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Certificate of Appropriateness

Landmarks Applications: Certificate of Appropriateness

appropriate [uh-proh-pree-it] suitable or fitting for a particular purpose …but I thought that was a landmark?!? Have you ever wondered how neighbors in landmark buildings can add rooftop additions?  Rear yard extensions?  Alter stoops?  Even the staunchest of preservationists knows that in vibrant communities, changes in the built environment are inevitable. Although landmarks are protected, they are not frozen in time. They depend on our constant stewardship for appropriate maintenance and change. When owners of landmark buildings wish to make changes, they need to apply to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission for what’s called a Certificate of Appropriateness (C of A). LW’s C of A Committee works with building owners and their architects to advise on design and protect the integrity of our constantly evolving neighborhood.

A public hearing on the revised rules amendments proposed by the LPC was held in October, 2018. The revised rules can be read here.  In 2019, the LPC issued the LPC PERMIT GUIDEBOOK: How to Get Staff Level Approvals.

COVID-19 Response

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has resumed hearings at its office at 1 Centre Street, but continues to provide livestreams on their YouTube channel. The public can watch a hearing on the LPC’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/nyclpc/videos

FIND CURRENT LPC HEARING CALENDARS HERE.

Recent UWS Hearings and LW Testimony

335 Columbus Avenue aka 331-339 Columbus Avenue

Building address and name: 335 Columbus Avenue

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark Status: Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District

Original Architect: Henry Anderson

Original Date of Construction: 1892-94

LPC Docket No:

LPC hearing date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024, via in-Person at the LPC hearing room, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Manhattan, & virtually via Youtube and Zoom.

LPC Application: Application is to install new storefront signage and windows.

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Read LW! Testimony

Learn more about 335 Columbus Avenue from our BUILDING DATABASE.

Read the Social History for this landmark!

 

420 Amsterdam Avenue

Building address and name: 420 Amsterdam Avenue

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark Status: Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District

Original Architect: Gilbert A. Schellenger

Original Date of Construction: 1890-91

LPC Docket No: LPC-24-03142

LPC hearing date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2024, via in-Person at the LPC hearing room, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Manhattan, & virtually via Youtube and Zoom.

LPC Application: Application is to legalize enclosing the areaway, replacing the fence, and installing a garbage enclosure without LPC permit, LAID OVER.

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Read LW! Testimony

Learn more about 420 Amsterdam Avenue from our BUILDING DATABASE.

Read the Social History for this landmark!

 

On Hold, Recently Covered at Staff Level or Withdrawn

 

500 West End Avenue

Building address and name: 500 West End Avenue

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark StatusWest End – Collegiate Historic District Extension

Original Architect: Schwartz & Gross

Original Date of Construction: 1914-1915

LPC Docket No.: LPC-22-01875

LPC Application: Application is to establish a windows masterplan.

LPC hearing date: November 9th, 2021, via YouTube, NO ACTION.

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Read LW! Testimony 

Learn more about 500 West End Avenue from our BUILDING DATABASE.

231-233 West 74th Street

Building address and name: 231-233 West 74th Street

Building’s Historic District: West End – Collegiate Historic District Extension

Original Architect: William J. Merritt

Original Date of Construction: 1885-86

LPC Docket No: LPC-22-02413

LPC hearing date: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 via YouTube, LAID OVER; Tuesday, October 11, 2022, No Action, No Quorum. 

LPC Application: Application is to reconstruct the front facades.

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Read LW! Testimony 

Learn more about 231-233 West 74th Street from our BUILDING DATABASE

Past C of A Items ~ 2024

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40 West 106th Street

Building address and name: 40 West 106th Street

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark Status: Manhattan Avenue Historic District

Original Architect: C. P. H. Gilbert

Original Date of Construction: 1886-87

LPC Docket No: LPC-24-00943

LPC hearing date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024, via in-Person at the LPC hearing room, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Manhattan, & virtually via Youtube and Zoom.

LPC Application: Application is to legalize the installation of a rear deck and stair without Landmarks Preservation Commission permit(s), APPROVED w/modifications.

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Learn more about 40 Manhattan Avenue from our BUILDING DATABASE.

