New Market Building is Place Matters building of the month!

Place Matters names the New Market Building as building of the month Dear Friends, The New Market Building, the original site of the Fulton Fish Market along the East River, lays empty today. Activist groups have worked over the last few decades to restore the market to its former importance as part of a revitalization of […]

LANDMARK WEST!- “Meet the City Council Candidates”

  The New York Times has reported (5/30/13) that real estate developers, big property owners, banks, insurance companies and investment firms have established a $10 million PAC in order to become aggressively involved in 2013 NY City Council elections to support and elect 21 candidates to further their “pro-development,” anti-neighborhood, anti-small business agenda.    LANDMARK WEST! is hosting a unique “Meet the […]

Save the New York Public Library Rally – May 8, 2013

On May 8th the Committee to Save the New York Public Library and HDC met with other organizations and members of the community to rally against the Central Library Plan. Below is a video taken of the rally (Part 2) Citizens protest the NYPL “Central Library Plan.”

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's Statement on the NYPL's Central Library Plan

NYPL’s Central Library Plan The New York Public Library is an institution that embodies the altruistic principle that education is the great societal elevator. It was founded in the belief that everyone should have access to the resources necessary for self-improvement. Unfortunately, with the NYPL’s pursuit of the Central Library Plan, it appears that mission […]

Landmarks Designates Five Firehouses and Considers Lower East Side Nursing Home

The Bialystoker Home had an excellent designation public hearing on Tuesday.  Although the building ceased operation as a nursing home last year and is currently up for sale, the owners stated that they were not opposed to landmarking.  Nearly twenty other speakers, including CM Margaret Chin, Community Board 3, Friends of the Bialystoker, and HDC, […]

BSA Rejects Owner’s Appeal to Legalize Fifth Story on Underground Railroad House Requires LPC to Review Permits; Lawsuit Threatened

On Tuesday, the Board of Standards and Appeals unanimously voted that the Hopper Gibbons house must fall under the jurisdiction of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and that the owner would have to get approval from them to keep their addition before re-applying for a waiver to the Multiple Dwelling Law allowing such an expansion.  However, […]

Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Designation Hearing for the proposed Harrison Street and Bedford Historic Districts

Two long-sought-after historic districts finally got public hearings at the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday.   The two districts, both of which community members have been advocating for years for consideration, were originally scheduled for an October hearing at LPC, but that meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.   Since 1976, the Mud Lane Society for […]