Advocacy Alert: Press Conference to Protest Demolitions of Landmarked Buildings

Please join us tomorrow, December 15th at 2pm on the steps of City Hall to bring attention to the recent demolitions of landmarked and soon-to-be-landmarked buildings across the city, and to demand action from the city to do more to protect historic buildings. We will be joined by fellow preservationists, community leaders and elected officials in condemning the rash of demolitions of historic structures including on the Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, Harlem, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, iconic examples of our heritage that the City has failed to protect.

Last year, FRIENDS protested the demolition of 21 East 65th Street, a historic building located in the Upper East Side Historic District, which was adversely affected by construction activity after the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the incorporation of its façade into a new building. The entire façade except for the two-story base was subsequently demolished and with it the Upper East Side lost yet another piece of its history. This loss, as well as the recent demolitions of the Dangler Mansion in Bedford-Stuyvesant, 14 Gay Street in Greenwich Village, nine 1840s landmarked houses in the Gansevoort Market Historic District, and 186 Lenox Avenue in Harlem, among others, has made it critical to take a stand now.

Stand up for your landmarks! Please join FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and our allied community groups and elected officials tomorrow at 2pm on the steps of City Hall to call for urgent action from the City.

Corner of Madison Avenue and East 65th. 19 East 65th Street still stands while number 21 has been mostly demolished. The outline of the demolished building can be seen on the recently-exposed facade of its neighbor. At the corner stood 760 Madison Avenue, a 1996 building designed by architect Peter Marino, which was demolished as part of the construction of the new residential building.

Clockwise from top left: 14 Gay Street; the former Dangler Mansion in Bedford-Stuyvesant; 351-55 West 14th Sreet/ 44-54 Ninth Avenue in the Meatpacking District