Southampton’s Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center’s cultural medallions ceremonies, will oversee the Thursday, December 12, medallion dedications in honor of the late former New York Mayor Ed Koch and co-founder of the New York City Ballet Lincoln Kirstein.
A red medallion for Koch will be placed at 2 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan at noon. Speakers will include former Mayors David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani and Mayoral Chief of Staff Diane Coffey. Giuliani has a home in Water Mill
Then at 3 p.m. the Kirstein medallion will be dedicated at 128 East 19th Street. The speakers will be Jennifer Homans, the author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, and founder of the National Dance Institute Jacques D’Amboise.
The Historic Landmarks Preservation Center publishes books, articles and pamphlets on New York’s built environment and creates and produces television programs, organizes lectures, symposia, and traveling exhibitions that concern historic preservation and history, as well as presenting public art exhibitions.
The cultural medallion program was created 15 years ago to create a sense of pride in history and of place among New Yorkers and visitors, to document significant individuals, and notable occurrences related to the city’s cultural, economic, political, and social history.