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Hon. Robert Tierney
Chair, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
One Centre Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10007
fax: 212/669-7960 or 669-7955Dear Chair Tierney:
I URGE YOU TO INTERVENE TO SAVE THE HISTORIC SUPERIOR INKS FACTORY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!
The last remaining working factory building along the Greenwich Village waterfront, the Superior Inks factory’s twin smokestacks have long stood as local landmarks in the area. The building is an important historic link to the time when the Greenwich Village waterfront was the center of the busiest working waterfront in the world, which aided New York’s rise as the world capitol of commerce. Built in 1919-21 as a cracker bakery for Nabisco, this building was part of a broader complex of Nabisco buildings in the area, the bulk of which are located a few blocks to the north on 15th Street, in what is now known as Chelsea Market.
I urge the Commission to consider landmark designation of this historic building. Designation could be as an individual landmark, or as part of a historic district that would include other nearby industrial buildings the Commission has already publicly proposed for designation, such as the Westbeth complex and 110 Horatio Street, as well as other endangered historic industrial buildings in the area, such as the 1856 factory/stable at 389 West 12th Street.
With your proposal for two new historic districts in the Far West Village and eight individual landmarks, the Commission has committed to preserving a significant and wonderful chunk of the historic Far West Village. BUT PLEASE DON’T STOP – THERE’S MORE IN THIS WONDERFUL NEIGHBORHOOD THAT’S WORTHY OF PRESERVATION. This is the Commission’s last chance to save this rich building. I hope that you will not let this great piece of New York’s waterfront industrial architecture slip through your fingers before it is too late.
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