Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Amsterdam Avenue "Stable Row" to Be Heard

Landmarks Announces Public Hearing for "Stable Row" Survivors

This morning, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) calendared a public hearing on the former Dakota Stable (77th Street and Amsterdam) and its neighbor, the former New York Cab Company (75th Street and Amsterdam). Both are rare survivors from New York's pre-automobile age, examples of only a handful of known commercial stable structures left in the city. Christopher Gray of The New York Times called the Dakota Stable a "stylistic gem" and the AIA Guide to New York City Architecture gives both buildings honorable mention. They have hefty community and elected official support. And both have been on Landmark West's "wish list" of sites that deserve landmark consideration since 1986.

When the LPC doesn't do the right thing, LW! is the first to call them on it. When they do come through, we take our hats off. Calendaring these buildings is definitely the right thing to do. So, please join us in expressing our appreciation (which can be communicated electronically by sending emails to Chair Robert Tierney at the address below). Also, please take this opportunity to reiterate your support for designation and urge the LPC to schedule a firm hearing date soon!

This campaign isn't over, not by a long shot. The stable buildings need your support now more than ever. Stay tuned! And if you're catching up with this issue, please visit
http://www.landmarkwest.org/advocacy/stables.html for more information.

LPC Chair Robert B. Tierney
Phone: 212-669-7888
Fax: 212-669-7955
1 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007

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