Friday, January 20, 2012

LPC a day late and a dollar short

From the NY Post:

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday took emergency action to block a landlord from adding a rooftop pad to a 165-year-old building on a classic row-house block off Tompkins Square Park.

Too bad the move came several hours after the city Buildings Department had already approved a permit for the East Village project.

"[The LPC] dropped the ball," lamented Andrew Berman, of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

At issue was a well-kept, $3 million-plus, four-story town home at 315 E. 10th St.

When landlord Ben Shaoul filed for a fifth-floor addition last month, preservationists sought historic status for the block to prevent it.

The LPC had 40 days to act before a permit could be issued. That deadline ended Friday.

The LPC had said yesterday’s hearing date was the earliest it could squeeze into its schedule.


Anonymous said...

FU, Andy Berman, Greenwich Village preservation ponce!

Come to Queens where we're butt f----d every day when it comes to the LPC.

So you've lost one measly building.

We've already lost most of our worthy sites.

Anonymous said...

Now if Queens had an effective "big mouth" pushing for more landmark sites and historic districts...instead of an aging, ass kissing borough historian like Dr. Jack(off) Eichenbaum (who is anti-landmarking)...we'd be somewhere
instead of in the toilet!

Thanks for doing Jack-shit for our borough!

Jerry Rotondi said...


Broadway-Flushing, already a state and federal historic district, is still waiting for the LPC to designate this worthy neighborhood a municipal landmark district.

a resident said...

Broadway Flushing Homeowners Association's current newsletter mentions that a "plaque committee" has been formed.

Any homeowner who wishes to purchase one to display on their home indicating its historic status can order one.

Anonymous said...

You got to be kidding me, they add a story to a house in manhattan and it is the crime of the century? What about all of the real historic buildings in queens that have been bulldosed to put 16 family brick crapboxes?

Anonymous said...

What about all of the real historic buildings in queens that have been bulldosed to put 16 family brick crapboxes?
I dunno.

Ask the preservation community (read rich Manhattanites) that needs the votes of our electeds to expand their designations, so ignore us as part of the deal.

Anonymous said...

Plaques for Broadway-Flushing?
How "lovely".

The only plaque that really means anything is issued by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission because it's backed up by law!

All others amount to wishful thinking and offer no positive protection. They are, in fact, little more than preservation placebos.

Putting up a local substitute for a genuine LPC historic marker is like pointing an unloaded gun at an angry grizzly bear, or in this case an avaricious developer.

The Queens Historical Society once initiated their own plaque program years ago.

It was called the "Queensmark" and was a dismal failure.

Within the first year or two that some sites were granted "Queensmarks" by QHS, three of them were torn down!

A plaque on a site gives a false sense of security to a passerby that a particular building is protected from gross alteration or demolition.

This is both a waste of time and money alike.

Please go back to the drawing board and rethink the idea.

Anonymous said...

Historic plaques and tea and crumpets...a poor substitute for engaging in vigorous battle!