Action Alert: Landmark Gowanus before Rezoning

In September 2016, the City of New York announced that the Gowanus neighborhood would be rezoned. Under the de Blasio administration, neighborhoods throughout the city have been rezoned to encourage higher-density, residential development. To help incorporate the historic buildings of the community into this plan, the Gowanus Landmarking Coalition was formed. Composed of representatives from […]

Landmark the Lefkowitz: RFE for 80 Centre Street

UPDATE: It was reported on November 28, 2018 that the Lekowitz building would not be demolished! The Mayor’s office released a statement saying the new plan was to expand the existing jail, the Manhattan Detention Complex, also known as The Tombs at 125 White St. Mayor de Blasio unveiled a plan in summer 2018 to dissolve […]

Landmark the Elmhurst African Burial Ground

The Elmhurst History and Cemeteries Preservation Society, one of HDC’s 2018 Six to Celebrate groups, has submitted a Request for Evaluation to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark the African Burial Ground in Elmhurst, Queens. This all volunteer group is working hard to raise awareness of the neighborhood’s cultural history–especially this site–which has been in limbo of impending development. It has miraculously remained untouched for nearly three centuries, but now it needs the help of greater community to ensure its survival.

HDC’s Comprehensive Analysis of LPC Rules

Please continue reading for our testimony regarding the latest LPC Rules change under consideration. The Historic Districts Council (HDC) reviews every public proposal affecting New York City’s landmarks and historic districts and provides testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) whenever it is needed. Please continue reading for our testimony regarding the latest Rules change […]

LPC Should Evaluate 270 Park Avenue as a Landmark

February 21, 2018   Hon. Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission The Municipal Building, One Centre Street New York, NY 10007 Dear Commissioner Srinivasan, The Historic Districts Council noted the recent news of the demolition of the former Union Carbide Building at 270 Park Avenue with great alarm.  The building was designed by Gordon […]

Help Us Save This Historic Building in Madison Square North

Open Letter to the Community For nearly ten years, the Historic Districts Council has been helping community residents in the Madison Square North neighborhood to gain landmark protections for their architecturally and culturally significant neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan. These preservation efforts, which included numerous reports and submissions, have gained support from elected officials, preservation organizations, […]

Success For Loew’s 157 Theater!

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez has officially endorsed the designation of the United Palace Theater! Update: Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez has officially endorsed the designation of the Loew’s 175th aka United Palace Theater! At a press conference at the United Palace Theater, CM Rodriguez announced that he was in support of the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation. He said […]

The Waldorf-Astoria Interiors Have Been Designated!

The Waldorf-Astoria has been calendared by the Landmarks Preservation Commission! Thank You!   View the self-guided tour  Update! DESIGNATED! Tuesday, March 7, 2017 The Waldorf-Astoria had a Public Hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission on January 27, 2017. View our testimony The Waldorf-Astoria has been officially calendared by the Landmarks Preservation Commission!   301 Park Avenue – Waldorf-Astoria Hotel […]