Preservation Issues

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:

Midtown East Update


-Minnie E. Young Residence – 19 E. 54th Street Hiss & Weekes, 1899-1900

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Midtown East Update


-1925 Postum Building at 250 Park

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Individual Landmark Designation Considered for Midtown East Buildings


125 Park Avenue , 1923, York and Sawyer

Five Midtown East buildings were heard for designation as individual landmarks at a public hearing July 19 at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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Preservation Debate at NY Times Conference


-From left: Ed Glaeser and Donovan Rypkema

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Commission Designates Backlog Sites in Staten Island and Manhattan


-George William and Anna Curtis House, 234 Bard Avenue, Staten Island

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Conservancy Supports Ford Foundation Accessibility


-The Ford Foundation building, Interior

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Council Votes on ZQA and MIH Zoning Proposals After Major Changes to Both


Sterling Place, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn - An overlay area with contextual zoning and historic district designation.

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Landmarks Commission Drops 60 Buildings from Backlog List


-IRT Powerhouse , 850 12th Avenue, designed by Stanford White

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Moynihan Train Hall Construction Begins Next Year


-Rendering of Moynihan Station Train Hall Photo credit: NYS Governor's Office

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Landmarks Commission Designates Bedford Historic District


-159 to 165 Hancock Street (John G. Prague, c. 1887) photo: Christopher D. Brazee

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LPC Weighs Modifications at Marble Collegiate Church and Gilsey House


-Proposed Tower at 1 West 29th Street & 1200 Broadway – Marble Collegiate Church & Gilsey House

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Elected Officials Challenge HHC at South Street Seaport


A rendering of Howard Hughes Corporation’s 494-foot-tall tower at the South Street Seaport (Credit: SHoP)

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Picasso Curtain Moves into New Home at Historical Society


Conservancy President Peg Breen at the New-York Historical Society Picasso Curtain Opening

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Exporting Preservation: New York City to Tbilisi, Georgia


Lena Kiladze, Peg Breen, Tara Kelly, and Mary Kay Judy

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The Destruction of Landmark P.S. 31


-Bronx P.S. 31 - photo by Ed García Conde, welcome2thebronx.com

A TALE OF TWO SCHOOLSONE SET FOR DEMOLITION

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Crown Heights North Gets a Third Historic District


-Proposed District, Crown Heights North III

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Conservancy Partners With High School Program


-Students at Bronx International High School's Preservation Technology Program

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Update on Rezoning Near Grand Central Terminal


-Rendering of One Vanderbilt and Grand Central Terminal, looking north from 42nd Street up Vanderbilt Avenue. Image courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Fifty Years of Landmarks


-Landmarks Law signed by Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. on April 19, 1965

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Conservancy Opposes Dome on Tammany Hall and Alterations to East 72nd Street Townhouse


Tammany Hall 44 Union Square East - renovation proposal, BKSK Architects

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Conservancy Thanks Tierney for his Dedicated Public Service


Former Landmarks Commission Chair, Robert Tierney and Conservancy President, Peg Breen

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LPC Rejects City and Suburban Hardship Claim


- City and Suburban Homes 2006

January 24, 2012

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Defending Landmarking in Lively Debate


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

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Supertowers Draw Hundreds for Debate Over Height and Landmarking


Supertowers along 57th Street Near Central Park

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.

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New Landmarks Subcommittee Takes the Stage


New City Council Land Use Subcommittee Chair, Queens Councilmember Peter Koo

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.

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What Does the Future Hold for New York State Pavilion


New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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.



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Shahn Murals in Bronx Post Office to be Saved


"America at Work" Murals - Bronx Post Office

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.

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The End of PS31, A Municipal Disgrace


-PS 31

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.

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Local Girl Scouts Are Back to Help Save Pacific Branch Library


The Landmarks Conservancy has been working with the community, elected officials and the Girl Scouts to landmark and save Brooklyn’s Pacific Street Library.

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Testimony on Recent Landmark Alterations and New Construction


Proposed tower on 57th Street adjacent to Steinway Hall

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Conservancy Testifies in Support of Windermere Restoration


The Conservancy testified at a Landmarks Commission hearing on November 12, a milestone in the history of a remarkable West Side building.

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Conservancy To Do List for Landmarks Commission


Simulation of Midtown East upzoning from Environmental Simulation Center, LTD

Here’s our ‘to do’ list for the LPC before the year ends.

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Sandy Assistance Update


Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

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.

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Council Countdown on Midtown East


Midtown East Press Conference

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Community Boards Vote “No” on Midtown East Upzoning


Simulation of Midtown East upzoning from Environmental Simulation Center, LTD

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Conservancy Continues Help, Six New Emergency Grants Given


Woodlawn Cemetery

Citywide – Storm Relief Efforts

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Assistance to Historic Properties Damaged by Sandy


South Street Seaport

We welcome additional inquiries, let us know if you need assistance.

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Tobacco Warehouse Update


Tobacco Warehouse - Brooklyn

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Two New Historic Districts


Park Place Historic District, Brooklyn

West End Extension I and Park Place, Brooklyn

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New Coalition Questions Landmarks Law And Process


West End Avenue Historic District Extension I

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Important Update: Brooklyn Bridge Park Settlement


Tobacco Warehouse

Settlement ratifies Federal and State Court victories re Brooklyn Bridge Park
-City to follow all relevant laws

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City Council Holds Marathon Hearing on Landmarks Issues


Mayor Wagner signs Landmarks Law, 1965

May 2, 2012 – Two City Council Committees held a joint hearing on 11 proposed Landmarks Bills.

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Bedford Historic District, Brooklyn


Bedford Historic District, Brooklyn -LPC Report

Strong Interest for New Historic District

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Restoration of the Met’s Fifth Avenue Plaza


A rendering of the proposal.

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.

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Governors Island Alliance Charts Independence


The mission is to build a constituency for the Island, promote appropriate new development, and the preservation and reuse of the historic buildings.

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Second Court Decision Finds City and State Violated the Law Regarding the Tobacco Warehouse


Tobacco Warehouse, Brooklyn

State Court Declares Illegal Transfer Of Historic Structure a “Nullity,” Saying State And City Officials Violated Public Trust

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Reflections: Ten Years After 9/11


Survivor's Staircase

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.

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Conservancy Helps Roosevelt Island Landmarks Get Needed Repairs


Blackwell House rendering with ramp and plants.

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Conservancy Staff Examines 18th Century Ship at Ground Zero


Conservancy President Peg Breen and archaeologist Michael Pappalardo from consulting firm AKRF, Inc. examine the uncovered 18th century ship at Ground Zero.

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LPC Designates Another Federal From Conservancy List


Conservancy's “Federal Era Row House of Lower Manhattan” Report Cover

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Conservancy’s Technical Director in Midst of Fight to Save Historic Brownstones


329 & 331 MacDonough Street. Photo by NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

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Conservancy Guides Historic Brooklyn Synagogues Towards State, National Register Listing


Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, on Ocean Parkway between Ditmas & Avenue F in Kensington, built in 1924-1926.

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