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

300lafayette-1
300 Lafayette Bills itself as ‘Cutting Edge’ with New Ad Banners

Alive for many months, the project site at 300 Lafayette Street is finally ready to go big on the hype. Banners pimping the new seven-story commercial building were affixed to the sidewalk bridge earlier this month, promising “cutting edge.” Hard to believe it’s already been a year since the BP gas station at the corner of […]

da-falafel-guys-rivington
‘Da Falafel Guys’ Coming to Rivington Street, Forged from the Remains of the Falafel Shop

The retail reanimation of 127 Rivington Street includes a bizarro version of its former self. Seven months later, no longer known as the Falafel Shop, the tiny store is now home to something called Da Falafel Guys. The signage and offering are nearly identical to the predecessor, but it’s under different ownership. Da Falafel Guys […]

trump-dick-face-orchard_wm
Dick-Faced Trump Paster Appears at Hanksy’s ‘Dump Trump’ Wall on Orchard Street

It was a beacon of anti-Trumpism for more than a year. Until this past January when Hanksy’s Dump Trump Mural was whitewashed. The narrative at the time suggested that the building owners received a letter from the city last summer to clean up this shit or face fines. But the real reason was that they […]

thelma-clinton-gate
Thelma on Clinton is reborn as ‘Lil Gem’ Lebanese Restaurant

Chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell delivered on her promise to return to the Lower East Side with a new concept. Indeed, more than a month after shuttering the three-year-old Thelma on Clinton, the space at 29 Clinton Street has been transformed into a Lebanese restaurant called Lil’ Gem. Evoking her Lebanese heritage again – Thelma was named […]

138bowery-update-1_wm
New Condo-Hotel on the Bowery Ascends Halfway to 8 Stories

Now that the centuries-old Federal-style houses are a footnote in the pages of local history, the next chapter is foisted upon us. It’s been a few months since our last progress report on the status of the historically significant 138-142 Bowery development site. In that time, activity has been swift. The forthcoming condo-hotel has already […]

  • Joey

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