Proposed Bill to Allow Appeals of Denied RFEs

Int. No.   By Council Member Lander ..Title   A LOCAL LAW To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the landmarks preservation commission to allow denied requests for evaluation to be nominated to the landmarks preservation commission entire body for a vote.   Be it enacted by […]

Proposed Bill for Landmarks to maintain an online database of RFEs

Int. No. 532-A By Council Member Garodnick   A LOCAL LAW   To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the landmarks preservation commission to maintain a publicly available database for requests for evaluation.     Be it enacted by the Council as follows:   Section 1.   Section […]

Proposed Bill for Timely Consideration of RFEs by Landmarks Commission

Int. No. 222-A   By Council Members Lappin, Lander, Brewer, Chin, Comrie, Mendez, Van Bramer and Williams   A LOCAL LAW   To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to timely consideration of requests for evaluation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.   Be it enacted by the Council as […]

Council Overturns Landmark Designation of an 1817 Building

  On Wednesday, the City Council voted to deny the landmark designation of the  Hardenbrook Somarindyck House at 135 Bowery an 1817 Federal-style rowhouse in Lower Manhattan. At the request of local Council member Margaret Chin, the Council exercised its authority to overturn the actions of the Landmarks Commission for the second time in two […]

135 Bowery Denied Landmark Status

This afternoon,  the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Usage voted 4 (Halloran, Lander, Sanders, Williams) to 1 (Mendez) to deny the Landmark designation of the Hardenbrook Somarindyck House at 135 Bowery. The designation was opposed by the building’s owner, First American International Bank, who found a strong advocate in local Council […]

Help save an 1817 rowhouse on the Bowery

HDC needs your help.  On Thursday, the City Council is going to vote on the landmark designation of an 1817 Federal-style rowhouse in Lower Manhattan and we have reason to fear that they will overturn its landmark status so that a commercial tower can be developed on its site. We need you to contact the […]

Comrie holding up designation of Jamaica Savings Bank for owner approval

From the Times Ledger 01/17/2008City in talks with owner to landmark Jamaica bankBy Ivan Pereira The City Council and the Landmarks Preservation Commission are waiting to see whether a landlord will allow his historical building in downtown Jamaica to become a city landmark.For more than 30 years, the city has been trying to make the […]

Comrie holding up designation of Jamaica Savings Bank for owner approval

From the Times Ledger 01/17/2008City in talks with owner to landmark Jamaica bankBy Ivan Pereira The City Council and the Landmarks Preservation Commission are waiting to see whether a landlord will allow his historical building in downtown Jamaica to become a city landmark.For more than 30 years, the city has been trying to make the […]

Jamaica Savings Bank Still Not Landmarked; Comrie Still On The Fence

Mr. Comrie knows full well that a building’s condition is not a predicating factor for landmark designation. He is underlining the politics of the situation (by implying that unless he is satisfied with LPC’s answers – he will overturn the designation) and by doing so, undercuts the landmarks process. From the Queens Chronicle Historic Jamaica […]

Jamaica Savings Bank: maybe this time the designation will stick?

What this story neglects to mention is that the Landmarks Preservation Commission already designated this building not once but twice – and both times the designation was overturned by local politicians (the last one being Archie Spigner, Mr. Comrie’s former boss). Of course the LPC wants his assurances that he will support it! Owner of […]