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BY JACKSON CHEN | A Central Park West synagogue is trying its luck again in asking the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals to grant it permission to construct a nine-story building next door despite the local community’s longstanding objections. The mixed-use building would be constructed adjacent to Congregation Shearith Israel at 8 West 70th Street, […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN AND YANNIC RACK | Just a day after the City Council’s Land Use Committee voted in favor of controversial landmarking reforms, the bill was passed by a large majority of the Council. But preservationists, though still adamantly opposed to the measure approved on June 8, have found a sliver of solace after discovering […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | The City Council’s Land Use Committee voted on June 7 to reform the city’s landmarking process by creating strict deadlines for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate landmarks and historic districts. According to the bill, Intro 775A, the LPC would be allowed one year to designate an individual property as a […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | Local community members rejoiced as the city Board of Standards and Appeals, on June 2, rejected an application to convert the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building at 361 Central Park West into residential use. Since the church, located across the street from the park at 96th Street, is a landmarked […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | The rollout of free Wi-Fi is beginning on the Upper West Side, but it’s the creep toward historic districts throughout the city that has preservationists questioning its benefits when weighed against the historic character of New York’s neighborhoods. Broadway on the Upper West Side is now equipped with 25 links, with […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | The city Landmarks Preservation Commission, in the first of several final round meetings to resolve the fate of properties that have been backlogged for decades, designated the entire St. Michael’s Episcopal Church complex as a landmark. On April 12, the commission voted in favor of landmarking not only the main church building, […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | Preservationist groups are calling on the American Museum of Natural History to develop an updated master plan as it enters the public review period on its proposed expansion on Columbus Avenue. The museum first started discussing its plans for the new Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation in November 2014. […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, on March 8, gave a proposal to convert a landmarked church to residential use another chance, a decision that allowed the project’s sponsors to avoid a widely expected negative vote on their application. The proposal, put forward by developers Ira Shapiro and Joseph Brunner, is […]

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BY YANNIC RACK | The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) cleared a major hurdle in the preservation of an historic powerhouse in Hell’s Kitchen last week, but voted not to consider designating a range of other potential landmarks on the West Side. At a public hearing to address its backlog of 95 buildings across the city, […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | A Midtown luxury department store, an Episcopal church on the Upper West Side, a wooden-frame house on the Upper East Side, and a conference center at the United Nations Plaza will get their chance to forever be a part of Manhattan’s architecture after the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) decided to give each […]

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