I was disappointed to learn of the LPC’s announcement of a massive, short-notice, arbitrary “decalendaring”—i.e., removal from landmarks consideration— of 96 sites or districts citywide, including 36 in Manhattan. My staff and I visited all 36 on Thanksgiving weekend, days after the LPC announcement, and there are at least eight that deserve further consideration, not elimination—including the magnificent Loew’s 175th Street Theater, the former IRT Powerhouse on West 58th Street and an 1855 farmhouse on East 85th Street.
I’ve written to LPC Chair Srinivasan asking that the LPC delay this action (announced with just two weeks’ notice!) and hold a public hearing on the sites they propose for decalendaring. The large backlog at the LPC is partly of their own making—but simply erasing scores of locations in one swoop is no way to solve the problem. I’m working on legislation that would introduce clarity and certainty to the landmarks process, and will keep you informed.
If you would like to object to LPC’s move, please take to Twitter and Facebook and demand a public hearing before any action is taken on December 9. Here are some things you can do:
- Share my posts with your friends and family to spread the word about LPC’s actions as quickly as possible. You can find my posts on Facebook, Twitter, and my letter to the LPC on Tumblr.
- Write a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NYCLandmark
- Take a screenshot of your letter and Tweet the photo to @NYClandmarks: https://twitter.com/nyclandmarks. Here’s one of my tweets as an example.
- Tweet to @NYClandmarks using one of the suggested tweets below, or write your own. Tell them you don’t want any more #lostlandmarks in NYC.
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