Difference between Manhattan and Queens landmarking struggles:
In Manhattan, a shrewd councilperson successfully convinces the mayor to block residential development, and have his LPC commissioners designate a building in order to save what is considered a culturally significant structure. The elected officials on city, state and national levels unite in opposition to the developer. The NY Times covers the drama for months:
In East Village, No End Is Seen in War Over a Building
In Queens, the councilpersons sell out to the real estate industry, the mayor couldn't care less about the wishes of people who live in the borough (it's more important to pack more of them in), after having a good chuckle, LPC immediately tosses designation applications in their circular file and the local papers write about how great all the new development will be. Elected officials on all levels say there is "nothing they can do." The NY Times doesn't give a damn, either.