The Pepsi-Cola sign on the Long Island City waterfront was one of nearly 100 sites whose future was in jeopardy. Now, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is rethinking its plan.
Preservationists are applauding the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to back off plans to take nearly 100 sites off the city’s list for landmarking, but realize there are no guarantees in the future.
LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan indicated last week that a vote would be taken Tuesday to remove 94 buildings and two historic districts from the list for landmarking without a hearing.
(An open letter to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission)
On behalf of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, we would like to extend our gratitude in response to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s cancellation of the proposed administrative hearing on Dec. 9, 2014, which would have likely resulted in the decalendaring of nearly 100 landmark-worthy individual properties and two landmark-worthy districts.
We feel that if the LPC was to engage in a massive decalendaring, it would set a risky precedent, where those properties may undergo demolition as-of-right, and the public would speculate that future calendared properties may be decalendared and also demolished. Residents, community groups, elected officials and preservationists at-large work tirelessly to research, propose and advocate for new landmarks, which have largely resulted in those properties to have been calendared.
The public is routinely presented with the opportunity to testify on hearing items, but a “commissioner only” vote on decalendaring would have appeared as if the public has no voice in the landmarking process, or as if we inhabited the days of protests before the classic Pennsylvania Station’s demolition.
Our landmarks and potential landmarks are a unique contribution to our city’s architectural and cultural history, diversity and aesthetics, and are cornerstones in the eyes of residents. As per the Landmarks Law, which enables the public to provide testimony for properties, the public needs to have a say in the future of the nearly 100 individual properties and the two districts.
Reviewing the listing of the proposed decalendaring items, our boroughs would lose their identity and distinctive qualities of a livable community. Some cases in point are the Ahles House and the Douglaston Historic District Extension in Queens, the IRT Powerhouse and Loew’s 175th Street Theater in Manhattan, the 5466 Arthur Kill Road House and Garner Mansion in Staten Island, the 65 Schofield Street House and the Samuel Babcock House in the Bronx and St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church and St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church and Rectory in Brooklyn.
We strongly encourage the LPC to schedule public hearings for all of the calendared items, beginning where there is most pressure to alter, sell or redevelop the site, or where development patterns in the community could compromise the site’s integrity or longevity. May the LPC and New Yorkers work as a team, to emphasize how a governmental body and its constituency can operate cohesively for our city’s improvement. Thank you for your consideration.
Ridgewood’s future is bright, going by the number of middle-class 20-somethings moving in and the amount of New York Times articles declaring it “Quooklyn” or “Ridgewick” as if it were part of Brookyln.
On Tuesday, however, it was Ridgewood’s past that was celebrated.
Following a public outcry from historical conservationists, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has shelved its plan to drop roughly 100 locations, including eight in Queens, from its running list of those that may be protected.
The Ahles house, built in 1873 in Bayside, has been ready for landmarking since 2009. The Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote Tuesday to eliminate it and other sites.
The Hawthorne Court apartment complex in Bayside has been approved for landmarking by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.
This map shows the eight sites in Queens that were on the docket for protection by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, including the Bowne Street Community Church in Flushing and the Ahles house in Bayside. The LPC plans to wipe out the list on Tuesday.
Preservationists are worried that the city’s plan to eliminate nearly 100 historic buildings and districts — including eight in Queens — from the landmarking process will be a major setback for saving many of the locations.
Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan indicated last week that the commission will vote on the proposal next Tuesday. There will be no hearing.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved the Hawthorne Court apartment complex in Bayside for landmarking.
Calling it “a charming and ornate complex,” LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan said Hawthorne Court provides “a critical narrative of Bayside’s transformation to a commuter suburb after the completion of the railroad tunnel to Manhattan in 1910.”
Long Island City residents are proposing the clock tower in Dutch Kills, located atop the old Bank of Manhattan building at 29-27 Queens Plaza North, be landmarked.
