If Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could do it, so can you. Please SIGN LW’s PETITION to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Chair Tierney and ask for the designation of the extensions to Manhattan’s West End Historic Districts (HDs). Here’s why.
In 1985, when LANDMARK WEST! was founded to advocate for long overdue protection of our neighborhood’s architectural heritage, the Upper West Side only had 337 designated landmarks. By 2010, the Upper West Side claimed 72 Individual Landmarks, 3 Scenic Landmarks, 7 Interior Landmarks and 9 Historic Districts, for a total of nearly 2,700 landmarks designated by the LPC. That’s something like a 1,000% increase since 1985!
Well, hold onto your hat…approximately 194 new landmarks have been added to the West Side’s noble roster when the Riverside/West End HD
Extension I was designated on June 26, 2012. Take a moment to join us in relishing the pure pleasure of a job well done. Our smiles get even wider when we look back at the above prescient letter from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to the LPC, dated April 30, 1987. She wrote, “Your designation of [the Riverside-West End HD] will provide future generations of New Yorkers the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this remarkably intact piece of our past, just as we enjoy it today.”
Please, do enjoy it, but then do more. Sustain it. Don’t take your neighborhood for granted-historic district Extension II & West End Collegiate Extension
have been heard but NOT designated by the LPC.There is strength in numbers. Tell the LPC to “Vote Yes on Manhattan’s West End HDs.”
Designation is just the first step. Help us be the vigilant stewards our neighborhood still needs and deserves. Big or small, your contribution matters. Give online or call LW! at 212-496-8110 to make a financial pledge.
|Andy Warhol (American 1928-1987), Nine Jackies, 1964. Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 65 x 53 x 2 in. overall. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Halston, 1983.|