From the NY Post:
A long-running battle between an Upper West Side church and its neighbors ended yesterday when West Park Presbyterian Church was designated a city landmark, quashing plans to use part of the historic property to build a condo tower.
The unanimous vote by the Landmarks Preservation Commission was hailed as a victory by neighbors and local preservationists who want the 116-year- old red sandstone church to remain as is.
But church members and their pastor, the Rev. Robert Brashear, insisted that the church doesn't have the money to fix the crumbling structure at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 86th Street, which can no longer be used for services.
Interesting. When it's in Queens, you can count on one or more of the following excuses for not landmarking a house of worship:
- The congregation/owner is opposed to it/can't afford it.
- We need more housing (a million people coming, etc.)
- Separation of church and state.
- It's been "altered beyond recognition".
Or, my personal favorite... No answer from LPC at all.
So this decision for a Manhattan church is very interesting.