There’s no denying the fact that the face of Manhattan has drastically changed over the past few decades. Indeed, the grungy, grimy, and seedy Columbus Circle in Martin Scorcese’s classic Taxi Driver is almost unrecognizable compared to the clean, bright and touristy Columbus Circle of today. Manhattan is undoubtedly a much nicer place to live now than then–but hardly anyone can afford to in what’s now one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country. It’s next to impossible to find cheap housing.
If you’re the owner of a landmarked building in New York City, you’re likely well-aware of what a pain the landmark status can be for your wallet.
Doing any sort of construction work on landmark buildings tends to be a real headache—not only do you have to file permits with the DOB, but with the LPC as well, which can lengthen an already byzantine process. Thankfully, under certain circumstances, you can apply for what’s known as a “Expedited Review for a Certificate of No Effect,” which can be a big help speeding things up. In order to be eligible, the proposed work must meet ALL of the following criteria: More Info
Aside from minor building upkeep, essentially all construction work requires a permit from the Department of Buildings. However, depending on the nature of the work being done, you may need to apply for additional permits from other city agencies, as well: More Info
The city agency charged with protecting historically, culturally, and architecturally buildings in the city, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, must issue a permit for all construction work done on protected buildings. There are three basic permits the LPC issues:
The printed word is dying. Newspapers are becoming a dying relic, and bookstores everywhere are shuttering their doors. To the dismay of many New Yorkers, the famous Midtown bookstore Rizzoli Bookstore became another casualty April 15th when the century-old building will be shuttered for good and demolished to make way for new construction. After a failed attempt to landmark the building to ensure its preservation, supporters are now calling for a change to the landmarking process. More Info
Following the unpopular destruction of Penn Station and resulting outcry in 1965, the government established the Landmark Preservation Commission to protect the city’s most culturally and historically relevant buildings from suffering a similar fate. More Info