03/26/14 12:00pm

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There aren’t many buildings left in New York like The Prince George that have maintained their luxurious historical roots once financial woes or disrepair became overwhelming. While many of these former architectural wonders have been reduced to faded and forgotten photographs or grainy film stock, some spaces are so sacred and awe-inspiring that outside organizations will do everything in their power to return them to their former brilliance.  (more…)

02/25/14 2:00pm

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From the recently demolished Pan Am Terminal at JFK to the current fight to save the storied Rizzoli Bookstore in Midtown, struggles for preservation continue to wage on in New York City. Often a fight for landmark status, these battles pit developers against historians and preservationists to save sights important to the city’s history.

Curbed NY recently published a map of the 10 current most intense struggles for preservation in NYC, including many we have covered. These range from the struggle to save the Picasso Tapestry in the Four Seasons to the recent discussion by city’s Park Department on the state of the World Pavilion from the ’64 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows. Also included are the Apthorp on the Upper West Side and Central Park. (more…)

02/10/14 4:00pm

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After it was announced last week that Picasso’s tapestry, “Le Tricorne,” was going to be evicted from its home at the Four Seasons Restaurant, we decided to take a trip to see it. “Le Tricorne,” has resided at the Four Seasons Restaurant since 1959. The tapestry is owned by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and was not included as part of the interior landmark designation received by the restaurant.


01/28/14 10:00am

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After nearly 30 years at its current location, Rizzoli is threatened with eviction once again. The Rizzoli Publishing House, which was originally established in 1929 and is affiliated with Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper, came to New York City in 1964. Rizzoli’s first New York bookstore was located on Fifth Avenue adjacent to the building that now houses Henri Bendel and a tower that’s home to hedge funds and investment firms. At the time, Fifth Avenue was home to several important bookstores, including Scribner’s and Doubleday.  (more…)

12/05/13 1:00pm

In our roundup of nautically-influenced architecture in New York City, the O’Toole Medical Services Building of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village was high on our list. Built originally for the National Maritime Union by architect Albert C. Ledner, it’s clad in white with portholes as windows. It closed in 2010, but The New York Times has reported that the building will be reused as a medical facility again by the North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, who will repurpose the space as an emergency room and care center.


12/03/13 12:00pm

Recently, Untapped Cities reader Rachel Potter submitted the following preservation query to our mailbag:

I have a question about landmark preservation rules – recently I saw the article about the ‘64 World’s Fair [in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park] and the decision whether to restore or demolish them. I also learned that JFK’s Pan Am Worldport is being torn down. I’m confused though, since both of these sites have historic landmark status, how is it possible to demolish them? Isn’t the point of landmark status to ensure their preservation in the midst of projected redevelopment?