amNew York highlights Endangered Buildings
Endangered New York: 10 (more) to save
By Lana Bortolot Special to amNewYork
December 21, 2007
As the real-estate boom year of 2007 winds down, houses of worship, schools, historic residences, whole neighborhoods — even the corner diner — tenuously exist under the threat of the wrecking ball.
Indeed, the changes are so breathtaking that the question of whether the city is losing its very soul has been seriously debated among preservationists, community and civic groups.
It’s a grim scenario that Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, imagines in neighborhood after neighborhood — and not affecting just the mom and pops.