There’s No Stopping Harlem’s Yuien Chin As She Receives The 2022 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Leadership Award

March 18, 2022

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced the winners of the 2022 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards. Yuien Chin, an advocate for historic preservation in Harlem, will receive the 2022 Preservation Leadership Award at the Awards Ceremony on April 20th, 2022, at 6:00 pm at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Harlem.

The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors for excellence in preservation.

The Awards recognize individuals, organizations, and building owners for their extraordinary contributions to the City.

The Conservancy is grateful for the support of the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, which makes the Awards possible.

“We have an amazing range of Lucy winners this year,” said Peg Breen, President of The New York Landmarks Conservancy.  “From daring work at the top of individual landmarks to a dazzling Art Deco room to remarkable affordable housing projects. The City’s incredible architectural diversity will be on full display,” she added, “and we’re thrilled to be celebrating it all in person again.”

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Yuien Chin is receiving the Preservation Leadership Award for her work in centering Harlem’s rich architectural and cultural heritage.

Chin’s leadership and hands-on efforts at education and political partnership have advanced the community’s preservation.

For more than two decades, as founder and executive director of the West Harlem Community Preservation Organization, she has been a championing force for historic preservation in Harlem.

Chin initiated and achieved NYC landmark designation and National Register listing for the Hamilton Heights Extension, Sugar Hill, and Dorrance Brooks Square Historic Districts.

Chin is an advocate and activist on development threats to the neighborhood’s historic fabric, working collaboratively with residents, neighborhood groups, and the community board.

Chin purchased a house 25 years ago in the heart of the Hamilton Heights Historic District.

Upon moving to the neighborhood, she threw her energies into restoring her historic home and initiated her activism, even opening her home as part of the Hamilton Heights House tours that raise funds to support local cultural institutions and community preservation.

One of Chin’s greatest strengths has been her long-term view of Harlem’s historic preservation as a cultural pillar of the community’s future.

Harlem’s Renaissance era holds a unique place in American history as a premiere African- American community and has inspired generations of artists, writers, and political thinkers.

Seeking to connect Harlem’s past, present, and future with social and economic benefits to the community, Chin created Harlem One Stop in 2007.

This online portal serves as an entry point to Harlem’s historic sites and artistic legacy by highlighting the uptown cultural and artistic communities and events.

Additionally, Harlem One-Stop partners with initiatives that cultivate walking tours and tourism outreach.

Yuien Chin has been an unsung hero of Harlem preservation for years.

The Conservancy is pleased to shine a light on her many accomplishments.

New York Landmarks Conservancy

The 2022 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Project Award recipients include: 1 West 123rd Street; 55 Reade Street; 74 Grand Street; Astoria Park Pool and Play Center; Empire State Building Mooring Mast; Farley Building Postal Lobby; Gage & Tollner; Helmsley Building; Highbridge Water Tower & Step-Street; Noonan Plaza Apartments; One Wall Street; Power Station at Berklee NYC; T Building and Trinity Church Wall Street. Alex Herrera, Preservationist, will receive the Special Award for Preservation Service in honor of his nearly 23 years as Director of Preservation Services at the New York Landmarks Conservancy before he retired in 2021.

The Preservation Organization Award will be presented to Prospect Park Alliance for excellent stewardship of its collection of historic structures and sites.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy, a private non-profit organization, has led the effort to preserve and protect New York City’s architectural legacy for nearly 50 years.

Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $54 million, which has leveraged more than $1 billion in 1,850 restoration projects throughout New York, revitalizing communities, providing economic stimulus and supporting local jobs.

The Conservancy has also offered countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both nonprofit organizations and individuals.

The Conservancy’s work has saved more than a thousand buildings across the City and State, protecting New York’s distinctive architectural heritage for residents and visitors alike today, and for future generations.

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Photo: Yuien Chin;  Photo Courtesy of  Yuien Chin.

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