Burling Slip Playground Approved by Landmarks

From the precognitive New York Times February 14, 2007Metro Briefing New YorkManhattan: Landmarks Panel Approves Experimental Playground By DIANE CARDWELL An experimental playground planned for Burling Slip near the South Street Seaport took a step closer to fruition yesterday with unanimous approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. At the commission’s request, designers at the Rockwell […]

Protesters of Church Closing Arrested

If the protests in Boston are any indiciation, this is only the beginning of the backlash.February 14, 2007From the New York TimesA Church Protest Ends Quickly, but the Anger Is Likely to Endure By JAMES BARRON “Carmen Villegas did not expect the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York to send burly guards into her church, […]

From Russia, No Love of Skyscrapers

An interesting article from the international press – reflecting the importance of the 980 Madison “decision”. Redesigning the Power VerticalGazprom Threatens St. Petersburg’s SkylineBy Paul AbelskyRussia Profile “Although skyscrapers remain the favored architectural expression of corporate clout around the world, in recent decades high-rise construction has mostly flourished in the petrostates of the Persian Gulf […]

A Budget Analysis, and a Call for more Funds for the LPC

From the Citizen’s Emergency Committee to Preserve Preservation Mayor Bloomberg released his proposed Fiscal Year 2008 (July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008) budget on Thursday, January 25th. Overall, the budget was considered to be an easy one to swallow, featuring tax cuts, increased baseline funding for parks and cultural institutions (a first, as far asanyone can […]

More Details about Albee Square Mall

From the New York Times February 13, 2007Deal Would Triple the Size of the Albee Square Mall in Brooklyn and Add a High-RiseBy ANDY NEWMAN The Downtown Brooklyn shopping plaza formerly known as the Albee Square Mall will soon undergo yet another incarnation: It will be razed, rebuilt at triple the size and topped with […]

Steve Cuozzo Does a Victory Dance over Dakota Stables Defeat

From the New York Post, WEST SIDE CONDO PROJECT PLANBy STEVE CUOZZO February 13, 2007 — NOW that preservationists have failed in their far-fetched campaign to landmark the former Dakota Stables, we’ve learned exactly what Related plans to build in their place.The west blockfront of Amsterdam Avenue between 76th and 77th streets, home to low-slung […]

In-depth Article on the City Hall Park Archaeological Excavation

This is a very good, in-depth (sorry!) article on the City Hall Park Excavation. And no, I’m not biased just because my father co-wrote it. The City Hall Park ProjectFebruary 12, 2007by H. Arthur Bankoff and Alyssa Loorya The eighteenth century was crucial to the development of New York. At its beginning, New York was […]

LPC Declines Landmarking Renaissance Casino; calenders Mahattan Avenue Historic District

Went to the LPC this morning; heard the Manhattan Avenue HD get calendared (40 buildings between 104 –106th Streets, one block west of Central Park – map will probably be poste don LPC website soon). District is mostly rowhouses, built between 1885-1890 by three different architects, including C.P.H. Gilbert, in very good condition with nice […]

One more NY place falls to condos

From the New York Sun: Goodnight, MoondanceBY GARY SHAPIRO – Staff Reporter of the SunFebruary 13, 2007URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/48536 On the western frontier of SoHo, the Moondance Diner is dancing off into the sunset: Along with an adjacent two-story parking garage and a parking lot, it is going to be developed into luxury residential condominiums. The […]

SHPO & LPC Agree on Archaeological Potential for St. Saviour's

From the JUNIPER PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION ([email protected]) LPC & SHPO AGREE: ST. SAVIOUR’S HAS HIGH ARCHAEOLOGICAL POTENTIAL (February 12, 2007) In two shocking revelations, both the NYS Office of Historic Preservation and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) have admitted that the St. Saviour’s site contains the potential for recovery of archaeologically significant materials, including […]