Carnegie Hill Neighbors, founded to preserve the architectural heritage of Carnegie Hill, endeavors to enhance the neighborhood with quality of life programs addressing beautification and security; to educate residents about topics ranging from environmental issues to the architectural styles in the neighborhood; and to address challenges to the community.
Quality of Life
Our QOL program includes our Cleanstreets program, Greening CHN, Wellness Workshops and our signature Park Avenue Malls maintenance.
Our preservation programs advocate and promote scalable construction and renovation.
Thanks to our participating buildings throughout the neighborhood, our patrol car drives the neighborhood from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily.
Our Historic District
The Carnegie Hill catchment area extends from 86th Street to 98th Street, from the east side of Fifth Avenue to just west of Third Avenue. The map shown to the left highlights the historic districts within Carnegie Hill. The two original designations between 91st and 95th streets were made in 1974. In 1993, an expanded district was made to incorporate the two into a larger whole, the jewelbox district of Hardenbergh-Rhinelander was designated five years later, and last, in 2014, the Park Avenue Historic District was extended from below 86th Street to 91st Street.
The Carnegie Hill Architectural Guide, published by CHN in 2008, describes in detail close to 400 buildings in the neighborhood. This paperback volume is packed with information both historical and decorative and even as the neighborhood changes, the historical detail of the landmarks described within remain the same. Sturdy and portable, the book furnishes the reader with a collection of visual cues to look out for as well as a menu of self guided walking tours to follow alone or with a companion.
The Carnegie Hill Architectural Guide is good source material for students of architecture and design, the decorative and applied arts as well as students of New York City history among other academic pursuits, both accredited and as one’s hobby or passion.
CHN Board of Directors
Because Carnegie Hill Neighbors is a staffed organization, active on many fronts with a community-minded board of directors, it is in the best position to address neighborhood concerns—from dirty sidewalks to threatening towers.
The CHN Board of Directors oversees the work of the organization. It is a working board with most members in charge of a committee or activity. The board is comprised of members who are passionate about the community and their areas of interest, be it landmarks, streetscape, tree care, the environment, safety, fund raising, membership development, communications or just spreading the word about how CHN protects and improves Carnegie Hill every day.
David Stoll – Chairman
Lo van der Valk – President
Mark Goldsmith – Vice President
Nicole Mellody – Treasurer
Joanna Cawley – Secretary
Virginia B. Pitman
Lo van der Valk
Lo van der Valk
Joined in 2016
Having grown up in a Carnegie Hill historic landmark, Joanna has direct knowledge of the upkeep and accountability required in stewarding a piece of NYC dwindling historic house supply. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Ceramics from Pratt Institute, and an M.A. in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies from Parsons School of Design. As a former small business owner, Joanna enjoys checking in with local shops daily, on her bike, to and from Carnegie Hill.
Joined in 2019
Nina has been a Carnegie Hill resident since 2003 and joined CHN to continue her work in non profit fundraising. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from St. Lawrence University. Her favorite part of part of Carnegie Hill is the Park Avenue garden and a having a dry martini at Island.
Joined in 2021
Eduardo is an Architect and Urban Planner from Brazil. He holds an M.S. degree in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Brasilia, in Brazil. Eduardo relishes walking up and down Park Avenue, observing the beautiful flowers on the Avenue’s Malls.