The Historic DistrictsCouncil — advocate for all of New York City’s historic neighborhoods – has named Daniel J. Allen
as board president.
“Mr. Allen has been a valued member of the HDC board for several years. His knowledge and experience as both a professional and community preservationist make him an ideal candidate and we are very happy to welcome him into this new position.” said Simeon Bankoff, HDC’s Executive Director.
As Board President, Allen is responsible for maintaining and promoting HDC’s mission of preserving the history of New York City’s built environment and advocating for its residents. Allen is the 10th Board President, succeeding Leo J. Blackman, who served as HDC’s Board President from 2014 to 2015. Mr. Blackman also served as President from 2008 through 2011 and continues to serve on HDC’s Board of Directors. Allen has been on the board since 2007.
“I’m thrilled to be taking on this role in this truly vital organization”, said Allen. Prior to becoming Board President, he served as Vice President on the board from 2010-2013 and has been co-chair of HDC’s Public Review Committee since 2009.
The committee is responsible for reviewing all public proposals affecting historic properties in New York City and formulating a position on them; HDC is the only organization in New York City which does this comprehensive review. In 2014, the Historic Districts Council reviewed over 400 proposals and testified before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on over 175 projects.
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