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Guide to the Jack Taylor Papers
1868-2018 (bulk, 1980s-2010s)
 MS 3150

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Barbara Gombach, Larry Weimer, and Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 30, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1 Landmarks Preservation Commission brochures

Scope and Contents

Includes Rowhouse Manual; Preservation Manual; and several brochures on re-siding, windows, and making other changes to landmarks.

1990s-2000s
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 2-17 Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing material (16 folders)
1990-2001
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1-14 Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing material (14 folders)
2002-2008
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1-14 Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing material (14 folders)
2009-2017
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 1-26 Ladies' Mile Historic District (26 folders)

Scope and Contents

Among the many documents in this box are a biographical note on Taylor on The Drive to Protect the Ladies' Mile letterhead; labels from the grocer Balducci; walking tour information, including a photo of Taylor; and organizational records and stationery of the Drive. The bulk of the files in this box date from the mid-1980s, especially 1986.

1978-1994
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1-20 Ladies' Mile Historic District (20 folders)

Scope and Contents

Among the documents in this box are photographs of the installation of Ladies' Mile street signs (October 11, 1989) and some issues of "The Artist's Proof," the newsletter of the New York Actors Equity Association. Specific locations represented in the files, likely among others, are the Siegel-Cooper building, the Della Robbia Bar, and 873 Broadway. The bulk of the files date from 1988-1995.

1985-1999
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 1-31 Ladies' Mile Historic District (31 folders)

Scope and Contents

Among the documents in this box are 7 folders of Landmarks Preservation Commission violation reports (1995-2010); these include violations related to Ladies' Mile, as well as other locations of interest to Taylor and reflected in this collection (e.g. Gramercy and Stuyvesant Square). Also found here is a die cut for the Ladies' Mile logo and files on proposals for an extension of the district and a rezoning. Specific locations represented, among others, are the residence of Bonita and Brian Copp (322 East 18th Street), 19-25 West 20th Street, 31/33 West 19th Street, 28/30 West 20th Street, and 200 Fifth Avenue. The bulk of the files date from 1996-2011, with lesser amounts to 2017.

1990-2017
Folder: OS-Small Folder : 3 Ladies' Mile Historic District. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Elevations and plans by architects Jeffrey Cole and K Square Design

2014
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 1-24 Union Square Park Community Coalition (24 folders)

Scope and Contents

The 1905 documents in this box are two postcards of Union Square. The bulk of the files date from the mid-late 1980s, with a few documents into the 1990s. These files include a folder of documents concerning the founding of the Union Square Park Community Coalition (1980). Specific locations and subjects, likely among others, represented in the files are the Century Building (33 East 17th Street/38-46 East 18th Street), Luchow's restaurant, Jefferson Theatre, Irving Place, a garage on Park Avenue South, sidewalk cafes, a Gandhi statue, and a request for street trees.

1905, 1980-1998
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 1-24 Union Square Park Community Coalition (24 folders)

Scope and Contents

The 1868 document in this box is an issue of Harper's Weekly. The bulk of the box dates from the mid-1980s to the late-1990s, with some documents to 2001. Specific locations and subjects, likely among others, represented here include the amicus brief filed in Civitas's suit over 108 East 96th Street; the National Arts Club; the Century Building (33 East 17th Street/40 East 18th Street); and by-laws and member lists of the Union Square Park Community Coalition.

1868, 1976-2001
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 1-18 Union Square Park Community Coalition (18 folders)

Scope and Contents

Specific locations, likely among others and some of which are in the Gramercy Park area represented in these files are 65 Irving Place, National Arts Club, the Guardian Life annex (105 East 17th Street), and Baumann Brothers store (22-26 East 14th Street).

1997-2009
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 1-15 Union Square Park Community Coalition (15 folders)

Scope and Contents

The box includes two folders of maps of New York City's historic districts dating from the 1960s-1980s. The bulk of the files date from the mid to late 2000s. Specific subjects, likely among others, represented in the files are the Lincoln statue in Union Square and Tammany Hall (see box 19 for the principal files on Tammany Hall preservation).

1960s-2012
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 1-6 Union Square Park Community Coalition (6 folders)
2010-2016
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 1-7 Union Square Park Community Coalition (7 folders)

Scope and Contents

Topics include Baruch College expansion and its impact on the Lexington Hotel and other sites; HELP (Housing for the Less Privileged) 13th and 14th Street proposal, and East Thirteenth Street Community Association opposition; and Union Square special zoning district proposal.

