Project Updates

This project is the first comprehensive upgrade to our buildings in over 85 years, and we are excited to be moving forward with this much-needed renovation and enhancement. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Daly, Community Relations Manager, either at or at (646) 783-5815.

If you are interested in receiving updates on our building project, email

Winter 2020-2021

During February and March 2021, excavation and foundation activities will occur on East 70th Street, including:

  • Erecting a plywood construction fence on the north side of East 70th Street within the parking lane to enclose construction area
  • Erecting scaffolding on the facades of the Frick
  • Delivery of construction equipment and materials to the site
  • Demolition work
  • Commencement of excavation and foundation work

This phase of work will involve an increase in noise level and activity on the site. These activities may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.

Previous work on the site has included erecting protective barriers and fencing on both East 70th and East 71st Streets, as well as pedestrian walkways.

Various architectural elements in the 70th Street Garden were photographed and sent off-site for conservation. Several of the trees were sent to a nursery where they will be maintained before being returned to the garden; damaged trees in the garden and on the sidewalk were removed, and will be replaced at the end of the project.

The Frick has assembled a team of experts to oversee the garden’s restoration and reinstallation, in keeping with Russell Page’s original vision.  If you would like to know more, read our announcements.

The Frick Collection and our contractors are committed to the health and safety of our personnel and the surrounding community. All activities are conducted based on New York State reopening guidelines as well as the latest Covid-19 guidance from the relevant government agencies.

COVID-19 health and safety measures include medical screenings for all workers entering the site, PPE for all personnel, additional sanitizing and handwashing stations, and social distancing practices where feasible. 

Construction is being carried out in accordance with New York City laws and regulations, which allow construction activities between 7 AM and 6 PM on weekdays. Work will typically begin at 7 AM on weekdays and end at 3:30 PM. Advance notice will be given should it be necessary to perform work outside these hours.