This year, New York City is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law and all the benefits it has provided to our city. Our law, and the advocacy community that supports it, has served as a model for municipalities around the country, and indeed around the world.
As any good preservationist would, I will start with a bit of history. In 1985, our founding president, Halina Rosenthal, wrote to our members:
Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District (FRIENDS) and prominent local and national preservation groups, along with elected officials, have filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the City of New York in an ongoing battle to stop the demolition of two historic properties.