Rendering of 34 West 66th Street - courtesy of West 65th and 66th Streets Block Association
Void The Voids - Tell City Planning To Act Now For Responsible Development

We need your help to stop a planned 775-foot tower overlooking Central Park that will use more than 200 feet of empty space to get to that height. The proposed skyscraper at 34 West 66th Street is in a special district with height restrictions but the developers have found a way around them: voids. 
This week, the focus is on the Upper West Side, but this issue is effecting neighborhoods across New York. These oversized, empty spaces in the middle of "supertalls" boosted the height at 432 Park Avenue, One 57, and other towers. They will continue to artificially inflate buildings, unless the City Planning Department makes a change.

Watch this video to see how this “supertall” will look, just feet away from a historic district.

Community groups, elected officials ( see letter ) and preservationists have decried these voids and other zoning loopholes in recent months. Some "supertalls" have 100-foot-high boiler rooms and oversized mechanical spaces scattered throughout the buildings. 

Please email Marisa Lago, Chair of the City Planning Department , and tell her act now and refuse to allow voids at this and other buildings. The deadline for zoning challenges to 34 West 66th Street is September 9.  

Message: Stop Voids Now. Don’t allow a 200 foot void at 34 West 66th Street. 

Upper Manhattan
Conservancy Urges LPC to Protect Inwood Before Rezoning

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is studying a small historic district of detached houses in the northern section of Inwood. While we applaud that effort, it is not enough. We identified a larger central district and several individual landmarks in our survey of the area ( see list and slide show ). This is an architecturally cohesive historic neighborhood that deserves greater protection.

The Conservancy will continue to push meaningful landmarking in Inwood now that the City Council has approved a modified version of the Adminstration’s upzoning plan for Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood. 

Work Finally Underway at Erasmus Hall Academy

We are happy to report that the $700,000 in funding generously provided by the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, has enabled the restoration work at the 1786 Erasmus Hall Academy to commence. The first phase includes the replacement of the roofing, and repair of the dormer windows and chimneys.

This work will halt water leaks and put an end to the interior damage they have caused. The second phase, which will begin immediately after the first phase, will include the repair and repainting of the clapboard facades, repair and repainting of the front and rear porches and repair and repainting of the wood windows. We plan to re-visit the site in late September.
This work is the culmination of a decades long campaign by Erasmus High School alumni and the Conservancy.

Eltingville, Staten Island
Conservancy Launches a $150,000 Campaign to Stabilize Historic Olmsted Farmhouse on Staten Island

We are now working with the Parks Department to save this nationally important site and are seeking to raise $150,000 for immediate priority repairs. The Olmsted Farmhouse dates in part to the late 1600’s and is an early city landmark. Park officials have asked the Conservancy to raise the private funds so that priority repairs can be undertaken in a timely fashion. We are basing our scope of work and budget on a January 2018 Conditions Assessment Report we commissioned from Jan Hird Pokorny Associates.

The house and site are rare and valuable resources for New York City. The Conservancy has formed a group of noted Parks and Civic leaders to demonstrate the importance of the site and the need for urgent repairs. They include: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Lynden B Miller, Gordon J Davis, Ric Burns, Kent Barwick, Bernadette Castro, Kenneth T Jackson, Tupper Thomas, Richard J Moylan, Charles Birnbaum, and Adrian Benepe.

The proposed work will reverse some the ongoing deterioration that the house has suffered in recent years and will help stabilize and preserve it until the Parks Department can fund a full restoration of the house and open it and the surrounding public park to the public. So far, the Parks Department has cleaned up the grounds and has begun to sort through and clean out the interior.

A Friends Group is also being formed on Staten Island to support restoration of the house and the City Park in which it sits. 

Blueprint Video Series
Conservancy President included in salute to historic Green-Wood

Watch the new video from NYC Media series " Blueprint" on the 1838 Green-Wood Cemetery with interviews from Conservancy President, Peg Breen.

Green-wood is one of the Nation’s first rural cemeteries and is a National Historic Landmark in the Gowanus Hills of Brooklyn. It is celebrated for its collection of art and architecture, beautiful landscaping and horticulture, and of course for the famous stories and people that rest in peaceful residence. It even inspired the City’s most iconic public parks like Central Park. 

Mystery Landmark
Did You Identify This Mystery Landmark?

It's the New Dorp Light in Staten Island constructed in 1854 and designated a City Landmark in 1967.

It served as a former Coast Guard navigation beacon that aided ships traveling through the Swash Channel from 1856 to 1964. No longer in use, it has been adapted as a private residence. Click here for more info.

The building was correctly identified by Linda Farrell and her favorite landmark is the beautiful Chrysler Building in Midtown Manhattan.
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