Letter from Assembly Member Daniel J. O’Donnell – Designate Morningside Heights
Did you know that historic Morningside Heights is not protected?
For the past 20 years the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee and I have called on the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to give Morningside Heights historic designation. A historic district would protect our neighborhood’s architectural history and sense of place that so many admire.
I have also called for the rezoning of Morningside Heights so that new developments will not be allowed to build taller than the natural landscape of the neighborhood. Current zoning laws allow developers to build as tall as they want without restrictions.
Unfortunately, inaction by the LPC and the city has resulted in many non-contextual, luxury developments that mar the history and beauty of our neighborhood.
Now I am asking YOU to stand up for the cause and join us in asking for protection of our neighborhood. Only a historic landmark and rezoning can save the grandeur of Morningside Heights for generations to come.
Tell Mayor de Blasio and the LPC that Morningside Heights needs historic designation and rezoning now by signing the petition.
Very Truly Yours,
Daniel J. O’Donnell