while doing ForgottenTour 37 around the (temporarily dry) Jerome Park Reservoir that I resolved to return and explore these two obscure Bronx enclaves a little more in-depth, and that’s exactly what I did on September 20, 2009. There’s no clear boundary […]

Native Trails in the Bronx and Manhattan, map

History of the Town of King’s Bridge

Fascinating …… http://www.archive.org/stream/historyoftownofk00edsa#page/n0/mode/2up map in two pages History of the town of King..

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Presentation

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Presentation

“It is clear that Olmsted’s intent in providing neighborhoods like Kingsbridge Heights with narrow, curvilinear streets was to assure that they would maintain their residential character, discourage inappropriate development, and preserve their existing natural beauty.” (See VI below) This is a power point:  Fort Independence Historic District This is a pdf of the power point:  […]

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