It is a story that has been writ repeatedly on the landscape of New York: neighborhood transforms from working class haven to bohemian haunt to the place where every developer in the city wants to build a luxury condo with a bank of boutiques on the bottom floor.
And yet, there are few places that have been assaulted as mercilessly as Greenwich Village, Soho and the enclave nestled between their two historic districts—and thus highly attractive to developers— known as South Village. It is an area flush with building permits, preservation battles—activists have spent the last few months fighting to stop the historic townhouse at 186 Spring Street from being torn down to make way for a condo project—and a languishing landmarks proposal.
As The Observer reported on Wednesday, a coalition of development and labor groups have launched the Responsible Landmarks Coalition to challenge what they see as mission creep on the part of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and the preservationists that surround it. The argument is that the preservationists are overwhelming the city with their protections and stiffing development, and thus the city’s economy. (F.I.R.E., baby, F.I.R.E.!)
But in Clinton Hill, they are feeling none of the love, as the commission has rejected a community-led effort to have Lefferts Place, just south of Atlantic Avenue, considered for historic district designation, according to The Times-affiliated Local Fort Greene/Clinton Hill blog.
Looks like the Soho Historic District is expanding.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission put the Soho historic district on its agenda for Tuesday, a sign that the agency is ready to expand the boundaries of the cast-iron historic district, extending building and development restrictions a bit to the east and west of the Read More
Mad as Hell
Following a series of articles and columns critical of over-landmarking, as well as pushback in an attempt to landmark a Presbyterian church on the Upper West Side, preservationists apparently aren’t happy to be slapped around.
Per an advisory to supporters just sent out by Historic Districts Council executive director Simeon Bankoff, preservation groups are Read More
Welcome, Manhattan Avenue Historic District! The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to create the district, which includes 40 buildings between 104th and 106th streets. The row houses, built between 1886 and 1889, combine Gothic, Queen Anne and Romanesque features. Oh my!
Full release below.
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