LPC Response to The New York Times' Series on Landmarks
From The New York Times
December 30, 2008
To the Editor:
Re “Improving the Landmarks Process” (editorial, Dec. 6); and the “Preserving the City” series (Nov. 26 and 29; Dec. 1 and 2):
Although your recent series and editorial about the Landmarks Preservation Commission acknowledge its successes, they do not mention most facets of its work designating thousands of buildings, issuing a record number of permits for changes to 25,000 existing landmarks, and enforcing the Landmarks Law.
During an intense period of growth in every borough, the commission is on target to achieve a record number of historic district designations in the next year. It also began a sweeping technology project in 2007 that will enable the public to track permits, the status of designation requests, violations and other data about the city’s landmarks on its Web site.
Your investigative series doesn’t mention the fact that the commission’s achievements stem from the partnerships it has built through open and regular communications with the City Council, other city agencies, community boards, advocacy groups and private property owners.
Robert B. Tierney
Chairman, Landmarks Preservation Commission
New York, Dec. 19, 2008