Landmarks Preservation Commission

Rallying Against Demolition of Century-Old School Building at 70 Mulberry Street

Last modified June 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm

Saturday afternoon, dozens of preservationists gathered outside 70 Mulberry Street to protest the demolition of a Chinatown relic. The former public school building that has served as a beacon of neighborhood nonprofits for decades. More than one hundred people congregated outside the fire-stricken structure. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams also showed his support for the […]

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LPC to Rescind Landmark Status of Demolished Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site

Last modified June 11, 2020 at 9:43 am

Hollowed out by fire exactly three years ago, the Norfolk Street lot that hosted Beth Hamedrash Hagadol for over a century is closer to being de-landmarked. Another step toward massive re-development. The Landmarks Preservation Commission reportedly voted last month to calendar a rescission vote for 60 Norfolk Street. Meaning, tearing down the protective designation that […]

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Demolition Approved for Surviving Tower of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Deemed Unsafe

Posted June 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

There is nothing left to save of the burned-out Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street. The city determined this week that the remaining structure, further destabilized by sitting exposed for two years after the fire, is not fit for restoration. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to demolish the surviving south tower, which city officials […]

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Rumor: Levain Bakery Headed to Bleecker Street for First Downtown Spot

Posted March 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

When the remodeled and restored 59 Bleecker Street returns, word on the street is it’ll offer a pair of upscale retail tenants. Namely, Levain Bakery. Founded on the Upper West Side twenty-five years ago by competitive swimmer friends Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, Levain is a cafe famous for its six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. […]

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Restoration of Landmarked Ridley’s Building on Grand Street is (Partially) Complete

Posted January 29, 2019 at 5:05 am

Earlier this month, the iron cage of scaffolding came down from the city-landmarked Ridley & Sons department store building on Grand Street. The exposure reveals the completed rehab project that had been underway since August 2017. New masonry, new windows, new residents for the city-certified landmark. As reported, the owner of 315 Grand Street (aka […]

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Checking in on the Retail Restoration Project at 59 Bleecker Street

Posted December 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

In the year since the dual departure of City Hats and Shapiro’s Hardware from Bleecker Street, the old NoHo corner spot has been under the knife. Shrouded in construction materials, the multimillion-dollar project to restore the century-old structure is now full throttle. Contractors headlong into gutting and chiseling, as evidenced by a recent walkby. The […]

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LPC Approves Additional Demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Posted October 3, 2018 at 5:08 am

The Landmarks Preservations Commission yesterday approved additional demolition of the fire-scorched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. The city agency had previously okayed the prior demolition, but the development team – which includes the Chinese-American Planning Council and Dattner Architects – returned this week claiming more portions of the surviving structure were unsafe and […]

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Mayor Appoints ‘Preservationist’ LPC Chair

Posted October 2, 2018 at 5:04 am

It took more than five months, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission has a new leader. Last Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio appointed, and City Council confirmed, Sarah Carroll as the new Chair, replacing predecessor Meenakshi Srinivasan. Local preservationists appear cautiously optimistic with the twenty-four-year LPC vet, as she’s apparently the first LPC head in decades with […]

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Developers Looking to Destroy More of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Posted October 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

Talk about beating a dead horse. The half-demolished, destabilized structure formerly known as Beth Hamedrash Hagadol might soon lose more of its carcass. As presented to Community Board 3 in January of this year, the plan is to incorporate the charred synagogue remains into a larger, two-towered development in conjunction with developer Gotham Organization and […]

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City Council Unanimously Blocks Hotel Adjacent to Merchant’s House Museum

Posted September 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

Breathe a sigh of relief. Preservationists this week scored a major victory against a hotel developer whose plans would likely damage the two-century-old Merchants House Museum on East 4th Street. The full New York City Council voted unanimously late Wednesday to reject proposed plans to construct an eight-story hotel immediately adjacent to the landmark. As previously […]

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