Bruce Willis once said “You can’t undo the past…but you can certainly not repeat it”
At LANDMARK WEST! we strive to protect the built environment and sometimes that means incorporating intel from the ground.
Back in 2008, a neighbor spotted a suspiciously inappropriate rooftop addition to 12-14 West 68th Street (in the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District, immediately north of the Hotel des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street and adjacent to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, CPW at 68th Street).
LANDMARK WEST! sprang into action, reported the structure to the Landmarks Preservation commission (LPC) and they in turn, confirmed a full fifth floor addition had been constructed without LPC approval! A long saga ensued (see timeline below) involving court dates, changes of ownership, and lots of neighbor’s letters, hearings and testimony at the LPC.
But for LW’s vigilance, and our community’s active support (thank you!) this illegal addition to our Historic District might have slipped through the cracks. And if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.
|12-14 West 68th Street with illegal rooftop addition|
FINALLY, GOOD NEWS! The illegal rooftop addition is coming down and begin replaced with a smaller, more appropriate structure.
|RED denotes former massing bulk at #12 W. 68th Street. Sloped roof below shows maximum build out of replacement rooftop addition, compliant with LPC guidelines.
|Demolition of illegal tower begins, 2015|