OUR NEW LANDMARKS RFE REPORT IS SUBMITTED! CLICK HERE TO READ.

The UPPER RIVERSIDE RESIDENTS ALLIANCE (“Save Riverside”), an advocacy organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and celebrating the architecture, culture, and history of Riverside Drive between 158th and 162nd Streets (“Upper Riverside Drive”) and its adjacent areas, has elected officers for 2021- 22.

 

Lesley Doyel President

Josette Bailey Vice President /Community Liaison

Peter Green Secretary

Matthew Spady Treasurer

“Along with our dynamic Advisory Board, we look forward to continued work with CB12, elected officials, community

organizations and residents of our unique, diverse, and historic neighborhood.” Lesley Doyel President

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.

SaveRiverside.org was formed to prevent the demolition of 

857 Riverside Drive, and obtain landmark status for this historic building.

Lesley Doyel President

Josette Bailey Vice President / Community Liaison

Vivian Ducat Chair: Programs, Special Projects, and Fundraising

Peter Green Secretary

Matthew Spady Treasurer

857 RSD as it appeared in Berenice Abbot's

iconic 1937 photograph

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

form and structure

...that effort continues, especially now in our proposal to

expand the Audubon Park Historic district!

 The Dennis Harris/John Newhouse Abolitionist House at 857 Riverside Drive

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.

Watch the Video 

The full tour:

Ferry to Freedom:

The Abolitionists of

Washington Heights

LINK TO VIDEO

See Map of Proposed 

Audubon Park Historic District  Expansion

CLICK

Morris Jumel Mansion 

Virtual Parlor Chat:

Saving New York's History 

A Historic Preservation Panel

CLICK HERE

READ JOHN FREEMAN GILL'S 

NY TIMES ARTICLE

"Preserving New York's Ties to

the Underground Railroad"

CLICK HERE

​How to help: If you havent done it already, please  SIGN THE NEW PETITION

If you'd prefer to pay by check, please make your check out to: Historic Districts Council

and write Upper Riverside in the memo area.
 

Please mail your check to: 

Historic Districts Council
232 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003

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