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New! Read Underground Railroad Expert Fergus Bordewich's Letter of Support for Saving 857 RSD!
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"TELL MY STORY"
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.
857 Riverside Drive
Don't let 857 Riverside be demolished
857 RIVERSIDE DRIVE
857 RSD as it appeared in
Berenice Abbot's iconic
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.
LED BY SAVE RIVERSIDE'S OWN MATTHEW SPADY and
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