One more nail in the coffin of Times Square's sorted history September 7, 2007, 10:11 amA Seedy Eighth Avenue Landmark, Gone DarkBy David W. Dunlap Slide Show on the Playpen The homogenization of the Times Square area (yes, The Times has contributed to the phenomenon with its new headquarters opposite the Port Authority Bus Terminal) has claimed another quirky victim: the Playpen, a former cinema […]

Save the Elmhurst Public Library!

Losing Our WayOp-Ed by Dr. Jeffrey A. Kroessler For more than a decade the Queens Borough Public Library has boasted the highest circulation of any library system in the country, and in all likelihood the world. This is quite an achievement considering that the institution serves the most diverse population on the planet. Since its […]

Historic House in Yonkers Demolished while preservation legislation is considered

From Chuch Lesnick, Yonkers City Council President Real Estate Meeting On Historical Building Demolition Real Estate Committee Chair, Dennis Robertson, and I (Real Estate Co-Chair) have scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 7:30 PM in the Council Chambers, City Hall, Fourth Floor. We will be discussing a local law that was […]

Save the Augustus Hicks Lawrence House (aka the Pussycat Lounge)

Fussy Pussycat to Hungry Hotelier: Hands Off Old New York! Me-OW!Robert Kremer vows ‘whatever it takes’ to keep hotel man Sam Chang from scrubbing Greenwich Street clean—far-fetched or fearless?by Chris Shott Published: July 31, 2007This article was published in the August 6, 2007, edition of The New York Observer. “This is the only little piece […]

The New York Times is first on the Scene for Reporting illegal DUMBO demolition

July 27, 2007, 10:16 amA Wall Is Torn Down in Dumbo, Prompting City to Halt WorkBy David W. DunlapNever mind the Bugaboo baby strollers and Danish modern furniture. Dumbo can still have the edge of a tough industrial precinct on the Brooklyn waterfront. And that means not everything is done by the book.So City Room […]

Coney Island Historic Sites to be demolished?

Coney Island history may get razed By Ryan Chatelain, amNewYork Associate July 25, 2007 For photos:,0,855531.photogallery?coll=am-local-headlines Coney Island’s oldest standing structure and the building where Harpo Marx made his stage debut in 1908 are among the historic sites endangered by a controversial makeover planned for the storied peninsula. The Grasshorn building, built in […]

Preservationist Sought for Questioning for Giving Public Testimony

We are appalled at this attack on a citizen preservationist for merely reading previously submitted testimony from a public official into the public record. We were there at the hearing and Ms. Parkhouse, who is a longtime preservation volunteer and member of the Boards of HDC, was clear in her statement, which was recorded as […]

SHPO Never Consulted About Duffield Street!

Historic Duffield Street Homes:State Historic Preservation Office Not Contacted Regarding Eligibility to National Register of Historic Places Council Member James Calls for Halt to any Seizure of Property(Brooklyn, NY)- May 23, 2007, Council Member James has learned today that the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) had never made a determination on the eligibility […]

Imminent Eminent Domain Hearing

This one’s for all the marbles. CITY OF NEW YORKDEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that in accordance with Sections 201-204 (inclusive) of the New York State Eminent Domain Procedure Law (the “EDPL”), a Public Hearing will be held by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development on behalf […]

Eulogy for the Purchase Building

From the New York Times May 20, 2007Streetscapes Old Fulton Street, BrooklynFrom Ghost Town to Park GatewayBy CHRISTOPHER GRAY At the foot of the street, a boisterously ornate ferry terminal went up in 1865, but the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 drew away much of the traffic. Merchants gradually left, and in 1891 […]