As of this past Monday, the Audubon Park Historic District is delineated with the official terra cotta colored historic district street signs, thanks to a generous grant from the Landmarks Preservation Foundation and able assistance from Emily Rich, Public Information Officer for the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).
The LPC designated the Audubon Park Historic District in May 2009, with support from City Councilman Robert Jackson, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, the Municipal Art Society, Landmarks Conservancy, Historic Districts Council, and historian Michael Henry Adams, author of Harlem Lost and Found. New York City Council approval – necessary to complete the designation – followed in August 2009.
(Riviera, 790 Riverside Drive
Although two years may seem a long wait for official signage, according to an article in the New York Times this past July, more than a quarter of all designated districts are still without signs, some of them years after their designations.
Two larger signs with maps and a brief description of the Audubon Park Historic District are on order and should be installed before the end of the year – one on the eastern side of the district near the 157th Street subway entrance and the other on the western side, near the Charles and Murray Gordon Memorial Park, AKA the “Riverside Oval.”
(The Grinnell, 800 Riverside Drive in background)