Landmark West! - MLK Day of Service - West-Park Work Day Volunteers
LW! e-Newsletter
January 14th, 2011


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'".

No one knows better than Upper West Siders the importance of
volunteerism in our communities.  Our neighborhood thrives because of the selfless giving of time and energy by our dedicated volunteers all year round --- people like YOU!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 17th)
is a chance to start the year off right by continuing to make an impact in your community
.  Get involved!  Lend a hand!  Show your support for the people, places and institutions that make your neighborhood great!

In January 2010, Landmark West! and our volunteers spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day educating our neighbors on the landmark process, asking for the community's help with West-Park Presbyterian Church, and spreading the news of its Individual Landmark designation (
this past December 4th we also participated in a clean-up day at West-Park!).

This year we're encouraging folks to "give back" to the locally-owned small businesses that contribute to the Upper West Side's special character and sense of place.

Next Monday, Jan. 17th, join LANDMARK WEST! as we put our dollars in service of "the brick and mortars our nation is built on".  Why?  Because purchases by everyone who lives and works in and visits the Upper West Side--keep locally-owned businesses thriving.  And these neighborhood resources directly contribute to the special sense of place that keeps us coming back to the Upper West Side.

Stroll, stop, and shop your neighborhood.  Start with the cafe around the corner from your apartment, the cobbler down the street from the office, or on one of our own "Main Streets", West 72nd Street.

Your dedication to locally-owned businesses on Monday, January 17th, and throughout the rest of the year,
will show your commitment to the Upper West Side community. 
On MLK Day, shop local!
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Walking Tour iPhone App:
From the USA, to Norway, to Malaysia, it's a hit!

  The Majestic, as seen from Central Park. Architect: Irwin S. Chanin. Built: 1930-1931

For the first time ever, an iPhone walking tour app that uses technology to offer a uniquely local perspective on the history, architecture, and future of New York City's Upper West Side!  And... it's FREE!

Monday January 17th is a day of remembrance, so walk with history and learn about the neighborhood's past on the Landmark West! walking tour.

Click here to download the app now!  Get the LANDMARK WEST! app and join the dozens of others who have already begun their exploration of this amazing collection of buildings and sites. 

Certify Your Love of Landmarks!

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Historic Preservation Certificate Program

"Like a sample box of Godiva Chocolates, the Historic Preservation certificate program, available through the venerable Mechanics' Institute, is an exciting opportunity to savor the many facets of Historic Preservation that will propel our culture and lifestyles forward."
~HP Program graduate

The Mechanics' Institute is now accepting new applicants for its Historic Preservation program. The tuition-free certificate program, launched in 2006, is comprised of eight courses that cover a wide range of preservation topics including Restoration Techniques, Architectural Photography, and Case Studies in Landmarks Preservation.  Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, and 7:00pm to 9:00pm for thirteen (13) weeks. The spring semester begins January 24th, 2011.

For more information, visit the Mechanics' Institute online.