The LPC finally designated the former Sohmer Piano Factory in Astoria:
Landmark status for Sohmer factory
L.I.C’s Sohmer Piano Factory Landmarked
...Community Board 1, which represents Astoria and Long Island City, originally voted not to landmark the property, said District Manager George Delis.
“There was nothing unique about it and we thought it would prevent development at that location,” he said.
Calls for landmarking have been going back to at least 1984:
Streetscapes: The Sohmer Piano Factory; Discordant Notes On Landmarking
Along with the opposition to such efforts:
Community Board 1 opposes designation and wants the site redeveloped -- a 23-story waterfront condominium, Shore Towers, has just been finished seven blocks north.
(Lord, is Shore Towers hideous. One of those "Was the architect smoking crack?" designs. Although a better question might be: "How long has community board 1 been smoking crack?")
Official designation announcement: Sohmer Piano Factory
Photo from Time Out NY.