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Reforming the Landmarking Process


GVSHP Report: Analysis of Pre-Designation Activities in New York City during the Bloomberg Administration 06/16/14

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Revised Rules Amendments Briefing Presentation

Testimony from State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal Regarding Proposed Changes to the LPC Application Process

GVSHP Testimony in Opposition to Proposed LPC Rules Changes

Joint Letter Opposing LPC Rules Changes

City Council Letter to LPC
re: changes to public comments


Rosie Mendez's Letter to LPC re: changes to public comments policy

Corey Johnson's Letter to LPC re: changes to public comments policy

GVSHP Letter to LPC re: changes to public comments policy

Letter of support from State Senator Hoylman 09/29/14

GVSHP letter to mayor and LPC about improving LPC communications 05/02/14

In recent years the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission has begun the practice of letting property owners know that they are even thinking about considering their properties for potential landmark designation weeks or months before any calendaring vote, thus giving bad actors advance warning to seek and secure demolition or alteration permits before the Commission can take action to protect the building. This extra-legal process, as well as the Commission’s sometimes slow pace in designating buildings or districts once calendared, has allowed many historic properties being considered for landmark designation to be compromised or lost.

We hope the new chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and our new mayor will consider a more careful approach. Property owners must by law be notified of any potential action under consideration by the Commission, and certainly should be. But the current practices of the Commission, which go well beyond this, give bad actors too much opportunity to get around the law and subvert the landmarking process.

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