Submitted by ub on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 11:51

A grand total of 40 NYC cultural institutions and historic sites are competing for millions of dollars in grants for preservation efforts in a new grassroots campaign announced yesterday.

Members of the public at large can now vote online for the projects that are most important or favorites to them, ranging from The City Island Nautical Museum to internationally known landmarks, like the Guggenheim Museum, NY Botanical Garden and Harlem's Apollo Theater.

Out of the 40, only four winning sites will receive grants and an advisory committee of community leaders working with the project's organizer, Partners in Preservation, will disperse the rest of the $3 million in funds to the nominees.

These 40 selected sites reflect a range of landmarks that makes up New York the city's National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Voting will continue through May 21. All of the sites will hold open houses on May 5 and 6 and feature behind the scenes tours and re-enactments, arts and crafts, musical performances and art installations.

Historic places seeking grants include park-lands such as Japan Society, Brooklyn's seaside Gateway National Recreation Area and other local favorites and Bartow-Pell Mansion.

Cultural and arts nominees include Museum of the City of New York and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

-- Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island
-- Apollo Theater, Manhattan
-- Astoria Pool, Queens
-- Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Bronx
-- Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Brooklyn
-- Brown Memorial Baptist Church, Brooklyn
-- Caribbean Cultural Center, Manhattan
-- City Island Nautical Museum, Bronx
-- Cleopatra's Needle, Manhattan
-- Coney Island B&B Carousell, Brooklyn
-- Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn
-- Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Manhattan
-- Ellis Island Hospital Complex, Manhattan
-- Erasmus Hall Campus, Brooklyn
-- Federal Hall National Memorial, Manhattan
-- Flushing Town Hall, Queens
-- Gateway National Recreation Area, Brooklyn
-- Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, Brooklyn
-- Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan
-- Helen Hayes Theatre, Manhattan
-- Henry Street Settlement, Manhattan
-- High Line, Manhattan
-- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan
-- Japan Society, Inc., Manhattan
-- Jefferson Market Library, Manhattan
-- Louis Armstrong House Museum, Queens
-- Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Manhattan
-- Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, Bronx
-- Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan
-- New York Botanical Garden, Bronx
-- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society Rosebank, Staten Island.
-- Queens County Farm Museum, Queens
-- Rocket Thrower, Queens
-- Rossville African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Staten Island.
-- Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Manhattan
-- St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, Manhattan
-- Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, Staten Island
-- Tug Pegasus & Waterfront Museum Barge, Brooklyn
-- Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn
-- Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx

Everyone who wishes to cast their votes: and