Has it really been two years?

Has it really been two years since the 40th Anniversary of the Landmarks Law? It simultaneously feels like yesterday and twenty years ago. In any event, on the occassion of that anniversary, Gotham Gazette did an interesting series of articles on “Preservation and Progress” that really capture some of the issues of the day ~ […]

City Set to Seize Abolitionst Homes, then commemorate them

City Seeks Developer for Downtown Park, GarageEminent Domain Ruling on Alleged Underground Railroad Homes to Follow by Sarah Ryley (sarah@brooklyneagle.net)Brooklyn Daily Eaglepublished online 08-16-2007 DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The city officially began seeking a developer for the “Willoughby Square” park and underground garage on Monday, the same day Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a $2 million project […]

Commemoration or Preservation on Duffield Street

From the Downtown Brooklyn Star Preserving Brooklyn’s AbolitionistsBy Shane MillerDateline : Thursday, August 16, 2007 The city has agreed to undertake a project to commemorate the role Brooklyn played in the abolitionist movement, but it likely won’t silence the loudest critics of the city’s refusal to spare homes on Duffield and Gold streets that many […]

St. Saviour's: Trees Gone but Activists Still Have Hope

From the Queens Times Ledger 08/02/2007Rest of St. Saviour’s trees axed By Nathan Duke Maspeth community activists were dealt a blow last week after workers cut down the remainder of the 185 trees that are believed to have stood on the site of historic St. Saviour’s Church for more than 100 years.Back in mid-July the […]

Resident Rally Around St. Saviour's

From the Queens Tribune St. Saviour Update: Residents Decry Site’s DestructionBy MICHAEL CUSENZA Sometimes, all it takes is the innocent actions of a child to understand what really is at stake in local preservation wars. During Saturday’s emergency press conference/rally at St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth, held in response to last week’s tree-cutting, a little […]

Report from Saint Savior's – complete with confronting tree-killers and heart-rending pictures of a denuded landscape

Over 40 people showed up to an emergency press conference held at Saint Saviour’s Church in Maspeth to protest the destruction of dozens of mature and stately trees. Queens Crap has it all in living color – http://queenscrap.blogspot.com/2007/07/residents-protest-rape-of-st-saviours.html, including a video of one of the tree-killers being confronted by protestors, followed by the police coming […]

Arborcide at St. Saviour's

Large, mature trees more than a hundred years old are being cut down at Saint Saviour’s.See http://queenscrap.blogspot.com/2007/07/parkside-pinky-urge-violation-of.html for horrifying photos of this massacre.The whole situation has gone over-the-top. The local Council member, Dennis Gallagher, who is currently being investigated by the police on charges of sexual assault, allegedly gave the developer permission to cut down […]

Looking to Save Something of the Green Church

Memories of the Green Church – Activists record recollections 07/08/2007By Helen Klein Even as the struggle continues to preserve Bay Ridge’s beloved Green Church, a group of committed activists is reaching out into the community asking area residents for memories of the building, which many consider to be one of the premier landmarks of the […]

Following up on Sunday's Rally for St. Saviour's

Endangered church looks for new lifeBy Kate PastorSpecial to amNewYork July 3, 2007The endangered St. Saviour’s Church in Queens is not only a bridge to the mid-19th century, but the land around it also could catapult Maspeth toward New York’s greener future, advocates of saving the building and its grounds say. Some community members want […]