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Why City Council’s Proposed Bill Intro 775 is Detrimental to Landmarks

Update: Mayor de Blasio singed Intro 775-A into law on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Click here for more information on Intro 775-A Below is a memo in opposition to Intro 775, the bill which aims to halt landmarks designations.  There will be a hearing on Wednesday, September 9th at  11am in the City Council Chambers at […]

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 […]

E-bulletin: Midtown East Rezoning Sent Back to the Drawing Board!

 E-BULLETIN OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL November 2013, Volume 10, Number 6 Midtown East Rezoning Sent Back to the Drawing Board! Last night, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council member Dan Garodnick announced that they would not support the current rezoning proposal for Midtown East; citing “among other issues, we remain concerned with the price, […]

E-BULLETIN- Postponed-Coffee Talk; Fun- World Fair Screening, 6TC Bike Tour; Important- City Council Meeting for Flushing Meadows Corona Park

 E-BULLETIN OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL May 2013, Volume 10, Number 9             Thank You to everyone who made the Grassroots Preservation Awards 2013 an AMAZING event! We could not have done it with your help and support!  Special thanks especially to the Village Community School and its architect Leo Blackman for hosting us […]

Committee to Save the New York Public Library: The Central Library Plan

The Truth About the Central Library Plan Executive Summary The Central Library Plan (CLP) would close and sell two major public libraries – the Mid-Manhattan branch and the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) – and consolidate their functions within the 42nd Street Research Library building. To accomplish this, the Research Library’s seven-story book stacks […]

HDC on the NYU Expansion Plan

Statement of the Historic Districts Council City Council June 29, 2012 Regarding the  New York University expansion plan The Historic Districts Council is the advocate for New York City’s historic neighborhoods.  HDC stands with the Greenwich Village community leaders, residents, preservationists and others in opposing New York University’s plans to expand in the designed open […]

What the City Council Proposals Really Mean

The City Council held a public hearing on Wednesday, May 2 at 10am at 250 Broadway to contemplate 11 bills which, if passed, will greatly change the workings of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in some very damaging ways. The first batch of bills are ones which were previously proposed and have been sitting in committee […]

What the new Landmarks Designation Process Would Look Like

Request is submitted to LPC. LPC shall create and maintain a publicly accessible database of RFEs.  Database will include: (532A) Name of person making request Address of property to be evaluated Current status of evaluation Resolution of request Request is sent to RFE Committee within 120 days (approx. 4 months). RFE Committee must make written […]

City Council Proposes Vast Changes to the Landmarks Process in Important Meeting on Wednesday, May 2

The City Council’s Committee on Housing & Buildings and Committee on Land Use will be holding at joint hearing next week on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM at 250 Broadway, 14th Floor regarding a number of bills regarding the Landmarks Preservation Commission and landmarked buildings.  The current agenda with links to the bills […]

Proposed Bill to Alter the Landmark Designation Process (Economic Argument Bill)

Intro 846, the Economic Argument Bill, (text below)  fundamentally alters the way which the City judges properties to merit landmark protection by elevating a narrow definition of economic worth over the multiple benefits of landmark designation as set out in the Landmarks Law. The Landmarks Law (N.Y. ADC. LAW § 25-301) states that “as a […]

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