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The Year of Living Dangerously


I remember standing outside Zabar’s at 7:30 one Saturday morning in one of the little yellow-taped sidewalk squares marked six

A Stunning Example of Adaptive Reuse


I was very happy to be standing in line in the cold wind this past Saturday morning waiting for The

We Need More Public Debate on the Governor’s and Speaker’s Plans for the City


Last week I explained why the Conservancy opposes the Governor’s plans to level large areas around Penn Station for huge

Why We Oppose the Governor’s and Speaker’s Plans for the City


Governor Andrew Cuomo and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson have big plans for the City. Most residents probably haven’t heard

Landmarks Commission Promotes Appropriate Development


Preservation isn’t perfect. But preservation has contributed to New York’s economy, tourism, identity, and livability for the last 56 years.

The Last Best Place


Millions of New Yorkers and visitors love Governors Island as an oasis. And what’s not to love? Historic forts, a

Planning Together


Towers in the South Street Seaport Historic District. Upzoning in SoHo and NoHo. An out-of-scale hospital on the Upper East Side.

New Year…New Entrance to New York


There were lots of people exploring Moynihan Train Hall last Saturday morning. Taking pictures. Pointing. Staring at the sky through

Conservancy President Honored “Responsible 100”


I’m pleased that City and State has included me in their list of the “The 2020 Responsible 100” honoring individuals “whose

Historic Districts Under Attack Again


When I left the City Council years ago to join the Landmarks Conservancy, one City Hall reporter quipped that I

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