Updated 05/30/2012 11:44 PM
Historic Sites Vie For Preservation Grants With NYers' Help
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New Yorkers are being given the chance to help preserve a piece of city history.
Across the five boroughs, 40 historic sites are competing for four restoration grants of up to $250,000 for restoration efforts.
It's part of $3 million up for grabs from the Partners in Preservation Program, a partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
City residents can vote one time per day through May 21 on their favorite site, and the one with the most votes will get their preservation grant requests fully funded.
The Central Library in Prospect Heights, one of nine sites in Brooklyn vying for the money, is hoping to make much needed repairs on its decorative front doors.
"We had long ago submitted this project for the competition and then two weeks before it was announced, literally the revolving doors stopped working so it couldn't be coming to us at a better time," said Brooklyn Library President & CEO Linda Johnson.
"We wanted a diversity of sites in all five boroughs, different kinds of sites, libraries, museums, outdoor landscapes," said American Express Foundation President Tim McClimon.
Also in Brooklyn, Congregation Beth Elohim is hoping the funds will help restore a 103-year-old stained glass window that depicts the story of Jacob's Ladder.
"It would really help us go a long way towards restoring this amazing sanctuary," said Rabbi Andy Bachman.
Other projects competing include a planned restoration of stained glass windows at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, and at the Erasmus Hall Campus in Flatbush.
Winners will be announced on May 22.
An advisory committee will convene on June 12 to decide which specific projects will get funding from the remaining $2 million, which will be announced the following day.
All sites who took part will get at least $10,000.
To vote, visit partnersinpreservation.com.