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 […]

Broadening Our Coalition: Testimonials from the Trades

Some assume that all unions oppose historic preservation. But nothing could be further from the truth. Historic preservation creates high-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. That’s just one of the many reasons that the Bricklayers Union chose to endorse our efforts in January of 2016. And it’s only the beginning. We‘ve spent the years reaching […]

Historic Districts Council Statement to NYC City Council on ZQA/MIH

The Historic Districts Council is the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods. We represent over 500 neighborhood-based groups dedicated to preserving the physical character of their communities. Many of our constituents have spent years working with property owners, Community Boards, City Planning and elected officials to enact appropriate zoning in order to better protect […]

Why City Council's Proposed Bill Intro 775 is Detrimental to Landmarks

Update: Mayor de Blasio singed Intro 775-A into law on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Click here for more information on Intro 775-A Below is a memo in opposition to Intro 775, the bill which aims to halt landmarks designations.  There will be a hearing on Wednesday, September 9th at  11am in the City Council Chambers at […]

Analysis of the Effects of Intro. 775 on Landmark Designation

As proposed, Intro. 775 mandates for the consideration of historic districts the Landmarks Preservation Commission has: • 12 months from a vote to calendar to hold a public hearing • 12 months from the public hearing to vote to designate or the district cannot be acted upon for five years. While the City Council’s own dataset […]

Analysis of the Effects of Intro. 775 on Landmark Designation

As proposed, Intro. 775 mandates for the consideration of historic districts the Landmarks Preservation Commission has: • 12 months from a vote to calendar to hold a public hearing • 12 months from the public hearing to vote to designate or the district cannot be acted upon for five years. While the City Council’s own dataset […]