Mayor Wagner signing the Landmarks Law, 1965; Courtesy of the New York Preservation Archive Project

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Above: Mayor Wagner signing the Landmarks Law, 1965; Courtesy of the New York Preservation Archive Project

Action Group for Better Architecture in New York

Also known as AGBANY

The Action Group for Better Architecture in New York is best known for protesting the demolition of Pennsylvania Station.

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The American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society

Also known as ASHPS, Trustees of Scenic and Historic Places and Objects in the State of New York, and The Society for the Preservation of Scenic and Historic Places and Objects

The American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, formed in March of 1895, was New York’s first organized preservation lobby.

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Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation was established in 1967 as one of the first community development corporations in the United States.

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Brooklyn Heights Association

The Brooklyn Heights Association was founded in 1910 to promote the neighborhood’s welfare and interests, including the preservation of its unique architectural character.

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Citizens Union

Founded in 1897, the Citizens Union is a product of the Progressive Movement with a mission of working against corruption in politics. They were especially active in the preservation of Central Park.

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Committee for a Library in the Courthouse

The Committee for a Library in the Courthouse was focused on saving the Jefferson Market Courthouse from demolition and converting the building into a branch of the New York Public Library.

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Committee for the Preservation of Structures of Historic and Esthetic Importance

This committee, formed in 1961 by Mayor Robert F. Wagner, reported that New York City required a landmarks law and a permanent commission in order to preserve historic sites.

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Committee for the Washington Market Historic District

Also know as the Committee for the Extension of Tribeca's Historic Districts

The Committee for the Washington Market Historic District was founded in 1984 to campaign for designation of a historic district in Tribeca.

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Committee of Neighbors to Get the Clock on Jefferson Market Courthouse Started

Also known as the Village Neighborhood Committee for the Clock on Jefferson Market Courthouse

Formed in 1957, members of this organization advocated for restarting the clock of the Jefferson Market Courthouse as a method of bringing attention to the preservation of the building.

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Community Conservation & Improvement Council

Also known as CCIC and the Unitarian Group

The Community Conservation and Improvement Council stepped up in 1958 to address threats to Brooklyn Heights, and made lasting contributions to preservation efforts in the area.

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