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Queens sites lose out on Partners in Preservation funds


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Photo Courtesy of the Queens County Farm Museum

Queens landmarks and top sites missed out on a piece of the pie.

The committee for the Partners in Preservation, a city-wide contest aimed at disseminating $3 million of financial support to protect significant sites, will award two sites in Brooklyn and two in the Bronx based on voters support out of 40 sites in the city.

The five Queens sites are the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Queens County Farm Museum, Flushing Town Hall building, Astoria Park’s Pool and the Rocket Thrower sculpture in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

No Queens site was ranked in the top ten.

“Frankly, being one of the 40 was enough of a benefit, just because it gave us more publicity,” said Amy Boncardo, executive director of the Queens County Farm Museum. “We felt good about our campaign unfortunately it didn’t result in a great number of votes.”

All hope is not lost for the Queens sites just yet.

After giving funds to the winners the contest committee intends to take a look at the remaining sites and announce grants from the remaining $2.1 million next month depending on voting results and project needs.

“If we happen to be one of the chosen from the advisory committee it’s great,” Boncardo said, adding “But if not we still benefitted.”

 

Help make history: Vote for Queens sites to get grant money


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Five lucky historic Queens venues are in the running to win part of a $3 million grant to support their services and assist in their revitalization.

Through a partnership with American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation brought the Partners in Preservation initiative to New York City, which is a plan aimed at providing financial support to protect landmarks and significant sites across the nation.

The Queens sites that made the cut are the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Queens County Farm Museum, Flushing Town Hall’s building, Astoria Park’s Pool and the Rocket Thrower sculpture in Flushing Meadows- Corona Park.

“We think it’s a terrific opportunity for us and we’re having fun with it,” said Betsy Enright, director of external affairs for the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which manages events in Flushing Town Hall. “It’s all really for the people of our community, because we’re trying to make our building beautiful.”

Partners in Preservation has traveled around cities throughout the nation each year since 2006 and has donated $6.5 million to preserve American treasures.
With its first stop in the concrete jungle, the program selected 40 buildings or structures around the five boroughs.
Each of the sites submitted a proposal, including an estimated amount of money they require for their projects, and now depend on votes from residents to determine which sites will be funded.

Residents can vote online once per day until May 21, at partnersinpreservation.com. The four winners that receive the most votes will be awarded their grant requests and a special committee will decide how to divide the remaining money among the other sites, based on need and votes.
Flushing Town Hall asked for $260,000 to restore the large Romanesque windows surrounding the building, while the Louis Armstrong House Museum requested $250,000 to preserve the garden.

For some sites like the Queens County Farm Museum, which requires $255,000 to restore the farmhouse, the contest could give the organization more than just money.
“It would mean a great deal,” said Sarah Meyer, director of sales and marketing at the farm.

According to Meyer the farm was established in 1975 and isn’t as well-known or historic as other sites in the contest and doesn’t have as many financial supporters.
“It’s a grant that’s getting a lot of publicity,” Meyer said, adding, “hopefully, a lot more people will become more aware of the Queens County Farm Museum and visit here and support us.”

 

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