Don't Let It Be Demolished!

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As State Senator Robert Jackson says...

March 26th - Read about thIs important press event at 857 RSD with New York City's Public Advocate

Jumaane Williams, Manhattan Borough Pres. Gale Brewer,

Assembly Member Al Taylor, State Senator Robert Jackson and others 

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READ JOHN FREEMAN GILL'S 

NY TIMES PIECE

"Preserving New York's Ties

to the Underground Railroad"

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There is only one remaining building from the time our neighborhood was countryside.

It was built and owned by a known conductor on the underground railroad.

Now, a developer wants to tear it down and replace it with a 13 story tower.

Don't let 857 Riverside be demolished

857 RIVERSIDE DRIVE

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857 RSD as it appeared in

Berenice Abbot's iconic

1937 photograph

Nestled on a diagonal plot along a narrow, curving stretch of Riverside Drive lies a two-story wood-frame house built in 1851, once owned by Dennis Harris, a hero of the Underground Railroad, and Judge John Newhouse, his friend and colleague. Both men were ardent abolitionists, civic-minded entrepreneurs, and pivotal figures in the growth of Washington Heights. Sites related to abolitionists and the Underground Railroad are rare in New York, and this Greek Revival–Italianate house is arguably the only one known to survive north of 96th Street in Manhattan.

 

Harris was a leading activist in the fight for racial justice and an ally of suffragists, befriending such luminaries as Elizabeth Blackwell and Lucy Stone. Together, he and Newhouse enriched the life of the nearby Audubon Park and Carmansville neighborhoods, exerting an impact on the economic, social and spiritual life of the area that was both significant and historic". (the above excerpted from Joseph Amodio's, Request for Evaluation)

 857 Riverside Drive as it appears today, clearly retaining many aspects of its original form and structure

Upon learning that the new owner of 857 RSD applied for a demolition permit to demolish the rare mid 19th century house and replace it with a 13-story apartment tower, the  Upper Riverside Residents Alliance, along with Manhattan Community Board 12, elected officials, a coalition of civic and preservation groups and concerned individuals are committed to saving this historic Structure, preserving its history and protecting its future as a New York City Landmark. The pages of this website tell the full story

Save Riverside to Receive HDC
Grassroots Preservation Award May 19th!

We invite you to join us in this important preservation campaign! To find out how

you can help, go to TAKE ACTION section of our website's menu.

CLICK to watch our own video coverage of the Press Conference "Speaking Out for 857 RSD" held at 857 RSD on YouTube (aprox.7min)

CLICK to read and view Media Coverage of Major Press Conference held at 857 RSD on January 22nd

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and write Upper Riverside in the memo area.
 

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556 West 158th Street
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