A Brief Report From A Rather Long Hearing

It should come as no surprise that Wednesday’s Joint Meeting of the City Council Committees on Buildings and Land Use  lasted as long as it did, starting around 10:15am with the last speaker finishing sometime after 2:15pm.  Fully half of the City Council and the Public Advocate were in attendance during the hearing although unfortunately, […]

What the City Council Proposals Really Mean

The City Council held a public hearing on Wednesday, May 2 at 10am at 250 Broadway to contemplate 11 bills which, if passed, will greatly change the workings of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in some very damaging ways. The first batch of bills are ones which were previously proposed and have been sitting in committee […]

Proposed Bill to Alter the Landmark Designation Process (Economic Argument Bill)

Intro 846, the Economic Argument Bill, (text below)  fundamentally alters the way which the City judges properties to merit landmark protection by elevating a narrow definition of economic worth over the multiple benefits of landmark designation as set out in the Landmarks Law. The Landmarks Law (N.Y. ADC. LAW § 25-301) states that “as a […]

Proposed Bill to Change Replacement Materials in Landmark Buildings

Intro 845A, the Replacement Materials Bill (text below), would significantly change the way the Commission regulates designated properties and would undermine the basic benefit of LPC oversight in helping to gradually return areas to a more historically-appropriate condition.  One of the things that historic designation achieves is the improvement of the condition of the building […]

Proposed Bill to Create A Timeline on the Landmarks Designation Process

Int. No.   By Council Member Lander       A LOCAL LAW       ..Title   To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the landmarks preservation commission to create a timeline for the designation process.   ..Body           Be it enacted […]

Proposed Bill to Allow Appeals of Denied RFEs

Int. No.   By Council Member Lander ..Title   A LOCAL LAW To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the landmarks preservation commission to allow denied requests for evaluation to be nominated to the landmarks preservation commission entire body for a vote.   Be it enacted by […]

Proposed Bill for Landmarks to maintain an online database of RFEs

Int. No. 532-A By Council Member Garodnick   A LOCAL LAW   To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the landmarks preservation commission to maintain a publicly available database for requests for evaluation.     Be it enacted by the Council as follows:   Section 1.   Section […]

Proposed Bill for Timely Consideration of RFEs by Landmarks Commission

Int. No. 222-A   By Council Members Lappin, Lander, Brewer, Chin, Comrie, Mendez, Van Bramer and Williams   A LOCAL LAW   To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to timely consideration of requests for evaluation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.   Be it enacted by the Council as […]

Yonkers Passes Demo Delay Bill (why can't NYC?)

From Chuck Lesnick, Yonkers City Council President, chuck.lesnick@yonkersny.gov At my suggestion, the Landmarks Board last week implemented an executive order by Mayor Amicone that called for the Building Commissioner to notify the Landmarks Board whenever someone applies for a demolition permit in Yonkers on a property 75 years or older.The purpose of the Demolition Review […]