Friday, April 15, 2016
The LPC: As arbitrary and capricious as they wanna be
You have probably heard that the Pepsi Cola sign in LIC has achieved Landmark status, but consider this from The NY Times story:
"The Artkraft Strauss Sign Corporation reconstructed the sign in 1993, after heavy damage was inflicted by a winter storm."
I am certainly not an expert on NYC Landmarks but this appears to be a contradiction of a previous decision by the landmarks commission concerning Old St. James Church of Elmhurst.
If the Pepsi sign was totally reconstructed and granted Landmark status why hasn't St. James, whose appearance has hardly been altered since the 18th century, been treated in the same manner?
I guess the Manhattanites have decided that an ancient Elmhurst church isn't as cool as a 20th century LIC commercial sign. Go figure.
philipe the confused
Yes, Philipe, I think you have nailed it.