Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement following today’s special meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, at which the Commission considered actions on 95 backlogged items for landmarking consideration:
“Today marks a real achievement: the Landmarks Preservation Commission is clearing its backlog through a transparent, public, accountable process.
“The IRT Powerhouse on the West Side and the Loews Theater in Washington Heights are just two of 30 gems across the city deserving protection that will have it because of the Commission’s action today.
“I thank the Commission for stepping back from its earlier plan to remove these items without any further public process, and instead collaborating with my office on the plan that culminated in today’s report. Working together, we’ve shown the landmarking process can be both efficient and transparent.
“I also want to thank the many neighborhood groups, landmarks advocates, and experts whose voices helped make this process possible, and whose participation helped it produce such a positive result.
“New York is one of our country’s oldest and most diverse cities, and we are blessed with a wealth of historic, cultural, and artistic treasures in our streetscape that are worth preserving for future generations. I will continue to work with the Landmarks Preservation Commission and my colleagues in the City Council to protect our neighborhoods’ architectural and historic heritage.” Read more…