Landmarks Preservation Commission

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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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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