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.

Recent Stories

beckenstein-ghost-signage
Tracing the Lower East Side Roots of Beckenstein’s [HISTORY]

Manhattan’s Lower East Side has been called many things, but never a fashion center. Yet it is fashion in the form of inexpensive fabrics that lures shoppers to this neighborhood better known for blintzes than ball gowns. -New York Times; June 5, 1961. Between the ghost advertising and left-for-dead store signage, its remnants continue to […]

essex-crossing-lot-3
There’s an Info Session Tonight to Learn More About Affordable Housing within Essex Crossing

With Essex Crossing demolition at full tilt, it was only a matter of time before the administrative powers involved with the project held an information session regarding the housing component. Indeed, this particular meeting pertains to affordable housing, and will attempt to explain housing qualification criteria and the application process. It will also shed light on former site tenants […]

Ideas-City-2015
The New Museum’s Biennial ‘Ideas City Festival’ Begins Tomorrow

The New Museum is once again bringing the biennial IDEAS CITY Festival back to the Bowery. This time the theme is “The Invisible City,” in which the festival will explore hot topics such as surveillance, citizenship, expression and suppression, and the basic, never-ending desire to be seen in the city. It’s a way of paying tribute to Italo Calvino’s […]

alski city-1
Uncapped: Beneath the Paint with Alski, King of Corona

  Welcome to Uncapped! This week we welcome Alski from Queens.  This interview is short and sweet ’cause Alski has a whole podcast series that you need to check out after reading this. Thank you for joining us, brother. Let’s get it in. BOWERY BOOGIE: Would you consider yourself Veteran or Rookie? Legend or legend in […]

clinton-baking-outside
New Clinton Street Baking Company Dining Room is Almost Ready

Thirteen years in one place, the Clinton Street Baking Company is poised to stretch its proverbial legs with the new corner annex at East Houston. But not just yet. Wintertime predictions pegged the debut as sometime in March, but gut renovation is taking much longer than anticipated, it seems. Just a few weeks ago, there […]

  • Joey

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