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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, passed in 1965. Tonight on channel Thirteen, the documentary “Treasures of New York: The Landmarks Preservation Movement” will air at 7pm (repeated February 8th at 8pm on WLIW21). In a media-only screening, we learn that the documentary covers the range of landmarks in the city, from obvious like Brooklyn Bridge, Trinity Church and Central Park) to the less obvious, like Patchin Place in Greenwich Village, with the last 19th century lamppost.

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Not surprisingly Penn Station, and its demolition, forms a central part of the narrative, and bringing the conversation in today, the debate about whether the landmarks law is too much of a hindrance to change. The documentary includes interviews with figures like architect and Yale School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern, Michael Kimmelman, chief architecture critic for The New York Times, Andrew S. Dolkart, Kenneth T. Jackson author of The Encyclopedia of New York Citypeople from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Municipal Art of Society, and Historic Districts Council.

Sign up for the waiting list for our sold out tour, The Remnants of Penn Station.

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