On April 19, 2017 – the 52nd anniversary to the day of the official signing of New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law of 1965 – LW! President Kate Wood gave a talk to nearly 200 members of the National Arts Club and guests on the past, present, and future of landmarks...
Celebrating former Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Gene A. Norman

Celebrating former Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Gene A. Norman

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Gene A. Norman testifying in 1984 to protect the NYC Landmarks Law. Credit: Albany Press, 1984. In 1988, Gene presided over a 16-hour marathon public hearing at the Fourth Universalist Society, which led to the 1990 designation of over...
Designate the West End’s Historic District Extensions NOW

Designate the West End’s Historic District Extensions NOW

  A picture is worth a thousand words.    Question: How could this out-of-context building get built?   Answer: These 4 rowhouses were not designated NYC Landmarks when the then-owner of 2 Riverside Drive built on this site. The moral of the story? Please do not take...
From the LW! Archives…1987 Letter from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Supporting the Original Riverside/West End Historic District

From the LW! Archives…1987 Letter from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Supporting the Original Riverside/West End Historic District

In 1985, when LANDMARK WEST! was founded to advocate for more widespread protection of our neighborhood’s architectural heritage, the Upper West Side only had 337 designated landmarks. With the recent Riverside-West End HD Extension I designation, approximately...