From the NY Observer:
Developers and property owners may now have one more reason to curse the year 2009: the Landmarks Preservation Commission is on the verge of calendaring an expansion of the Upper East Side Historic District for several blocks across Lexington Avenue, the most critical step toward landmarking the new area.
The current Upper East Side Historic District extends from 59th to 79th streets, stretching from Fifth Avenue just up to Lexington Avenue. Many buildings in the area were built during Reconstruction after the Civil War and during the post-World War I boom. The expansion would include Lexington, from 72nd Street to 75th streets and again from 63rd Street to 65th street.
Thank God, I was afraid Manhattan might get shortchanged on designations this year...
Typically the local landowners and business owners are the ones to protest landmarks—but they haven’t voiced any noticeable public opposition. Among the 80 or so community members who came to the June 3 public meeting 3, there wasn’t a single dissenting voice.
Wow, this certainly ain't Queens they're talking about!
The City Council could also decide to overturn a designation by the LPC—but chances of that are slim. Mr. Garodnick, who represents part of the Upper East Side and is on the Council’s Land Use Committee, has been a “cheerleader” for the cause according to Ms. Worden; and Upper East Side member Jessica Lappin, who chairs the Council’s Landmarks Subcommittee, has also publicly supported the expansion.
Once again, this certainly ain't Queens! The tweeders would be lining up in opposition if it were.