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Broadening Our Coalition: Testimonials from the Trades

Some assume that all unions oppose historic preservation. But nothing could be further from the truth. Historic preservation creates high-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. That’s just one of the many reasons that the Bricklayers Union chose to endorse our efforts in January of 2016. And it’s only the beginning. We‘ve spent the years reaching […]

Defending Historic Preservation in New York City

Historic preservation as both a strategy and as a philosophy is under attack as never before. Although community advocates have achieved some big successes in recent years by gaining long-sought landmark designations and thwarting (or at least modifying) destructive proposals to historic buildings, the Real Estate Board of New York (“REBNY”), the principal lobbyist for […]

Analysis of the Effects of Intro. 775 on Landmark Designation

As proposed, Intro. 775 mandates for the consideration of historic districts the Landmarks Preservation Commission has: • 12 months from a vote to calendar to hold a public hearing • 12 months from the public hearing to vote to designate or the district cannot be acted upon for five years. While the City Council’s own dataset […]

HDC Announces the De-calendaring Items as a 2015 Six to Celebrate

Update:  The LPC has released  the dates of each of the hearings along with resources files and fact sheets. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has agreed to hold hearings for each property on the calendared list! This was first reported in the Wall Street Journal on June 18, 2015. HDC & Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s solution […]

Manhattan Borough President’s Office Proposed Backlog Action Plan for the LPC

April 2, 2015 PROPOSED BACKLOG ACTION PLAN FOR THE LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION (LPC) Over the last year, my office has met with a number of stakeholders: New York Landmarks Conservancy, Historic Districts Council, Municipal Art Society, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Friends of the Upper East Side, Landmark West!, and the Real Estate Board […]

Landmarks Commission to remove 96 sites from consideration

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is proposing to remove 96 sites and properties from consideration for landmark designation at a public meeting on Tuesday, December 9th.  Most of these sites have been under consideration for several years. LPC has stated to us that their reasoning for removing these properties from consideration is political in nature – […]

Articles and Media Coverage: Preservation and the Battle to Preserve It

Press Articles on the Proposed Landmarks Reforms My Rules for Thee, But Not for Me: The City Destroys a City-Owned Landmark: by Jeffrey A. Kroessler,April 16, 2015 Historic preservation saved New York City: 50 years after the passages of a landmark law, celebrate its legacy: by Jeffrey A. Kroessler, April 19, 2015 Demolition freeze may cover 80% of the city: […]

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON PRESERVATION!

(Why landmarks and historic districts are good for NYC!)   FICTION:Too much of the city is off limits to development and construction. FACT:Only 3.6% of NYC is protected by landmark designation. This means that 96.4% of the city is unrestricted by any landmarks regulation. FACT: The Landmarks Preservation Commission and its staff spend the vast majority […]

Testimonials from the Trades: The Value of Preservation

Testimonials on the Value of Preservation from the Trade   One of the arguments continually used against landmark protection is economic, that landmark designation stifles job creation.  We have been reaching out to actual practitioners who work on historic buildings, both protected and not, and here’s what they’re been saying. Click each quote to read […]

E-BULLETIN: Celebrating 50 years of the New York City Landmarks Law and the Landmarks Preservation Commission

E-BULLETIN OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL April2013, Volume 10, Number 4 Marking Spaces: New York City’s Historic Districts on the Panorama of the City of New York Sunday, April 14,2013    3pm – 6pm Please join us at the QueensMuseum of Art for an Opening Reception for a new exhibit showcasing New York City’s designated historic districts on […]

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