50th Anniversary Lecture Series of Historic District Council

Presented in Partnership with the the Historic District Council

In the Thick of It: The Historic District Council best war stories, how certain districts/landmarks came to be

Thursday, May 28, 2020

This panel will be presented via Zoom – registration is required 

Designation is only the beginning is a common saying amongst preservation advocates; but claiming designation is step one is somewhat of a fallacy. In reality, we know the process of designation has many, many steps. Advocates work for years to have their neighborhood or building Landmarked. In this panel, three leaders of community groups will discuss their experiences obtaining Landmark Designations for their neighborhoods and describe how HDC helped. Jeffrey Kroessler will talk about Sunnyside Gardens, Queens; Lynn Massimo will talk about Sunset Park, Brooklyn; and Ethel Tyus will talk about Crown Heights North, Brooklyn.

Scheduled speakers:

Jeffrey A. Kroessler has a Master of Library Science from Queens College and a Doctorate in American History from the City University of New York Graduate School. Mr. Kroessler is an Associate Professor at John J. College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Head of circulation. Mr. Kroessler is a preservationist, an advocate and an author. In addition to HDC, he serves on the Boards of the Citizens Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation; Greater Astoria Historical Society; Queensborough Preservation League; Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance; and the City Club. Dr. Kroessler has been on the HDC Board since 1986.

Lynn Massimo holds a degree in fine art photography from New York University and spent part of her early career as an architectural photographer. Though she has officially left the commercial world of photography, her expertise found a new outlet in 2013, when she co-founded the Sunset Park Landmarks Committee to advocate for the designation of a Historic District in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. As part of this effort, Lynn spearheaded a block-by-block outreach and survey campaign, including the documentation of Sunset Park’s many elegant rowhouses, religious structures, institutional buildings and green spaces. Her photographs proved instrumental in bringing awareness to the cause and bringing the campaign to the attention of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Ethel Tyus who was raised in Crown Heights North, is a life-long Brooklynite. She is a graduate of the City College of New York with a B.S. in Biology, she holds a Masters in Human Resources Management and Development from the New School for Social Research and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She has been a member of the NYS bar since 1999. As one of Crown Heights North Association’s (CHNA) founding members, she is Board Member, Counsel and Treasurer of CHNA, as well as Chair of the Land Use Committee of Brooklyn Community Board 8, and President of the Sterling Place Civic Association.

Co-sponsored by: The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York