We're a bit late on this announcement, but we recently were awarded a Technical Assistance Grant from the Preservation League of New York State. We used the funds for an analysis of the structure by architect Stephen Tilly and engineer Derek Trelstad.

The Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

We were also awarded a separate grant from Orange & Rockland to assist with the purchase of period-accurate mortar for our mortar joints and cut stone window lintels for the north facade of the building.

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Our ongoing thanks to the great, great folks at DCAK-MSA for helping us to keep the snow out! Recently, our big, blue tarp came undone and had exposed the worst part of our roof to the elements. One phone call later, and the guys from DCAK were on the scene, securing it back in place for us. This roof is a tough one to climb, and even tougher in the winter weather conditions, but these guys make it look easy.

Thank you Drazen, Julia, Heri, Carlos and everyone else at your firm that always helps us out.

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New City, NY - May 15, 2016. The Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation Merit Awards were presented at a country supper today at the Jacob Blauvelt Historic Site in New City,  NY.

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Specifically, the JGPC received the "Preservation Leadership Award" for displaying outstanding leadership to the preservation of historic resources in Rockland County, NY for our work in the acquisition of the John Green House and the rehabilitation of the historic house.

Here are some photos from the evening event.

MeritAward-3Rick Tannenbaum, President of the JGPC,
Ed Day, Rockland County Executive,
Ken Sharp, Treasurer of the JGPC.
MeritAward-1Mary Cardenas, JGPC Board Member and Rick Tannenbaum, JGPC President

We are truly honored to receive the recognition and to be part of the historic preservation community in Rockland County and the Hudson Valley. For more photos from the evening, view a Youtube slideshow about the winners, prepared by the Historical Society of Rockland County. Congratulation to all of the other winners.

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MainandGedney-1Across the street from the John Green House, stretching north from Main Street, between Gedney Street and the Hudson River, sits an abandoned gasification plant and fuel storage depot. Safely nestled behind a chain link fence, and overgrown with weeds, are the remains of a partially remediated brownfield.  The plant and fuel depot were the dominant features of the Nyack waterfront for about 75 years and have been abandoned and fallow since the mid-1960s.

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The New York State DEC declared the site a brownfield.

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 Aerial view of the Gedney gas field from 1955. The John Green House sits at the bottom of the circle (at about 6:00 on a clock face), just where Main Street and Gedney meet. All of the storage tanks are long gone. The buildings housing the gas works were long ago demolished. And the tank on the west side of the street (just above Lydecker Street) is also long gone. Left in their wake though was polluted ground, uninhabitable, unsafe, and a blight on the Village of Nyack. Part of the parcel has been owned by a local developer for many years, and that same developer now has an option to purchase the balance of the land from its current owner. The site has been partially remediated, though it still remains unsafe to build on.

Now, finally, beginning in 2015, an effort has been underway by that same developer, in partnership with a local architectural firm to complete the remediation of the brownfield, build a dedicated public park along the waterfront, and site over 100 market-rate condominiums on the site. Zoning changes are underway to facilitate developer's ability to transform the waterfront. The Village of Nyack is revamping its master plan, with a new focus on the waterfront. Plans are underfoot to build a contiguous walkway from Memorial Park to a site terminating at the north end of the Gedney Brownfield. The Tappan Zee Community Benefits Fund has just granted the Village of Nyack $195,000 to build a walkway over the inlet separating Memorial Park from the Village owned lots just south of the John Green House.

5484622Rendering of proposed condominium development on the former Gedney Brownfied.

9263970Part of the plans include a waterfront cafe, river access, and landscaped walkways. For the first time in 50 years, the Village of Nyack may be able to a safely access the waterfront north of Main Street and east of Gedney. For the first time in 50 years, families will be enjoying waterfront living, in the place where gas tanks once resided. The current Village government has the foresight to make it possible for this to happen. And all of this will certainly benefit the John Green House. Sitting alone, across from the Brownfield, the House was all but forgotten, and left for dead. Saved by the John Green Preservation Coalition, Inc. in September of 2015, we are now poised to own waterfront property that is part of a thriving, modern waterfront.

When John Green built the House in 1819, it was the center of economic activity in and about Nyack. Now, perhaps in time for the House's bicentennial in 2019, it will once again be in the center of everything -- a jewel in Nyack's crown, and an anchor on its waterfront.

We need community support to make all of this happen. Our progress is proof of our commitment.  Here are a few ways to help: (1) make a donation at our Generosity/IndieGoGo crowdfunding page; (2) become a member or make a tax-deductible contribution on our web site; (3) make a tax-deductible donation of a vehicle, running or otherwise, to the John Green Preservation Coalition; or, (4) mail a check to: The John Green Preservation Coalition, Inc., P.O. Box 378, Nyack, NY 10960.

Thank you.

