LPC Response to The New York Times’ Series on Landmarks

From The New York Times December 30, 2008 Letter Landmarks’ Successes To the Editor: Re “Improving the Landmarks Process” (editorial, Dec. 6); and the “Preserving the City” series (Nov. 26 and 29; Dec. 1 and 2): Although your recent series and editorial about the Landmarks Preservation Commission acknowledge its successes, they do not mention most […]

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Top Ten Reasons Mayor Bloomberg Should Grant Holiday Wish for Marx Brothers Place!

From the 93rd Street Beautification Association: The Top Ten Reasons NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Should Grant the Holiday Wish for Marx Brothers Place:10. It might get Woody Allen to drop his bid to run against the Mayor in ’09 ! 9. Free supply of Groucho glasses for life ! 8. It would guarantee the […]

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The State of Landmarks in Queens…16 years ago

In the course of doing research on another topic, we came across this article in The New York Times from February 1993.  Since then, the following areas which are mentioned have been designated as landmarks or historic districts: Jackson Heights (1993), Douglaston (1997) & Douglaston Hill (2004), Sunnyside Gardens (2007) and most remarkably, Jamaica Savings Bank (2008 & affirmed […]

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Who Says Advocates Never Say Anything Nice?

From 250+ Friends of Parks ….we praise the times this past year when the Parks Department did it absolutely right. No kidding. the bronx: green space rescued from developers For a time, the Parks Department floated the idea of giving a dilapidated University Woods away to developers and making a new park somewhere else instead. […]

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HDC’s Best of 2008: Candidates for Political Office Make Preservation a Top Campaign Issue!

This spring HDC launched the League of Preservation Voters during a special election for Council District 30 in central Queens. The initiative, which aims to better educate local elected officials about the importance of historic preservation and development issues throughout the city, also helps communities and elected officials partner together to better preserve the historic […]

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HDC’s Best of 2008: Damaging Zoning Text Amendments Withdrawn!

Early last winter, a series of zoning text amendments were proposed by the American Institute of Architects/New York Chapter that would have reworked how new development was built in contextual zones throughout the city. The amendments were broad in scope and dealt with issues as diverse as side yard requirements, rooftop bulkheads and corner lot […]

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HDC’s Best of 2008: Packed Preservation Conference Reveals Lack of Preservation in PlaNYC 2030!

HDC’s Annual Preservation Conference this past March featured keynote speaker Rohit Aggarwala, director of the New York City Department of Long-term Planning & Sustainability and a key architect of the Bloomberg administration’s PlaNYC 2030. After a full presentation by Mr. Aggarwala on the Plan’s major tenets, HDC convened a group of professional preservation advocates to […]

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HDC’s Best of 2008: St. Saviour’s Saved!

Not all buildings can be saved by traditional means. In a recent case, one community went above and beyond to save an historic church at the eleventh hour. The church was St. Saviour’s, a rare 1847 Carpenter Gothic style building designed by Richard Upjohn in Maspeth, Queens. The local community organization, Juniper Park Civic Association […]

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HDC’s Best of 2008: Seaport Plan Scrapped!

There will always be new and increased threats to New York City’s historic districts. Late this fall, one such proposal came before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. But as in the past, the preservation community came together to challenge this gargantuan proposal, which would have negatively changed the seaport district forever. The proposal was spearheaded by […]

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HDC’s Best of 2008: Despite Owner Opposition, City Council Upholds Historic District Boundaries!

An increasingly important part of the landmark designation process is the affirmation of landmark status by the City Council. While Council action has always been the final step in the process, ever since the denial of the landmark designation of St. John the Divine in 2003, the Council has gotten more involved in deliberations over […]

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