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Mayor de Blasio’s Plan to Build More Cells

Architect Magazine By Aaron Betsky It is not just a problem, in other words, of making space for the poor in New York. It is a case of looking at the ways in which space is arranged and used throughout the City, and coming up with ways to create a more pleasant living and working environment. […]

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So what did happen on Park Avenue?

On Tuesday April 29, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the Park Avenue Historic District as New York City’s 111th historic district. HDC is thrilled about this designation and is especially thankful for the LPC’s swift action on this item. However, we are confused by the commissioners’ deliberate decision to specify the Park Avenue […]

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Park Avenue Designated a Historic District

‘Upper Park Avenue Designated a Historic District’ DNAinfo By Lindsay Armstrong The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated a 12-block stretch of the Upper East Side as the Park Avenue Historic District Tuesday after a push from local preservationists to protect the area. The 64-building area — bounded by East 79th Street to the south and East 91st Street to the north — […]

The Tyranny of the Glass Boxes

New York Times  By: The Editorial Board West 57th Street is the epicenter of the luxury glass-box boom, in which the lovely old buildings that give New York character are being replaced by bland monoliths. Given that the commission is often all that stands between a neighborhood icon and a wrecking ball, it needs, at the very […]

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Why the proposal to demolish the two buildings in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District is a terrible idea and must be denied

  Update: On April 1st the committee made no action on the proposal, they were in agreement that the demolition of these two buildings was not warrented. To read HDCs full testimony click here . On April 1st, the owner of 51 & 53 West 19th Street in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District will request the […]

Preservation Pays! REBNY’S Campaign Against Landmark Protection Is Misguided

By opposing preservation, REBNY and its allies oppose the will of the people BY JEFFREY A. KROESSLER/New York Observer Imagine New York City without a landmarks law protecting historic neighborhoods and buildings. Actually, one does not have to imagine. There are examples aplenty across the five boroughs. From urban renewal sites to the apartment towers rising […]

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