Like you, we've always dreamed of exploring the top of one of NYC's first skyscrapers: the Woolworth Building. Now, the Historic Districts Council is giving five lucky people the chance to visit the top of the Woolworth Tower Residences as part of its new #PreservationPays Challenge to showcase the economic benefits of historic preservation.

The challenge involves entrants taking photographs of themselves in front of seven historically significant buildings and then tagging them #PreservationPays and mentioning the Historic Districts Council on social media—@hdcnyc on Instagram and @hdc_nyc on Twitter (more details in the rules below):

  • The Washington Square Arch in the Village (Take the A / C / E / B / D / F / M to W 4th St - Washington Sq);
  • Carnegie Hall, at 881 7th Avenue in Manhattan (Take the N / Q / R to 57th St - 7th Ave) (Take the N / Q / R to 57th St - 7th Ave);
  • Chavela's at 736 Franklin Ave in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (Take the 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 to Franklin Ave);
  • The Battery Maritime Building, at 10 South Street in Manhattan (Take the 1 to South Ferry or R to Whitehall St)
  • 33-52 81st Street in the Jackson Heights Historic District, Queens (Take the 7 to 82nd St - Jackson Heights);
  • The Alhambra Apartments, at 500 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn (Take the A / C to Nostrand Ave); and
  • The Woolworth Building / Woolworth Tower Residences at 2 Park Place, Manhattan (Take the 2 / 3 to Park Place or R to City Hall).

You'll find some more interesting facts about the buildings in the Historic Districts Council's slideshow "How Historic Preservation Benefits New York City," below. The slides also describe how historic preservation—as a driver of New York City's multi-billion-dollar tourism trade, a creator of good paying jobs, and an attractive option for affordable housing—is a positive force for the financial well-being of the city.

"Preserving, improving, and celebrating historic buildings and neighborhoods is a proven method for invigorating local economies," said Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council. "The #PreservationPays Challenge will help New Yorkers see these benefits firsthand."

The five winners will be treated to a private tour of the top of the iconic building, at the Woolworth Tower Residences, led by Historic Districts Council Adviser and official Woolworth Building Historian Lisa Renz. This tour, which is supported by Sotheby's International Realty, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit one of New York City's finest landmarks.

THE RULES: The #PreservationPays Challenge is free and open to all. To be entered in the drawing, participants must snap a photo of themselves in front of all six buildings named in the Infographic, as well as the Woolworth Building in Lower Manhattan.

2016_08_hdc.jpg Each photo must be posted on either Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #PreservationPays and tagging the Historic Districts Council (@hdcnyc on Instagram and @hdc_nyc on Twitter) before 11:59 PM on Tuesday, September 6th.

Only individuals who have posted all seven photos using the hashtag will be entered into the drawing. The five winners will be selected randomly, and each will be entitled to bring along one guest on the tour.

For full details about the #PreservationPays Challenge, please visit