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

From Chuck Lesnick, Yonkers City Council President, [email protected] 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 […]

From the Preservation Archive (project that is): Tales of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

From the Brooklyn Eagle http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=12&id=16944 Review & Comment:Preservation Agonies by Henrik Krogius ([email protected],published online 11-28-2007 In the spring of 1953 alarm swept Brooklyn Heights. The new Promenade, open to the public for a little over two years, was threatened with view-blocking new warehouses across Furman Street that would rise 20 feet higher than the Promenade’s […]

Governor Endorses Crackdown on Abusive Architects

Spitzer Signs Bill To Crack Down On Submission of Fraudulent Building Plans to the CityGovernor Spitzer has signed into law Assembly Bill #7746 – an important component of Assemblymember Jim Brennan’s legislative package to improve regulation of construction and development – giving the Department of Buildings Commissioner the authority to refuse to accept plans from […]

Help Get A Real Historic Preservation Tax Credit Passed

When the legislature re-convenes for Special Session later this summer – perhaps as early as July 16th – send an email and make your voice heard in the New York State Assembly in support of A.7935-A (Hoyt). This bill provides for an expanded rehabilitation tax credit program that includes increased incentives to support the rehabilitation […]

City Council Passes New Building Codes

This one slipped past us completely – what it means to renovations and older buildings is yet to be seen. Council OK – Rules to affect new city construction BY FRANK LOMBARDIDAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU Posted Thursday, June 28th 2007, 4:00 AM After four years of heavy lifting, the City Council finally voted yesterday […]

Section 106 Training Workshop in NYC!

THE SECTION 106 ESSENTIALS TRAININGNew York City Don’t miss the only ACHP course being offered in the Northeast for 2007!July 10-11, 2007Hilton New York, NYC This is the only Section 106 Essentials course taught by the Federal agency responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Act’s Section 106 review process. www.achp.gov/106 The Section 106 Essentials […]

Statewide Preservation League Pushes for Increased Preservation Incentives

From the Preservation League of New York State In 2006, New York State became the 28th state in the nation to enact a tax incentive to encourage the rehabilitation of historic commercial and residential properties. A report recently released by the Brookings Institution suggests that such preservation tax credits can play an important role in […]

LPC Budget Needs Your Help

From our esteemed colleagues at Landmark West! (whom we are very grateful for jumping on the ball with this alert so we can simply cut & paste) AT RISK: The Landmarks Preservation Commission and Historic Buildings and Neighborhoods Throughout NYC! Unless YOU act right now, the already miniscule budget of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) […]

Give LPC a Bigger Slice of the Pie!

By Shane Miller Brooklyn Downtown STAR Dateline : Thursday, May 17, 2007 It only amounts to a miniscule portion of this year’s $50 billion-plus city budget, but preservationists say $1 million would make a huge difference for the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). “We have a Landmarks Commission with a hard-working and dedicated staff that is […]