NYC Demolition Review support

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 10, 2008 at 7:55 am

NEW YORK, NY — Many cities have adopted Demolition Review amendments to their local zoning codes to prevent destroying historic, but undesignated historic treasures. NYC is way behind the curve on this one. But on June 9, 2008, the 93rd Street Beautification Association submitted a proposed Demolition Review amendment to the NYC Council.

The Demolition Review amendment is currently under consideration by members of the NYC Council. Please help move this amendment into law by showing your support for protecting our city’s historic treasures ! Thanks !!!

It only takes 60 seconds:

Please simply cut & paste the note below, adding your name and street address (as politicians only pay attention to voters). It doesn’t matter if they all get the same exact message – they just count heads !

The message should be addressed to: Council Member Melinda Katz, Chair, Land Use Committee, Council Member Jessica Lappin, Council Member David Weprin , Council Member Dan Garodnick and Council member Tony Avella

Please copy (cc): Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer , Counsel NYC LPC, Mark Silberman, .gov
and so we can keep track of this important correspondence. The other recipients of the amendment can be copied or blind copied by cutting & pasting the email list below this sample message:

SUBJECT LINE: In the Subject line please write: Demolition Review. That way, the Council Members will see the same subject coming in from different NYC residents and they will pay more attention.


Dear Council Members Katz, Lappin, Weprin, Avella & Garodnick,

I strongly support the Proposed Amendment to the NYC Zoning Code known as “Demolition Review” and submitted on June 9, 2008 by the 93rd Street Beautification Association.

Without this necessary change, NYC’s historic structures and neighborhoods, along with their history, will disappear, destroying what we know as the City of New York.

I strongly urge the NYC Council to immediately adopt the “Demolition Review” Amendment before NYC’s neighborhoods are completely stripped of their character, cultural heritage and architectural history !

Thank you for your interest in the concerns of NYC’s residents.

with best regards,


Please be sure to share this entire email with anyone (with a NYC address) who you think might care about protecting NYC’s neighborhoods:

Here is the EMAIL LIST of Recipients you can cut & paste into the cc or bc section of your message.,,
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Comments (3)

NativeForestHiller on July 15, 2008 at 11:21 am

This could be one of the most significant pieces of legislation in the past decade, to protect our remaining theaters that are not landmarked, as well as our remaining historic infrastructure that’s endangered. It only takes a few moments to follow the directions above, so I strongly advise everyone to proceed, as well as spread the word to your family, friends, & colleagues in a mass e-mail. Thank you!

  • Michael Perlman
    Rego-Forest Preservation Council, Chair
EcRocker on February 26, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Wow where was this 10 years ago? It’s nice to know that Ridgewood has got a date with the NYC LPC in March but thats one place out of many that can still be saved but unfortunatley some of these landmarks have gone the way of the wreckers ball.


NativeForestHiller on February 26, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Our politicians were asleep at the wheel, and some spitefully ignored it. The exception is Councilmember Tony Avella (Mayoral Candidate), who seems quite interested, and would like to study it further.

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