Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Daily News visits Kerouac home

Poring over books and maps in his mom's Ozone Park apartment, Jack Kerouac planned the most famous road trip in literary history - and embarked on it in 1947.

On the Road to Saving Two Kerouac Sites

But neither the walk-up where Kerouac plotted his cross-country exploits, nor a South Richmond Hill home where he worked on the classic novel "On the Road," are protected with city landmark status.

To aid a landmark push, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay told Queens News he would consider loaning the original 120-foot "On the Road" manuscript - a unique, continuous scroll that he purchased for $2.4 million in 2001 - for display at the borough sites.

It's unknown whether the city Landmarks Preservation Commission has Kerouac's homes on its recent survey of 12,495 Queens structures. The commission has repeatedly declined to provide the survey to Queens News, fearing its release would alert developers to the sites before they can be protected.


That's the dumbest excuse I've ever heard. Developers don't target properties because the city is looking to landmark them!

16 comments:

ken said...

Kerouac was a cool cat. Got to read that book of his one day and visit the home...before it gets torn down, as it likely will.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, they actually do. (target properties because of potential landmarking).

See Madison Sq. North, see a lot of properties in Staten Island or even the school in the East Village.

Anonymous said...

They target properties because they can make money off of them, not because the city wants to landmark them.

Anonymous said...

If its already owned by a developer, maybe. But the typical landmarkworthy site is not.

Anonymous said...

kerouac, ginsberg and crew trolling the streets of NYC spending late nights feverishly pounding away on a typewriter...who has replaced those vibrant souls here, for the present day?!

Anonymous said...

Notice how the "walk" sign in front of this house is not lit.

Anonymous said...

What about the Queensmark? If developers weren't scared of potential landmarks - there would be a lot of Queensmark properties still standing! And all they had protecting them were plaques!
Maybe a redeisng is on order - to a bullseye!!

Anonymous said...

The LPC doesn't want to release that information because there are hardly any Queens buildings on the list. Wouldn't it be quite embarrassing if THAT got out?

ken said...

you'd think the LPC was a division of the CIA or something with all their records being kept so confidential.

Queens Crapper said...

They work for the people of this city and their records should be made public, as should their landmarking process.

Anonymous said...

The LPC doesn't want to release that information because there are hardly any Queens buildings on the list. Wouldn't it be quite embarrassing if THAT got out?

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Yet another example of the strong 'leadership' in Queens preservation.

Anonymous said...

They make a nice tableau draped over a wine and cheeze display ... as they are always ready to compromise and always proud of their imagined access to the corridors of power.

Simeon Bankoff said...

You can't tell in the picture, but the NY Lamdmarks Preservation Foundation put one of its Cultural Medallion plaques on the building sometime around 1996. The lists of the medallions were supposed to be sent to the LPC, so to say that there is no record of them is sloppy book-keeping at best.

Anonymous said...

"BULLCRAP"!

The LPC won't reveal
their Queens"list"
because it's non-existent
or very small!

"FOIL" it and they can't refuse!

They're not the f----g CIA
releasing a"sensitive" document!

Anonymous said...

I knew Kerouac's cousin Paul.

He told me the US Army
had misspelled one of their names
and insisted it was Kirouac.

But that was in 1960
over a couple of Vodkas on ice,
so who knows for sure
what the correct spelling is.

Anonymous said...

"kerouac, ginsberg and crew trolling the streets of NYC spending late nights feverishly pounding away on a typewriter...who has replaced those vibrant souls here, for the present day?!"

Crappy has, that's who. I'm sure he spends many a late night feverishly typing away (just check out those post times) after being 'on the road' experiencing all kinds of architectural defecation.

Blogger has just replaced the typewriter, that's all.