1984-2012
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 14-33 Union Square Park Community Coalition / Tammany Hall (20 folders)

Scope and Contents

Documentation of the drive to secure landmark designation for Tammany Hall at 100 East 17th Street, on Union Square, Manhattan. The building, designed by architects Thompson, Holmes & Converse and Charles B. Meyers and constructed in 1928–29, is the only surviving headquarters of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party machine that dominated New York City politics during the 19th and early-20th centuries. These files consist chiefly of documents from 1985 to 2013 concerning the drawn-out but ultimately successful campaign to landmark Tammany Hall. The Union Square Community Coalition (USCC) next fought to block the building's owners from constructing a glass dome atop the structure. Plans submitted to the LPC in 2014 were denied, but a scaled-back version of the dome was approved in 2015. Later items in these files—through 2017—concern this rooftop dome addition; these include copies of architectural renderings by the firm Higgins Quasebarth & Partners LLC (see oversize folder). Processed by Joseph Ditta, January 2020.

1985-2017
Folder: OS-Small Folder : 1-2 Union Square Park Community Coalition / Tammany Hall. Oversize (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Plans for Tammany from Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, and oversize clippings and reproductions.

2014
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 7-9 Irving Place Community Coalition / East 17th Street Historic District (3 folders)
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 10-15 The 18th Street Neighborhood Alliance (TESNA) (6 folders)

Scope and Contents

Specific locations, likely among others, represented in these folders include the Gramercy Restaurant (184 Third Avenue), Pergy Deli, discos/night clubs (such as the Palladium), Spy Bar (37 East 18th Street, and the Madison Square Post Office (East 23rd and 24th streets).

1983-2010
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 16 The Residents of East 17th Street Association (TRESSA)
1986-1994
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 17-23 The Twelfth & Eighteenth Streets Neighborhood Alliance (7 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes, among other documents, incident reports and research information concerning Girls' Town, Sheltering Arms/Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Covenant House, Catholic Charities, Project Greenhope (Residence for Women), Heartsease Home, and Sisters of the Good Shepherd residencies.

1977-2010
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 1-16 Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association (16 folders)

Scope and Contents

The bulk of these files date from the 1990s to mid-2000s. Specific subjects, among others, include Ivan Mestrovic's sculpture of Antonin Dvorak, the former Stuyvesant High School, renovation of the park fence, food concessions, and organizational records of the Association.

1960-2016
Offsite-Box: 13 Folder : 1-11 Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association (11 folders)

Scope and Contents

Among the specific subjects in these files are the Anton Dvorak statue (including photographs and slides), Scheffel Hall (190 Third Avenue), and Beth Israel.

1983-2012
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 1-15 Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association (15 folders)

Scope and Contents

The entire box includes files on the Dvorak House and sculpture. Most of the files relate to the collaboration of the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association and the Dvorak American Heritage Association to place Ivan Mestrovic's statue of Anton Dvorak in Stuyvesant Square Park. There are also files concerning the effort to preserve the Dvorak House (327 East 17th Street) in the face of Beth Israel Medical Center's plans to convert it to an AIDS care facility.

1990-1997
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 8-10 Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association (3 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes one folder on the Dvorak statue and two of general information about the historic district.

1975-2014
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 1-23 Gramercy Neighborhood Associates (23 folders)

Scope and Contents

The bulk of these files date from the 1980s-1990s. Specific subjects and locations, among others, include Hotel Savoy, Hot Woks restaurant (sidewalk cafe), Brotherhood Synagogue, 49 Irving Place, Schafer House (80 Irving Place), 127 East 19th Street (photos of deterioration), Washington Irving High School, organizational records for the Association, documents from the Concerned Citizens Speak organization (1980s), proposed extension of the historic district (1990s), a report on graffiti (1985) by We Care About New York, Inc., and tree removals. There are several files with correspondence, drafts, and other documents related to Andrew S. Dolkart and his book "Gramercy: Its Architectural Surroundings" and related work.

