Sunday, July 19, 2009

Groups want Tammany Hall landmarked

From The Villager:

Preservation advocates are renewing their 25-year campaign to get Tammany Hall, the Colonial revival-style building on E. 17th St. at Union Square East, built in 1928 for the New York City Democratic Party, designated as a city landmark.

During the past three months, advocates including the Union Square Community Coalition, Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, Municipal Art Society, the Historic Districts Council and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, have written letters to the Landmarks Preservation Commission renewing their support for landmarking the building now serving as the home of the New York Film Academy and the Union Square Theater.

“We’ve been at it, off and on, since 1985,” said Jack Taylor, a member of the U.S.C.C. board of directors and chairperson of the coalition’s historic preservation committee. “In the past few months we’ve also received political support for landmarking the building from Councilmember Rosie Mendez, state Senator Tom Duane and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh,” Taylor said.

There are also 12 individually landmarked buildings around Union Square, Taylor said, adding, “We want Tammany Hall to be the 13th.”

Hey readers, how many individually landmarked buildings are in your communities?


Anonymous said...

I thought Tammy Hall was already memorialized. Don't we live it every day? Ask Albany.

Anonymous said...

Municipal Art Society, the Historic Districts Council and the New York Landmarks Conservancy,

Look at their boards. Do they represent the diversity of our city?

Nope. These are the organizations that deny your community preservation or landmarking, by either hogging up all the resources, or ignoring you with at best scant help.

Overturn the landmarks law. Let these people live in the world of Queens Crap for a few years.

Then lets sit down at the table as equals.

Anonymous said...

Heh, heh, heh,
has Simeon been putting in the same kind of heroic efforts on behalf of Queens?

Anonymous said...

Let's landmark Queens Borough Hall... central headquarters for the most "tweeded" borough in NYC!

Manhattan will certainly gain another landmark to tuck into its already overflowing coffers while Queens gets another preservation organization jackboot square up the ass!