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HDC, VSNY and Coalition of Advocates Send Scenic Landmarks Policy Report to LPC

On December 1st, 2023 HDC and the Victorian Society New York presented a Policy Report to the Landmarks Preservation Commission outlining what we see as  shortcomings and gaps in the agency’s current Scenic Landmark Review process, and offering a host of policy proposals that we believe would improve the process.

The report, which was cosigned by nine other citywide preservation and civic groups, contains illustrative examples from recent proposals for Central Park, Prospect Park and Riverside Park, and focuses largely on the regulatory relationship between the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Public Design Commission and the Parks Department.

Historically LPC took a leading role in this dynamic, to the benefit of New York’s Scenic Landmarks. We maintain the agency now takes a diminished role, to the detriment of New York’s most beloved public spaces. We offer a number of proposals for how LPC can revive its formerly robust approach to the regulation of Scenic Landmarks.

Click below to our report! Interested civic groups can still sign on to this report as members of our coalition. Any organizations signing after December 1st, 2023 will be listed on our website. If you would like to join our coalition to help improve stewardship of Scenic Landmarks, please reach out to our Preservation Advocacy and Community Outreach Manager, Lucie Levine, at [email protected]. 


Signatories as of December 13, 2023:

Art Deco Society of New York
Boerum Hill Association
Brooklyn Heights Association
DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
Historic Landmarks Preservation Center
Landmark West
Riegelmann Boardwalk Working Group
Save Harlem Now