04/29/17: Harlem and the Future – Preserving Culture and Sustaining Historic Character

The 1st Uptown Preservation Conference –
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
City College of New York – Aronow Theatre
Cost: $10 includes lunch and a walking tour. Free for students and seniors.
Tickets can be reserved at bit.ly/HarlemTix

Today, what do you think of when you think of Harlem? Will the future Harlem still resonate its past? Together, we’ll explore this question while reflecting on Harlem’s unique cultural heritage, its built environment, and its social fabric with an eye toward what’s to come. Join us and connect with a larger community that seeks to preserve its cultural and architectural legacies. An engaging day of dialogue includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, a film screening titled “Gentrified” and walking tours.

Opening remarks will be given by Manhattan Borough President Gale A Brewer. The keynote speaker Chris Fair of Resonance Consultancy will deliver his speech “The Power of Place”. Michael Henry Adams, who is a local author and architectural historian, will do closing remarks.


Considering Harlem’s cultural heritage panel, experts will evaluate the cultural brand of Harlem, which has attracted global attention, and reflect on whether it now represents the community as a whole. On the topic of the built environment, panelists will discuss retaining identity and a sense of place, as defined by the physical environment, cultural legacy, and inhabitants, the effectiveness of working with landmarks designation, building community activism and forging private-public partnerships while also adapting to growth and development. And lastly for the community’s social fabric, using the church as a microcosm of a community in transition, leaders from Harlem’s churches will consider how contemporary needs and uses may revitalize and breathe new life into Harlem’s historic church buildings.

The Cultural Heritage panel will be moderated by Terrance McKnight, host on WQXR Radio.

Featured panelists include:

Kenneth J. Knuckles, President & CEO, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone

Karl Franz Williams, CEO & Founder, Good Ice Marketing

Sarah Saltzberg, Co-Founder, Bohemia Realty Group

Eric Pryor, Executive Director, Harlem School of the Arts

The Built Environment panel will be moderated by architect Carlton Brown., Architect & Principal, Direct Investment Development, LLC

Featured panelists include:

Chris Cirillo, Lott Community Development

Daniel Marks Cohen, Housing Partnership Development Corporation

Joseph Coppola, AIA Principal, Dattner Architects

Malcolm A. Punter, President & CEO, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement

The Social Fabric panel, focusing on Churches at Risk will be moderated by John T. Reddick, Architectural & Cultural Historian.

Featured panelists include:

Rev. Michael A. Walrond, Jr., Senior Pastor, First Corinthian Baptist Church

Rev. Reginald Bachus, Associate Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church

Ann-Isabel Friedman, Sacred Sites Program, NYC Landmarks Conservancy

Rev. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church

Tickets can be reserved at bit.ly/HarlemTix


The End of Black Harlem | NY Times

A Push to Preserve the Cultural Legacy of Harlem’s Sugar Hill | NY Times

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