Last week, the Historic Districts Council hosted its Annual Conference. This year’s theme was “The Great Outside”, asking preservationists and architectural enthusiasts to consider the open space around our much-loved brick-and-mortar treasures.
LW! was there, tracking all the conference action via Twitter (#GreatOutsideConf — our thumbs are still aching from all the documentation via iPhone!).
The “The Great Outside” conference themes live on, in upcoming programming from our friends at HDC …
|From the LW! archives, an R.O. Blechman-designed invitation
to honor Anthony M. Tung in 1988
The Battle of Bryant Park, 25 Years On
A Discussion with Anthony Tung
Thursday, March 8, 6:00pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 East 11th Street. Free!
Reservations required; please call (212) 614-9107 or contact email@example.com
Co-sponsored with the New York Preservation Archive Project and the Neighborhood Preservation Center
On January 8, 1987, The New York Times reported: “A four-year-old plan to build a restaurant behind the New York Public Library has been dealt a surprising setback, with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission warning that it would consider ‘absolutely untenable’ any structure that would make it difficult to view the library’s west facade.” The author of the motion was Commissioner Anthony Tung.
Five days later, on Sunday, in “A Landmark of Misfeasance” the Times editorial board called for the replacement of every member of the Commission.
By Monday, Tony Tung had been sacked. But it took 18 turbulent months for the mayor to finally unseat him.
Marking the 25-year anniversary of this battle, which energized the entire preservation community, Anthony Tung will join Anthony C. Wood and Jeffrey Kroessler to re-examine the controversy of 25 years ago. The discussion will examine how this episode affected the independence of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and relations between the preservation community and the commission, as well as the implications for the present.
Special thanks to Arlene Simon and LANDMARK WEST! for the invitation to the 1988 party honoring Anthony Tung – at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (art by R.O. Blechman)