The New York Post Decries “Preservation Fools”

Posted on: February 20th, 2013 at 4:11 pm by

[The Real Deal: 347 Madison]

[The Real Deal: 347 Madison]

The New York Joke Post published the following yesterday:

In their frenzy to derail the decades-overdue rezoning of the Grand Central district, three esteemed preservationist groups are making utter fools of themselves. Altogether, The Municipal Art Society, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Historic Districts Council are asking the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to prohibit four dozen East Midtown buildings from ever being demolished or altered.

Do you folks know what this city would look like without preservation?

[The Hotel Benjamin]

[The Hotel Benjamin]

Here are some examples and believe me there are many, many more:

No more Grand Central.

No more Central Park.

No more St. Patrick’s Cathedral (junior and senior, as it were).

No more Lower East Side tenements and rowhouses (and we are having a TON of trouble there).

No more West Village carriage houses.

No more Flatiron Building.

No more Upper West Side townhouses or Upper East Side pre-wars.

Sure, the land would be there, but the buildings that are quintessentially New York – the ones that you live in, once lived in, will live in, work in, commute from, walk past etc. – structures that have been iconically standing, some for decades, some for centuries, would be gone.

The Chrysler Building.

The Empire State Building.

Trinity Church.

Oh and kiss the Brooklyn Bridge goodbye!

Alas, they are still here and why?

BECAUSE OF PRESERVATION!

So I say to you,  New York Post, specifically Steve Cuozzo- we may be “preservationist fools” in your eyes, but we’re not going to stop.

I am in love with New York and so are all of the other people who fight to preserve it.

Calling us fools may be right after all, for we are fools in love with the greatest city in the world.

You, sir, have laughably given us a push to keep going, and that we will.

A choice insult from Cuozzo:

Among the HDC’s more bizarre picks: the Hotel Benjamin at 135 E. 50th St., a 1920s brick box (UM! HELLO! THAT IS CALLED ART DECO!) resembling hundreds of other antiquated structures. And the gloomy brick hulk of 347 Madison Ave. found a champion (only) in the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

If you take a look above, there are pictures of those buildings he named. Now take a look below. Which do you prefer?

I wonder where he lives? Most likely a box of glass. And if not, well gosh, Mr. Cuozzo, you might have to move!

Out of New York.

Comment away Boogie-ers. Just think The Blue when you envision the skyline Cuozzo wants for our precious and tremendous New York.

high on blue

End rant.

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  • Joey

    Did some try to level the Brooklyn Bridge and put up condos???? Oh noes.