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April 28, 2016 - Nyack, NY: This is what progress looks like.

04-28-2016-02Our skilled masons are reconstructing the northeast corner of the building where we managed a controlled collapse last fall. Note the care taken to key the corner stonework into the existing side wall (exposed under the stucco). It won't be long before we are ready to do finish mortar work at the exposed joints on this section. And, we once again want to thank DCAK-MSA (Drazen and Julia) and Helmer-Cronin (Bill) for stepping up and helping us out with this critical part of the re-build. If you are around in Nyack and want to have a closer look, please come visit us at 23 Main Street, at the foot of Main Street, steps from the Hudson River. We are happy to show off the house to visitors.

04-28-2016-01This view, from the front, shows the temporary lintels above the framed windows. We have replacement stone lintels being hand-cut on order to replace the temporary wood frames. We are just passing the second floor window frame and will soon be at the roof sill. The concrete block barrier in front of the building (where the original porch once stood) has been removed to permit access down to the foundation. Replacing the front porch (recreated from historic photos) is on our agenda for a later phase of the rehabilitation.

We need community support to keep going. Our progress is proof of our commitment.  Here are a few ways to help: (1) make a donation at our Generosity/IndieGoGo crowdfunding page; (2) become a member or make a tax-deductible contribution on our web site; (3) make a tax-deductible donation of a vehicle, running or otherwise, to the John Green Preservation Coalition; or, (4) mail a check to: The John Green Preservation Coalition, Inc., P.O. Box 378, Nyack, NY 10960.

Thank you.

 

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This House Matters, a film by documentarian and John Green Preservation Coalition (JGPC) board member, Tina Traster has been declared an "Official Selection" of the 2016 Hoboken International Film Festival. It is showing at the Paramount Theater in Middletown, NY on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 12:00noon to open the Festival's Saturday showing. Tickets are $11.00.

The documentary features the people and organizations behind historic preservation efforts in Rockland County, NY and focuses specifically on the acquisition of the John Green House by the JGPC. Also featured are the Seth House in Pearl River, the Cropsey barn in New City, the Vanderbilt/Budke House in West Nyack, NY and the Lent House in Orangeburg, NY.

At its debut in the Nyack Library, it played to a maximum capacity audience of 101 persons. Its next local showing is at the New City Library on June 22, 2016 at 7:00pm

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PleasePickProjectWe are proud and please with our alliance with the Suzanne Barish's "Please Pick Project." The John Green House (23 Main Street) will be one of the hosts for the project. We'll be assembling planter beds soon. Stand by for planting dates and our upcoming open house.

To learn more about the "Please Pick Project" and Suzanne Barish, please see "Edible Nyack: Resident Plans Public Gardens" in the Journal News or view her TedX talk  (Youtube Link).

If you want to assist with building raised beds, planting seedlings, or caring for the plants, please contact us. Volunteer dates, to be announced.

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watercolor presentationToday, the John Green Preservation Coalition hosted the Historic Society of the Nyacks and other guests for the presentation of Beverley Bozarth Colgan's watercolor portrait of the John Green House. House tours were given to about 30 people on site and funds were raised for the rehabilitation of the John Green House. Thank you to everybody who attended and to those who contributed to the cause. It is the support of the community and the charitable organizations and interested individuals who make our continued efforts possible.

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Northeast corner of the front facadeWith the return of the warm weather, we are able to resume working on the northeast corner of the front facade at the John Green House. Our thanks again to Drazen Cackovic and Julia Khomut from DCAK-MSA Architecture and Engineering, to Bill Truss, and to Bill Helmer from Helmer-Cronin Construction for all of the hard work, expertise, materials and labor that they have contributed for the stabilization of the house.

When we took title last fall, we were compelled to undertake a controlled and managed take-down of the northeast corner, as all parties involved agreed that that portion of the house would likely collapse during the hard winter. It is that portion that we are rebuilding right now.

It is imperative that we keep the momentum moving, and we are currently planning on undertaking repairs of the center section of the front facade (that section to the east of the front door). We have obtained bids for the work involved and continue to solicit qualified expert opinions on the best way to proceed. Our best and most complete bid so far is about $14,000 for that center section, including engineering, materials and labor.

The John Green House will become a cultural asset to the Village of Nyack and the surrounding communities, in a manner similar to the Edward Hopper House and the Nyack Center. We need community support to make it happen.  Here are a few ways to help: (1) make a donation at our Generosity/IndieGoGo crowdfunding page; (2) become a member or make a tax-deductible contribution on our web site; (3) make a tax-deductible donation of a vehicle, running or otherwise, to the John Green Preservation Coalition; or, (4) mail a check to: The John Green Preservation Coalition, Inc., P.O. Box 378, Nyack, NY 10960.

Thank you for your help and support.

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