From the Daily News:
Preservationists argue that Borough Hall, including new borough historian Jack Eichenbaum, can prove its commitment to local heritage by posting signage or creating brochures for the spots that will be profiled in these pages.
Eichenbaum sparked a debate over the role of a borough historian last month when he told The News that he wants to be an "educator" rather than fight to landmark buildings.
"I don't see myself championing those types of causes," Eichenbaum said at the time.
Eichenbaum was criticized but defended his approach, emphasizing his efforts to educate children about Queens history and vowing to refer landmarking causes to more "passionate" advocates.
The exchange spawned many ideas on how Eichenbaum, Borough President Helen Marshall and Queens tourism director Terri Osborne could honor local legacy even without landmarking.
For starters, historians say signage may encourage residents to take an interest in Queens' past.
"It can be a very effective way of explaining to passersby the transformation in New York's development," said Simeon Bankoff, the executive director of the Historic Districts Council.
Such efforts, advocates contend, may boost Queens tourism, inspire groundbreaking research and stir public interest in the borough's past.
HA HA HA HA HA! What a waste of time and money.
May I suggest the following wording:
"On the site of this pile of Queens Crap used to stand an historic building. - Jack Eichenbaum, Borough Historian, Helen Marshall, Borough President, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor. Plaque donated by the Historic Districts Council."
Can't wait until the plaque unveilings. Let's do Niederstein's first!