Landmark West (which is hereby on notice that we’re not using the exclamation point that is a part of their name! the people have spoken!) is holding a “people’s hearing” this Thursday, starting at 1 p.m. at the General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen Library (20 West 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues).
The group has been taking the Landmarks Preservation Commission to task lately for the commission’s refusal to schedule public hearings about the future of 2 Columbus Circle, the imposing and odd, yet strangely beautiful, Edward Durell Stone-designed building that, frankly, is super-cool and should be left the fuck alone (ahem … back to journalistic impartiality).
Landmark West! is trying to preserve the building’s facade from being modernized, and the organization wants to you to show up and testify, whether you’re for or against the Museum of Arts and Design’s proposed renovations.
And Tom Wolfe (writer, white-suit advocate) is scheduled to give a
little speech about the L.P.C.’s lack of the right stuff (get it?).
Power to the people!
– Matthew Grace