The Woolworth Building lobbyAs Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation writes, “The Real Estate industry is firmly behind Intro. 775, which would greatly benefit demolition-minded developers.” The New York Times writes that the “bill’s sponsors, as well as local business and real estate leaders, argue that it simply brings much-needed responsibility and transparency to the Landmarks Preservation Commission.” Greenfield also argues that the bill would be “empowering the commission, not weakening it.” Yet, Berman argues that the bill fails to provide any additional resources to support the Commission, the smallest of the city’s agencies:
“Rather than encouraging smooth and timely decision-making, the bill would actually encourage delaying tactics and obstructionism by powerful developers opposed to landmarking, by offering the option of ‘running out the clock.”Furthermore, if the bill is meant to clear the backlog (currently at 95 proposals), the Landmarks Preservation Commission already has hearings set beginning October 8th for this purpose, a direct response to the decalendaring issue from last year.
Green-Wood Cemetery is one of the 95 sites on the Landmarks Preservation Commission backlog, to be decided in the fall hearings
What you can do:
- Send a letter to the 42 NYC Councilmen with one click using a pre-formatted letter and form from GVSHP available here.
- Attend the hearing (or even testify) at City Hall in the City Council Chambers tomorrow, September 9th at 11am