Manhattan Community Board 10 Preservation Plan

In response to the growing concerns of the Community regarding preserving Harlem’s rich heritage, Community Board 10’s Land Use and Landmarks Committee has developed a comprehensive planning document that explores various methods in preserving historic buildings and the built context of the District. This planning document outlines the purpose, the context, and the benefits of […]

St. John's Church and New Construction in Historic Districts Today A lecture by Stephen F. Byrns

Title: St. John’s Church and New Construction in Historic Districts Today A lecture by Stephen F. Byrns Location: Neighborhood Preservation Center 232 East 11th Street Description: St. John’s Getty Square was originally a 1751 Georgian manorial church in downtown Yonkers. In 1871, it became one of the first examples of historic preservation in America, with […]

Historic Preservation Saved New York!

On Sunday, April 22, 2012, the New York Daily news published an opinion piece by Edward Glaeser, a professor of Economics at Harvard, arguing that historic districts are damaging to the economic, social, and environmental health of the city because they limit new construction. HDC board member Jeffrey A. Kroessler offers this reply. In the […]

A Brief Report From A Rather Long Hearing

It should come as no surprise that Wednesday’s Joint Meeting of the City Council Committees on Buildings and Land Use  lasted as long as it did, starting around 10:15am with the last speaker finishing sometime after 2:15pm.  Fully half of the City Council and the Public Advocate were in attendance during the hearing although unfortunately, […]

A Brief Report From A Rather Long Hearing

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Wednesday’s Joint Meeting of the City Council Committees on Buildings and Land Use  lasted as long as it did, starting around 10:15am with the last speaker finishing sometime after 2:15pm.  Fully half of the City Council and the Public Advocate were in attendance during the hearing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proposed Bill to Change Replacement Materials in Landmark Buildings

Intro 845A, the Replacement Materials Bill (text below), would significantly change the way the Commission regulates designated properties and would undermine the basic benefit of LPC oversight in helping to gradually return areas to a more historically-appropriate condition.  One of the things that historic designation achieves is the improvement of the condition of the building […]

Proposed Bill to Create A Timeline on the Landmarks Designation Process

Int. No.   By Council Member Lander       A LOCAL LAW       ..Title   To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the landmarks preservation commission to create a timeline for the designation process.   ..Body           Be it enacted […]