12 Commissioners decide the fate of what gets landmarked and preserved for the future and what changes are allowed – yet all but one are serving on expired terms.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission operates under Title 25 of Chapter 3 fo the NYC Administrative Code.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is the smallest of the City’s Agencies, yet is the “largest municipal preservation agency in the nation”. Its ~80 person staff stretches across several departments: Research, Preservation, Enforcement, Archaeology, and Environmental Review. The Chair of the Commission is appointed by the mayor. The remainder of the Commission is an assembly of representatives from each of the five boroughs as well as a Planner, an Historian, a Realtor and Architects. The current commission:
Sarah Carroll; Chair; Confirmed by City Council on Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Term expired June 28, 2019
Fred Bland; Vice Chair; Term expired June 28, 2016
** On Tuesday, May 29th, Fred Bland was elevated to Vice Chair and served as interim Chair **
Adi Shamir Baron; Historian; Term expired June 28, 2016
Diana Chapin; Term expired June 28, 2015
Wellington Z. Chen; Architect; Term expired June 28, 2017
Michael Devonshire; Term expired June 28, 2012
Michael Goldblum; Architect; Term expired June 28, 2014
John Gustafsson; Term expired June 28, 2017
Anne Holford-Smith; Architect; Term expired June 28, 2019
Jeanne Lutfy; Realtor; Term expired June 28, 2017
Everado Jefferson; Architect; Term ends __________
Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair & Planner; Term expired June 28, 2016-Resigning as of June 1, 2018
Among legacy projects from the Srinivasan era are a revamp to the rules which the Commission operates according to. After much push back, although changes to the rules are continuing for consideration, but there WILL BE a second public hearing on the proposed changes–this is all thanks to joint advocacy efforts! Details on the latest proposed changes HERE, with FULL TEXT HERE. It is also hopefully a harbinger of a new era of leadership–on wherein the public again has a voice. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on the future hearing and changes in store.
Read LW! blog posts for more history & news on the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
There has been much speculation of who might take the place of Meenakshi Srinivasan who announced--somewhat suddenly--that June 1st would be her last day of public service. CRAINS featured an opinion piece by the president of the Real Estate Board of New York calling...
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LANDMARK WEST! along with the the Brooklyn Heights Association, The City Club of New York, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Historic Districts Council, The Municipal Art Society of New York, The...
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LW! Testifying in Support of the Designation of the Central Harlem West – 130th-132nd Street Historic District
Tomorrow, LANDMARK WEST! will be speaking at the Landmarks Preservation Commission to offer our support in favor of the proposed designation of the Central Harlem West - 130th-132nd Street Historic District. We will be adding our voices to those of our friends at Save...
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