From the NY Times:
Over the objections of the property’s owner, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday morning to protect a 19th-century Queens mansion in College Point that now serves as a seven-unit apartment building.
The owner, Robert Cunniffe, had asked the commission to postpone the vote so that he could hire a lawyer to represent him. He said he did not even know the vote was scheduled for Tuesday until 9:30 p.m. the night before. “I got there halfway through the hearing,” said Mr. Cunniffe, who bought the building on Sept. 23, after a public hearing on whether to declare the property a landmark had already been held.
The commission decided, however, to proceed with its vote.
Mr. Cunniffe said he was disappointed, though he said he knew the building was under landmark consideration when he bought it.