Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel is the founder and chair of the New York Landmarks50 Alliance, chairperson of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center and Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts, serving all 62 counties. She is also a commissioner of the American Battle Monuments Commission, and a director of the Trust for the National Mall. She served as the first director of the Office of Cultural Affairs of New York City, and is the longest-serving commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
"A spectacular book....Diamonstein-Spielvogel has proven that New York City cares deeply about its past and its connections to the present and future." -Gotham Magazine "To read this book from cover to cover is to reread the past 400 years of New York history....Highly recommended." -Library Journal