LW! e-Newsletter
October 17, 2011



Tuesday, October 25th 
Third and Final Public Hearing on  
Proposed Historic District Extensions

Tell your neighbors!  Tell your friends! 
Next Tuesday, we tell the LPC!


On Tuesday, October 25th, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold the final of three public hearings to consider historic district extensions anchored by West End Avenue.  Your neighborhood needs you!  Spread the word and let others know about this important hearing.     


What you need to know -- click to learn more! :



Explore the map! Click on the image at right for an enlarged version of the Riverside - West End Historic District Extension II map.  You can also visit the LPC's webpage on pending historic districts for maps of all three extensions. 

AttendAttend the Tuesday, October 25th Public Hearing


      WHEN:   Tuesday, October 25th 

                     Approx. 2:30PM*

                         * This can sometimes be a moving target, depending on the
                           pacing of earlier items on the agenda.  The historic district  

                           extension could be heard right on time, early, or it could run late. 


    WHERE:   Landmarks Preservation Commission

                     1 Centre Street, 9th Floor


The LPC needs to hear from you.  So first ...


Sign the petition! Add your name to the list of those who support the West End Avenue historic district extensions.   


Second, please plan to attend the public hearing and to share your support with the Commission.  Your support can take the form of a personal testimonial or a written statement.  Either way, your presence is incredibly important and speaks volumes, even if you choose not to speak!  Make a statement or stand as a "silent supporter" of the West End Avenue historic district extensions.   


ContactWrite to Your Elected Officials

In early 2008, the West End Preservation Society (WEPS) secured a letter supporting expanded historic district protection on West End Avenue signed by elected officials within whose districts such landmarking would occur.  Please write or call their offices, thanking them for their early backing of this important issue and requesting their continued commitment as the LPC public hearings culminate this month.  Not sure which elected officials' districts you're in?  Check here.


Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Charles Rangel

Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer

State Senators Thomas K. Duane, Adriano Espaillat and Bill Perkins.

State Assembly Members Linda Rosenthal and Daniel O'Donnell

City Council Members Gale Brewer, Inez Dickens and Melissa Mark-Viverito.  


More helpful info on writing to your elected representatives is available via the LW! blog.  


ReportREPORT from the FIELD: Informational Q&A
Speaks to Many Neighbors' Questions!

To help our fellow West Siders learn more about the landmark designation process, and specifically the October 25th public hearing of the LPC, LANDMARK WEST! co-sponsored, along with a league of neighborhood groups and preservation advocates, a second Living with Landmarks, a neighborly Q&A informational session (the first Living with Landmarks breakfast was held in March; see video here!).  For those who couldn't make this past session, stay tuned to our YouTube channel (video coming soon)!   


Prof. Andrew Dolkart discusses the history of the West End Avenue neighborhood as members of the panel look on.

Held last Wednesday, October 12th, at 8PM, the Q&A was hosted by the Three Parks Independent Democrats, who generously volunteered to dedicate their monthly meeting to this important neighborhood issue.  Following welcome remarks by District Leader Cynthia Doty, attendees received an inspired historical overview of the West End Avenue neighborhood from Prof. Andrew S. Dolkart, Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  And as the author of the WEPS-commissioned report on the history and landmark merit of the West End Avenue corridor, he should know!  Following Prof. Dolkart, the audience engaged with program co-sponsors for the Q&A portion of the evening.


Community members fill the former chapel of the American Youth Hostel
at Amsterdam Avenue and West 103rd Street.

Breakfast co-sponsors include:



A historic district recognizing the architectural richness of West End Avenue and Riverside Drive has long been a landmark "Wish List" priority for LANDMARK WEST!  The three proposed extensions would weave together five smaller, existing historic districts along West End Avenue and take in eight individual buildings that have long been on LW's "Wish List" of landmark priorities (including the First Baptist Church at 79th and Broadway and the Cliff Dwelling apartments at Riverside Drive and 96th Street).  


On September 15, 2010, the LPC held a community meeting at which they revealed a draft of their "West End Avenue Study Areas" (watch video of the meeting on our YouTube page).  This was the public's first look at the area the LPC is considering for landmark designation. The new historic district extensions would include nearly 800 buildings (click here for a map of the entire area).

For specific questions about owning a home or apartment in a historic district and the regulatory process, call LANDMARK WEST! at 212-496-8110.  Our sincerest thanks go to the West End Preservation Society (WEPS) for their stalwart advocacy!  


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