At its Annual Meeting on May 24th, the Board of Directors of the Historic Districts Council elected Paul Graziano (pictured left) to be the new President of HDC. Paul, an independent urban planner and Queens native, is HDC’s sixth president and is replacing Staten Island attorney and activist David Goldfarb (pictured right) who served as President from 2003-2007 and is remaining on the Board.
Paul began working with HDC in 1997 during his campaign to try to save the historic Waldheim neighborhood in Flushing and won a Grassroots Preservation Award in 2001 for all his efforts to preserve the historic, low-scale character of his native borough. He joined HDC’s Board of Advisers in 2002, and the Board of Directors in 2004. Paul has worked on several surveys of historic properties and rezoning initiatives throughout Queens; resulting in wide-spread down-zonings utilizing the new R2A code which he helped draft to prevent the sprawl of McMansions in low-density suburban areas. He is also the co-author of the successful Broadway-Flushing National Register Historic District nomination, which resulted in over 1,300 properties from this suburban northeast Queens neighborhood being placed on the National Register in 2006. To Paul, “preservation means more than just landmarking,” and he has pledged “to broaden our approach to come up with different strategies on how to protect and preserve neighborhoods in all five boroughs of New York City.” It’s going to be an exciting time, and we hope everyone will join in our ongoing preservation campaigns.
Photo from Historic Districts Council