From our very first years, the Landmarks Conservancy has championed the cause of vacant, neglected, and threatened buildings. With the Conservancy’s help, the U.S. Customs House, a Beaux-Arts palace on Bowling Green, found new life as the home of the National Museum of the American Indian. In 1974, the Conservancy convinced the Department of Buildings to halt the demolition already in progress of 19th-century commercial buildings on the Fraunces Tavern block, and eventually purchased the five survivors and leased them to a private developer for conversion to residential and commercial use.
To safeguard the more than 21,000 buildings protected by the City’s Landmarks Law, the Conservancy works closely with property owners, community groups, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and other public agencies.
We also advocate for buildings not yet landmarked, from sacred sites to private buildings across the boroughs.
Recent issues include:
Five Midtown East buildings were heard for designation as individual landmarks at a public hearing July 19 at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Sterling Place, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn - An overlay area with contextual zoning and historic district designation.
A rendering of Howard Hughes Corporation’s 494-foot-tall tower at the South Street Seaport (Credit: SHoP)
A TALE OF TWO SCHOOLS – ONE SET FOR DEMOLITION
-Rendering of One Vanderbilt and Grand Central Terminal, looking north from 42nd Street up Vanderbilt Avenue. Image courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
January 24, 2012
Conservancy President Peg Breen, President of the Real Estate Board of New York Steven Spinola, Ronda Wist of the Municipal Arts Society and History Professor Kenneth Jackson
The rise of several new and proposed supertowers — skyscrapers reaching 1400 or 1500 feet up — clustered on 57th Street and sure to cast long shadows on Central Park has alarmed New Yorkers.
The new City Council Land Use Subcommittee met for the first time this past Tuesday and affirmed the designations of four new landmarks. Queens Councilmember Peter Koo now chairs the subcommittee.
The Landmarks Conservancy was very pleased to support the kickoff of “People for the Pavilion” at the Queens Theatre on January 25. An audience of 250+ learned about the past, present and possible future of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing where they formally considered the designation of the Bronx General Post Office’s lobby as an interior landmark.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission reluctantly agreed last week that a landmark Bronx school that was damaged, and ultimately abandoned, by the City can be demolished.
The Landmarks Conservancy has been working with the community, elected officials and the Girl Scouts to landmark and save Brooklyn’s Pacific Street Library.
The Conservancy testified at a Landmarks Commission hearing on November 12, a milestone in the history of a remarkable West Side building.
Here’s our ‘to do’ list for the LPC before the year ends.
A year after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy a great deal of work has been done to repair the storm’s damage, but a great deal more remains to be done.
Citywide – Storm Relief Efforts
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West End Extension I and Park Place, Brooklyn
Settlement ratifies Federal and State Court victories re Brooklyn Bridge Park
-City to follow all relevant laws
May 2, 2012 – Two City Council Committees held a joint hearing on 11 proposed Landmarks Bills.
Strong Interest for New Historic District
The Conservancy’s Public Policy Committee attended a briefing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 8 to see plans for restoration of the Met’s Fifth Avenue Plaza.
Brooklyn Borough Hall
January 17, 2012
The mission is to build a constituency for the Island, promote appropriate new development, and the preservation and reuse of the historic buildings.
State Court Declares Illegal Transfer Of Historic Structure a “Nullity,” Saying State And City Officials Violated Public Trust
9/11 will always bring memories of the thousands of lives lost in the attack, but it also reminded us of how important buildings are to this City. The Twin Towers were not official landmarks, but they were a visible anchor as we moved about New York and welcomed us on our return from trips. They truly marked the land.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy formed a special emergency fund with partner groups immediately after 9/11 to help restore landmark buildings damaged that day. We became consulting parties to recovery and rebuilding efforts at Ground Zero. And we documented historic buildings Lower Manhattan, as the City looked to redevelop in the area around Ground Zero.
Conservancy President Peg Breen and archaeologist Michael Pappalardo from consulting firm AKRF, Inc. examine the uncovered 18th century ship at Ground Zero.
Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, on Ocean Parkway between Ditmas & Avenue F in Kensington, built in 1924-1926.