Douglaston Hill House Returned to District

From the Queens Times-Ledger 07/26/2007240th St. home historic: Cityby Joseph Gargiulo and Elizabeth Stein The City Council’s Subcommittee for Landmarks, Public Citing and Maritime Usage decided Monday that a home belonged in the Douglaston Hill Historic District after the owners attempted to have their house exempted from the designation.The 5-2 decision came after a re-evaluation […]

Douglaston Hill House to be decided on at City Council

From the New York SunCouncil Weighs Historic District DisputeBY ELIOT BROWN – Special to the SunJuly 13, 2007URL: A protracted dispute between a Queens couple and the city is nearing a terminus, as the City Council is mulling over the historic status of a Douglaston home. The micro-battle, which could come to an end […]

Well Over a Hundred on City Hall Steps (protest Eminent Domain Abuse)

More photos available at: A broad-based coalition of property owners, tenants, advocates, elected officials and citizens gathered yesterday on the overn-like steps of New York’s City Hall to voice opposition to epidemic abuse of eminent domain in New York City and New York State. The group, united under the banner New Yorkers Against Eminent […]

City Council Passes New Building Codes

This one slipped past us completely – what it means to renovations and older buildings is yet to be seen. Council OK – Rules to affect new city construction BY FRANK LOMBARDIDAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU Posted Thursday, June 28th 2007, 4:00 AM After four years of heavy lifting, the City Council finally voted yesterday […]

Contact City Council and Ask Them to Uphold Our Landmarks!

On Monday June 25, the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses will be voting on the landmark designation of three important structures, 23 and 25 Park Place in Manhattan and 41-45 240th Street in Queens. The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated 23 & 25 Park Place as individual landmarks in March 2007. […]

One Council Member's View

From the New York Post: ENDING NY’S DEVELOPMENT DIVISIONSBy DANIEL R. GARODNICK June 8, 2007 — NEW Yorkers know what they want when it comes to development in their neighborhoods. From Morningside Heights to the Brooklyn waterfront City residents are constantly debating development plans and rezoning proposals. Unfortunately the result is often bitterness and antagonism. […]

Give LPC a Bigger Slice of the Pie!

By Shane Miller Brooklyn Downtown STAR Dateline : Thursday, May 17, 2007 It only amounts to a miniscule portion of this year’s $50 billion-plus city budget, but preservationists say $1 million would make a huge difference for the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). “We have a Landmarks Commission with a hard-working and dedicated staff that is […]

Rally for LPC Funds Wednesday, May 9th at 12:30pm

Reminder! Join us on City Hall steps at 12:30 this Wednesday, May 9th to support More Money for New York’s Landmarks! HDC will be joining other preservation groups this Wednesday, along with City Council Members Tony Avella, Jessica Lappin and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to speak out on the need for more LPC funding. […]

Partial Report from the Duffield Street Houses Hearing

First, read this Council hearing on Underground Railroad homes and this Lawmakers To Consider Fate of Seven Brooklyn Houses. Then if you really want to understand, read this: DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD REPORT I just got back from the City Council hearing and I was amazed. Because of a schedule conflict, I left after the […]

LPC Chair Robert Tierney's Statement about the LPC Budget

This is Mr. Tierney’s statement before City Council at today’s Preliminary Budget Hearing. It serves as an interesting self-summation of the agency’s work in the past year. TESTIMONY OF ROBERT B. TIERNEY, LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION CHAIR,BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL LAND USE COMMITTEEMARCH 8, 2007 Good morning Chairwoman Katz and Honorable Councilmembers. I am Bob Tierney, […]