Read the Social History for this landmark!

 

Central Park - Dinosaur Playground

Building address and name: Riverside Park – Dinosaur Playground

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark Status: Scenic Landmark

Original Architect: Frederick Law Olmsted, with modifications and additions built in 1934-37 and designed by Clifton Lloyd and Gilmore Clarke.

Original Date of Construction: 1873-1875; 1934-37

LPC Docket No: LPC-24-05534

LPC hearing date: February 13, 2024, via HYBRID at 1 Centre Street, Manhattan or on Zoom.

LPC Application: Application is to amend Commission Advisory Report 24-03689 for sitework at the playground and surrounding
landscape, APPROVED.

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340 West 85th Street aka The Three Arts Club

Building address and name: 340 West 85th Street

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark Status: Riverside – West End Historic District Extension I

Original Architect: George B. de Gersdorff

Original Date of Construction: 1926-27

LPC Docket No: LPC-23-11249

LPC hearing date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2024, via in-Person at the LPC hearing room, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Manhattan, & virtually via Youtube and Zoom.

LPC Application: Application is to install a barrier-free access ramp, APPROVED.

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Read LW! Testimony

Learn more about 340 West 85th Street from our BUILDING DATABASE.

Read the Social History for this landmark!

 

173 Riverside Drive

Building address and name: 173-175 Riverside

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark StatusRiverside – West End Historic District

Original Architect: J.E.R. Carpenter

Original Date of Construction: 1925-26

LPC Docket No: LPC-24-03568

LPC Application: Application is to establish a master plan governing the replacement of window bulkheads with substitute material, APPROVED.

LPC hearing date:January 23, 2024, via Hybrid

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ReadLW! LPC Testimony

Learn more about 173-175 Riverside Drive from our BUILDING DATABASE.

Read the Social History of 173-175 Riverside Drive.

Central Park - West 85th Street Playground

Building address and name: Central Park – West 85th Street Playground

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark Status: Scenic Landmark

Original Architect: Frederick Law Olmsted & Calvert Vaux

Original Date of Construction: 1857-58

LPC Docket No: LPC-24-04565

LPC hearing date: January 9, 2024, via HYBRID at 1 Centre Street, Manhattan or on Zoom.

LPC Application: Advisory Report: Application is to modify the playground footprint and pathways, and replace fencing. POSITIVE REPORT.

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418 Columbus Avenue

Building address and name: 418 Columbus Avenue

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark Status: Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District

Original Architect: Henry F. Cook

Original Date of Construction: 1898

LPC Docket No: LPC-24-03928

LPC hearing date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2024, via in-Person at the LPC hearing room, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Manhattan, & virtually via Youtube and Zoom.

LPC Application: Application is to replace store infill, replace a window, and install a louver. APPROVED W/ MODIFICATIONS.

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Read LW! Testimony

Learn more about 418 Columbus Avenue from our BUILDING DATABASE.

Read the Social History for this landmark!

 

160 West 74th Street

Building address and name: 160 West 74th Street

Building’s Historic District and or Individual Landmark Status: Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District

Original Architect: Lamb & Rich

Original Date of Construction: 1893

LPC Docket No: LPC-24-03885

LPC hearing date:Tuesday, January 9th, 2024, via in-Person at the LPC hearing room, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Manhattan, & virtually via Youtube and Zoom.

LPC Application: Application is to construct rear yard and rooftop additions and remove a portion of an areaway wall to install a barrier-free access lift. APPROVED.

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Read LW! Testimony

Learn more about 160 West 74th Street from our BUILDING DATABASE.

Read the Social History for this landmark!

 

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Join our C of A Committee

Does the thought of shaping changes in our neighborhood interest you?  LW’s C of A Committee members are key players in shaping the Upper West Side’s future.  We welcome architects, designers, historians, attorneys, real estate professionals and anyone interested in volunteering skills and expertise in the pursuit of stewardship of our neighborhood.  The Committee meets to review all applications for changes to landmark sites within Community District 7 scheduled to be heard at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Public Design Commission and other public forums. Email Sean Khorsandi seankhorsandi@landmarkwest.org, or call (212) 496-8110 for further details.

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