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ADVOCACY ALERT: Manhattan Electeds and Advocates Call on City for Immediate Reform

In advance of Tuesday’s hearing, FRIENDS will join with elected officials and colleagues on the steps of City Hall to raise these issues to the citywide stage. The ability to freely sculpt zoning lots, as at 180 East 88th Street and 200 Amsterdam Avenue, that serve no purpose beyond circumventing zoning requirements has serious policy implications for New York City.

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NYS Appellate Division Rules in Favor of LPC in First Avenue Estate Hardship Case!

Last spring FRIENDS led the effort of local and national preservation groups, along with elected officials, to file an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the City of New York in the ongoing battle to stop the demolition of two historic buildings, part of the City and Suburban Homes First Avenue Estate.

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Thoughtful Preservation Advocacy WORKS! LPC Announces Plans to Amend Initial Proposal for Rules Changes!

This week’s public hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission included an update regarding the agency’s proposed rules amendments, which were reviewed at a public hearing on March 27, 2018.

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The Frick Collection Expansion: Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More and Weigh In

In April, the Frick Collection announced new designs by Selldorf Architects to upgrade and expand the museum’s facilities.

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ADVOCACY ALERT: New York State Tries AGAIN to Remove Building Density Cap

This week, the New York State Senate Rules Committee passed a bill including language that would remove the statewide cap on the density of residential buildings that has been in place for nearly 60 years.

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DEVELOPMENT ALERT: First Avenue

As reported in YIMBY, The Real Deal and the Upper East Side Patch, the Developer Extell has just filed demolition permits for an entire block on the east side of First Avenue between East 79th and East 80th Streets in Yorkville.

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ADVOCACY UPDATE: Inter-building Void at 62nd Street Periscope Tower Endorsed by DOB

After six months, the Department of Buildings (DOB) has finally responded to FRIENDS’ Zoning Challenge of 249 East 62nd Street filed in November 2017.

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Preservation Groups Pen Joint Letter Urging Landmarks Chair to Rescind Proposed Rules Changes

On Friday, April 13, 2018, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, along with the City Club, Brooklyn Heights Association, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the Historic Districts Council, LANDMARK WEST!, the Municipal Art Society of New York, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the Society for the Architecture of the City –with support from elected officials — submitted a joint letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging the agency to reject the

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LPC Public Hearing on Proposed Rules Limiting Public Involvement

This past Tuesday, March 27th, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing on a new set of rules the agency has proposed to streamline the process of making changes to designated historic buildings.

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ADVOCACY ALERT: Albany’s Sky-High Vision for Unchecked NYC Development…?

With support from Mayor de Blasio, the New York State Legislature is resurrecting a troubling amendment to New York City zoning that would dismantle the cap on the size of residential development that has been in place for nearly 60 years.

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