Michael Hall, who spoke before Community Board 1 last week, and his friends have banded together to save the historic building from demolition.
Harvest the power of the sun.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the city will be funding the installation of solar panels on two dozen city schools, as part of the administration’s “One City, Built to Last,” green buildings plan.
Last year at this time, the quest for the landmarking of our Daniel Muller-carved carousel was attained.
The Forest Park Carousel is truly “the Jewel of Forest Park.” In the years that followed of closing and disrepair in the 1980s, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation continued to gain support for landmarking through many years. In this way, our “jewel” would never be closed or neglected and funds could be accessed for its maintenance, security and care and with this protection our beloved carousel will be saved once and for all!
Like much of New York City, Sunnyside is hard to define.
There are many moving parts to the neighborhood that come together and create an altogether unique place to live.
Work has begun on the RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing to shore up and protect the landmarked areas of the former movie palace.
Jerry Karlik, who heads JK Equities, the developer who bought the site last December, told the Chronicle on Monday that he had been cleared by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Department of Buildings to obtain a permit for “soft demolition.”
(An open letter to VFW-American Legion veterans)
In 1942 a movie house designed by Thomas Lamb, America’s foremost theater architect, was constructed on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. At the same time, in the Pacific Ocean, a historic naval battled called the Battle of Midway (June 3-6) resulted in the first major defeat of Japanese naval forces. This American victory checked Japan’s advance across the Central Pacific, eliminated the threat to Hawaii and restored the balance of naval power in the Pacific.
The news of this heroic naval victory electrified the spirit of war-weary America. The owners of this new theater were so proud, they displayed their patriotism by naming their theater Midway.
It is now feared that the current owners (three real estate investors) will demolish the building for a possible high-rise structure. The Rego Forest Preservation Council and the Queens Preservation Council appealed to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to declare the Midway a New York City landmark. However, their appeal was denied.
This concerned writer is urging all veterans to write to the commission and urge their members to reconsider their decision. Letters should be sent to: Chairman Robert B. Tierney, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1 Centre St., (9th floor north), NY, NY 10007.
We should not lose the historical association and architectural significance of this treasure.
The city landmarked former Sohmer & Co. piano factory in Astoria is under consideration by the Department of the Interior for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
The submission was made earlier in the month by the state for the 128-year- old former factory at 31-01 Vernon Blvd., which has been converted to residential lofts.
The 38 neo-Tudor homes within the confines of Forest Hills known as Forest Close has been chosen by the Historic Districts Council as one of 2014’s “Six to Celebrate” locations in the city.
A yearly contest, the HDC selected Forest Close, located along 75th and 76th avenues between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street, along with five other city neighborhoods out of approximately two dozen nominations.
The residents of Sunnyside Gardens won a major battle over the Aluminaire House on Tuesday.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously rejected the proposal that would have moved the house into the historic neighborhood, against the wishes of many of the residents and elected officials.
A burial ground discovered during the construction of a new apartment complex in Elmhurst has entered its fourth year of causing frustration and uncertainty among city agencies and the building’s owner.
In 2011, graves containing human remains were unearthed during the excavation process for a 32-unit apartment complex at 90-05 through 90-19 Corona Ave. in Elmhurst.
The Forest Park Carousel, which was shuttered for three years until 2012, was given landmark status by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in June.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
The ongoing recovery from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy dominated life in South Queens for most of 2013 and was a factor in many other big stories, from the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line to the election battle between Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and his Democratic opponent Lew Simon.
But South Queens also dealt with a wide array of other issues in 2013, from crime at Forest Park to internal strife on Community Board 9.
The stepchild of movie theaters — the RKO Keith’s in downtown Flushing — has been sold again with the new owner promising to follow plans for rental units, retail space and a senior center.
The Northern Boulevard property is now in the hands of JK Equities, a New York developer, who paid $30 million. He bought it from Patrick Thompson, who paid $20 million when he purchased it in 2010.