Thursday, December 31, 2015

Group seeks landmarking for historic co-ops

From DNA Info:

A historical society working to landmark the homes of Dizzy Gillespie and scientist Marie Maynard Daly say they plan also to push to landmark the city’s first integrated cooperative apartments.

The Corona-East Elmhurst Historical Preservation Society say they’re compiling information to request an evaluation to the Landmarks Preservation Society for the Dorie Miller co-ops, on 114th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue.

The buildings opened in 1953 and were named for Navy hero Dorie Miller, the first African-American awarded the Navy Cross, by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

The $2.7 million private development was the city’s first integrated co-ops, according to reports at the time.


(sarc) said...

It is a friggin cookie cutter apartment house.

Are you kidding me?

You people have to pick your battles wisely and dedicate your time, efforts and resources more intelligently...

Anonymous said...

But its VOTES and an opportunity to pander to traditional a Democratic support group.

Now if these folks would make common cause with the unfashionable white people in Elmhurst trying to save St James we might have something interesting here.

Anonymous said...

How are these boring modernist apartments any more worthy of landmarking than St. Savior's Church in Maspeth?

If someone famous lived here, a plaque should suffice. That's what happened in Forest Hills. Russian-American author Sergei Dovlatov also lived in a boring modernist six-story apartment building. That building now has a plaque.

The effort to Dorie Miller co-ops appears politically motivated at worst and well-meaning at best.

FlooshingRezident said...

Look like projects! So incredibly ugly!

Anonymous said...

Landmarking some "Queens Crap?!" Seriously? -alfster....

Anonymous said...

Lol, 95% of all coops in the boros are ugly as heck. Nothing but boxes for the living.

georgetheatheist said...

The great photojournalist Alfred Eisenstadt lived in an apartment building on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights and there isn't even a plaque there.

Anonymous said...

This they want to landmark?


Anonymous said...

How about a new historical marker, the generic variety:

"On this spot, a long time ago, did "

This marker brought to you by the good people on the Landmarks Commission.

Anonymous said...

"Bill Clinton slept here"

Anonymous said...

Say wha?

Anonymous said...

In this case I would agree with the LPC's usual denial phrase, "It does not meet our criteria for landmarking".
Hey, let's landmark my outhouse. I have taken many a good historic crap there. LOL!
This is an architecturally insignificant trifle. And the Steinway Mansion site confines to be violated while we put our energies into nonsense like this.

Queens Crapper said...

According to the Landmarks Law, the purpose of safeguarding the buildings and places that represent New York City's cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history is to:

stabilize and improve property values;
foster civic pride;
protect and enhance the City's attractions to tourists;
strengthen the economy of the City;
promote the use of historic districts, landmarks, interior landmarks, and scenic landmarks for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of the City.

There are many other criteria for landmarking besides nifty architecture.

Anonymous said...

I am familiar with the other criteria , besides architectural , that LPCuses, Crappy.
You cannot landmark every insignificant structure based upon such thin merit.
Save the salvos for the heavy duty deserving structures. Now I'd Washington or Lincoln slept there...OK!