Friday, July 15, 2005

The People's Hearing for 2 Columbus Circle

Big thanks to all of you who helped make yesterday's People's Hearing for 2 Columbus Circle such a success. The fact that over 150 people filled the library of the General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen -itself an inspiring Landmark building - to testify before 11 empty seats - one for each of the conspicuously absent Landmarks Preservation Commissioners - is living proof that New Yorkers care about the future of Edward Durell Stone's 1964 building and would eagerly take part in a real landmarks hearing, if only given the opportunity. A full record of the proceedings will be available shortly. In the meantime, see New York Observer coverage here.

Co-sponsors for the People's Hearing include: Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum; NYS Assembly Members Richard N. Gottfried (represents 2 Columbus Circle area), Pete Grannis, Daniel O'Donnell and Scott Stringer; NYS Senators Tom Duane, Liz Krueger (represents the 2 Columbus Circle area) and Eric Schneiderman; NYC Council Members Vincent J. Gentile, Margarita Lopez, Eva Moskowitz and Bill Perkins; and former Council Member Ronnie Eldridge.

WHAT MORE WILL IT TAKE for 2 Columbus Circle to get the public hearing it deserves?

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