Landmarks Preservation Commission

The Hairy History of the Now-Demolished 282 Grand Street

Posted August 13, 2018 at 5:09 am

Back in March, Grand Street Chinatown lost three historic structures that date back some 200 years. What’s now a vacant lot will soon sprout a monument to luxury living. Here’s some history… Built sometime between the 1820s and the 1830s, the Federal-style row house at 282 Grand Street and its adjoining sisters were knee-buckling and […]

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With Redevelopment Stalled, Provident Loan Society Building Hits Market for $20M

Posted July 30, 2018 at 4:34 am

The bank is for sale. Despite the city’s approval of redevelopment last December, the Provident Loan Society building on East Houston Street is now on the chopping block. Longtime owners Elsa and Dunnie Lai, who purchased the centenary structure nearly thirty years ago, are now looking to sell. Price sought for the non-landmarked landmark is […]

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City Planning Commission to Consider Merchant’s House Adjacent Hotel Tomorrow

Posted July 10, 2018 at 5:02 am

The City Planning Commission will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss a potential zoning change that would help yield an eight-story boutique hotel beside the 1832-era Merchant’s House Museum. Community Board 2 outright denied the proposition at the end of May. Now, it’s the real show. (The Landmark Preservation Commission did previously approve the plans.) […]

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LPC Chair Officially Steps Down Today

Posted June 1, 2018 at 5:02 am

Meenakshi Srinivasan, chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, resigned back in April after four years on the job. Her official last day in office is today. Srinivasan gave up her seat following a controversial proposal to remove public input from decisions regarding approvals of work on landmark-designated property. Naturally, the real estate industry was firmly […]

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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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Six Years Later, City Planning to Consider 8-Story Hotel Beside Historic Merchant’s House

Posted April 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

Those plans for an eight-story (100 feet) hotel beside the historic Merchant’s House Museum on East Fourth Street are back in play six years later. Then, as now, local preservationists are concerned about the impact this major construction will invariably have on the structural integrity of the building. As previously reported, the development will rise […]

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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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City Approves 12-Story Provident Loan Bank Development on East Houston

Posted January 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

Any fading hope for a landmarked Provident Loan Society building on East Houston was dashed two weeks ago when the city approved plans for its redevelopment. Despite grassroots support to protect the century-old structure – and backing from Community Board 3 in December 2015 – no such designation ever transpired. Instead, its longtime owners, Elsa and […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is a Nub of its Former Self [PHOTOS]

Posted January 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

After weeks of demolition activity, the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue is merely a nub of its former self. Even before the fire, the house of worship, a crowned city landmark, was long in demise. Its steward, Rabbi Greenbaum, essentially let the place gradually rot since closure of the congregation back in 2007. The flames, […]

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CB2 Backs Landmarking of 200-Year-Old Federal House on the Bowery

Last modified December 22, 2017 at 12:27 pm

One of the oldest structures on the Bowery is a baby step closer to potential preservation. The Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 2 unanimously voted on Monday night to back the landmarking of 206 Bowery, an intact 200-year-old Federal-row house with unique history. Five speakers were in attendance to advocate for the cause, and the […]

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