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City Council Zoning Committee Approves ‘Union Square Tech Hub’ Without Area Protections

Posted August 3, 2018 at 5:04 am

The controversial upzoning of a public site at 120 East 14th Street to accommodate the Union Square Tech Hub is one step closer to happening. If passed by the full City Council next week, a 23-story building dedicated to co-working space, tech training, and offices will rise atop the former P.C. Richard & Son. However, […]

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Meenakshi Srinivasan Resigns as LPC Chair Following Controversial Proposal

Last modified April 20, 2018 at 7:11 am

Meenakshi Srinivasan, chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, officially resigned yesterday after four years on the job. The Times-Ledger out of Queens broke the news, and the LPC has already confirmed her resignation. This sudden departure of the top landmarks official follows weeks of opposition to a proposal that would effectively remove public input from […]

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Preservationists Fuming Over LPC Plan to Cut Public from Landmarks Process

Posted March 26, 2018 at 5:15 am

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is in the process of altering some of its rules, and it’s striking a chord with worried preservation-minded folk. The amendments in question originate in Title 63 of the Rules of the City of New York. The biggest proposed issue involves removing the public from the process entirely – including at […]

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Will Tech Hub Save the East Village or Turn it Into Silicon Alley? [OP-ED]

Posted March 8, 2018 at 5:10 am

The following op-ed was written by Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. On February 28, Community Board 3 voted to include in their approval of a proposed Tech Hub on 14th Street the condition that (among many other things) the City move ahead with longstanding requests for rezoning of […]

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CB2 to Consider Support of 200-Year-Old Federal House on the Bowery

Posted December 18, 2017 at 5:16 am

Preservation efforts to save 206 Bowery again kicked into high gear earlier this month. Fear is rampant among these building advocates that the Landmark Preservation Commission – charged with saving the city’s beloved architecture – will let the Federal-style row house drop from its calendar at the end of this year. Led by the Greenwich […]

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Rare 200-Year-Old LES Federal Houses Are Endangered in Face of LPC Decalendaring

Posted December 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

Local preservationists are scrambling. Word dropped last week that the Landmarks Preservation Commission may likely decalendar a pair of rare two-hundred-year-old Federal-style row houses from its agenda by the end of the year. 206 Bowery and 22 East Broadway are back on the endangered list, despite the city’s initial position as significant structures warranting consideration. […]

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Help Restore the ‘Yiddish Walk of Fame’ on 2nd Avenue

Posted August 8, 2017 at 5:12 am

Local preservationists have their work cut out for them. Or walk. The Yiddish Walk of Fame, a notable piece of of Lower Manhattan’s cultural history, has fallen into a significant state of disrepair. The walkway, located on Second Avenue near East 10th, lays claim to the famed thespians within the Jewish community from the 1890s through […]

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It’s Time to Seriously Protest Moxy Hotel’s Demolition of an East Village Block

Posted October 19, 2016 at 9:43 am

Grab the pitchforks. Marriott hotels, vis-a-vis landowner Lightstone Group, began demolition of a half-block of East Village history earlier this month to construct a 300-room lodge. That’s Moxy. The hotel, that is, geared specifically toward millenials with disposable income. The doomed real estate in question is five “landmark-eligible” buildings comprising 112-120 East 11th Street (across from Webster Hall). […]

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Controversial ‘Anti-Landmarking Bill’ Gets Approval from City

Posted June 10, 2016 at 5:10 am

On Wednesday, the City Council voted to approve controversial legislation that some locals refer to as an “anti-landmarking bill.” As previously reported, “Intro. 775” establishes “do or die” deadlines for landmark designations. Meaning, if the Landmarks Preservation Commission doesn’t vote on proposed individual landmarks within one year (two years for districts), then the proposals are […]

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LPC ‘Backlog Initiative’ Fails to Landmark 2 Federal-Style Houses on the LES

Posted February 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

Yesterday was a big day for the Landmarks Preservation Commission. A day of hearings watched closely by both preservationists and big real estate. It was all part of the so-called “Backlog Initiative,” the ambitious plan devised to address the buildup of 95 properties previously awaiting judgement by the city (85% were calendared more than twenty […]

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