1970, 1980-2013
Box: 15 Folder : 1-30 Historic Districts Council (30 folders) (Not available)

Scope and Contents

This box was loaned to the HDC by NYPAP and, as of November 2020, has not yet been delivered to N-YHS. Most of the box holds copies of the newsletter District Lines.

1985-2016
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 1-23 Historic Districts Council (23 folders)

Scope and Contents

Although these files do include documents concerning specific locations (e.g., standstill agreement for Tammany Hall), the bulk of the files relate to the HDC more broadly and the issues it considered. These documents include meeting agendas and minutes, publicity brochures and booklets, committee reports, financial information, Board appointments and resignations, clippings about landmarks generally, and the like. One folder includes documents from the event at which Taylor received the Landmarks Lion award from the HDC (see box 20 for the actual plaques awarded).

1985-2017
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 1-8 East Side Rezoning Alliance (ESRA) (8 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes meeting agendas, minutes/notes, correspondence, public statements, clippings, etc. for this coalition of neighborhood associations, mostly for 1980 and 1985-1996.

1980-1996, 2013
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 9-13 Manhattan Community Board 5 (5 folders)

Scope and Contents

Specific locations include 17/19 Irving Place, Flute restaurant, Ruby Foo's restaurant, and Flatiron Institute.

1984-2014
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 14-19 Manhattan Community Board 6 (6 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes response to the Mayor's Committee on Landmarks (Cooper Report), Push cafe, CB6 South preservation and development plan prepared by Michael Kwartler and Associates, Pete's Tavern, Proof sports bar, and sidewalk cafes.

1986-2003
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 20-21 Alternative City Task Force (2 folders)
1976-1987
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 11 Astor Place Subway Kiosk

Scope and Contents

Drawings of lamp post patterns from Robinson Iron.

1990
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 12 Chelsea

Scope and Contents

Holds just two photocopies: 1970 Chelsea Historic District Designation Report and the 1981 extension designation report.

1970, 1981
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 13 Soho-Cast Iron Historic District Designation Report

Scope and Contents

File holds only the report.

1973
Folder: OS-Small Folder : 3 Municipal Art Society. "Zoned Out" booklet. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Oversize booklet regarding reform of New York zoning law, with transmittal letter to Taylor, and statement by Joseph B. Rose.

1999-2000
Folder: OS-Small Folder : 3 Block and lot maps of the Union, Gramercy, and Stuyvesant areas. Oversize

Scope and Contents

Marked-up photocopies.

undated
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 22-34 Various (12 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes slender folders on a variety of topics and organizations: Civitas for the East Side (1986-87); Friends of Terra Cotta (1988-92); McSorley's Ale House (1996); use of flagpoles and yardarms (1999-2000); Stuyvesant Town (2001-07); Harvard Club (2001); St. Mark's Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church (includes photocopies of documents from 1936 and 1960); planting street trees (includes leaf samples) (1983-84); documents from a "preservation summit" (2006); Neighborhood Preservation Center (2010); and some reference materials.

circa 1980s-2010
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 35-39 Jack Taylor Miscellany (5 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes slender folders of content related to Taylor. Most notable are the Lifetime Achievement certificate given Taylor by the Victorian Society (2014) and a photo of Taylor at ruins in Greece (1966).

1966-2017
Offsite-Box: 20 Object : 1 Humanitarian Award for Community Service from Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club (trophy)
2014
Offsite-Box: 20 Object : 2-3 Historic District Council's Lion Award (2 plaques)
1992
Folder: OS-Small Folder : 3 Certificate of appreciation from Gramercy Neighborhood Associates Aesthetics Committee

Scope and Contents

Currently in conservation for unframing

1991
Offsite-Box: 20 Object : 4 New York Parks & Recreation Department certificate

Scope and Contents

Acknowledges that the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association adopted a bench in Taylor's honor.

2018
Offsite-Box: 20 Object : 5 Lapel pins

Scope and Contents

Approximately 40 lapel pins. Most relate to local New York City political campaigns, but many relate to historic preservation: "Don't Kill Murray Hill," "Stop the Citibank Tower," "Don't Slay Turtle Bay," "Friends of Tudor City Historic District," "Save the Best of the West," etc.

undated
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 1-2 Photoreproductions

Scope and Contents

Two historical images on boards: "Traffic in Union Square, 1897" and the Brooks Brothers store (since demolished) in 1883.

undated