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Hon. Robert Tierney,
Chair, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
One Centre Street
New York, NY 10007
fax: 212/669-7960 or 669-7955
Dear Chair Tierney:
Thank you for taking swift action this past summer and fall to prevent the destruction of 128 East 13th. BUT NOW I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO TAKE THE NECESSARY NEXT AND FINAL STEP TO VOTE TO DESIGNATE THIS BUILDING A NEW YORK CITY LANDMARK, TO ENSURE ITS PERMANENT PRESERVATION.
Given the building’s incredible history, there could be few finer candidates for landmark designation. As the City’s only remaining horse and carriage auction mart, which served the Belmonts and Vanderbilts, as a former machine shop where women were trained on assembly-line work during World War II, and as the long-time studio of Frank Stella, one of the late 20th century’s most influential artists, the building embodies so many layers of New York’s social, architectural, and cultural history.
I appreciate that the Commission has been so attentive to this case and that it has been attempting to work with the owner to ensure that the building can be preserved. Because of the Commission’s actions, the building is safe – for now. BUT 128 EAST 13TH STREET DESERVES THE PERMANENT PROTECTIONS LANDMARK DESIGNATION WOULD OFFER. I THEREFORE ASK YOU TO ACT SOON TO ENSURE THIS WONDERFUL BUILDING WILL REMAIN A TREASURE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO APPRECIATE.
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