Landmark West

Landmark West Landmark West! is a member-based non-profit that works to achieve landmark status for individual buildings and historic districts on the Upper West Side.
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As the grassroots voice for historic preservation, we pursue a broad range of community activities, including: Special Events and Public Programs, Advocacy, Leadership, Online Resources, Keeping the Past for the Future, Certificate of Appropriateness Committee, Retail Assistance Program.

Mission: Since 1985, Landmark West!, an award-winning non-profit, has worked to achieve landmark status for individual buildings and historic districts on the Upper West Side and to protect them from insensitive change and demolition. We are the proud curator of nearly 3,500 designated architectural and cultural landmarks from 59th to 110th Streets, Central Park to Riverside Park. We are dedicated to building community and promoting awareness of our neighborhood's special character.

Operating as usual

Love history? Our friends at The Gotham Center for NYC History have launched GothamEd,  a new, year-round program offeri...
01/15/2021

Love history? Our friends at The Gotham Center for NYC History have launched GothamEd, a new, year-round program offering deep, interactive learning on a broad range of topics including suffragettes, labor movements in Gotham, and even plans for Central Park that never happened. Click to learn more: www.GothamEd.com

A Must-see on the people and spaces at the Hotel des Artistes! Packed with photos and untold stories of so many artists ...
01/15/2021
The Artists & Studios of the Hotel des Artistes

A Must-see on the people and spaces at the Hotel des Artistes! Packed with photos and untold stories of so many artists and celebrities at 1 W. 67th Street. Only $5 for LW members!

A rare look at the "army of artists" who have passed through the famed lobby of the Hotel des Artistes with Robert Hudovernik. He shares archival photos unearthed for his just-released book on the "slice of Paris on W. 67th Street" where great painters, sculptors, writers, illustrators, actors, and....

One night only - 8 fantastic buildings - all on National Register - all on W.67th Street!
01/05/2021
LW! Public Programs - LANDMARK WEST

One night only - 8 fantastic buildings - all on National Register - all on W.67th Street!

West 67th Street Artists’ Colony Historic District Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:30pm – 7:45pm Via Zoom Share in an exquisite architectural journey along one of the most significant concentrations of artists’ studio apartment buildings in Manhattan–the eight buildings of the West 67th Street...

UWS Women showing how to make rights happen! This Thursday 6:30pm
11/16/2020
Upper West Side Women’s Suffrage

UWS Women showing how to make rights happen! This Thursday 6:30pm

Did you know that many important figures in the Suffrage Movement lived on the Upper West Side? From mansions to jail-cells, petitions to posies, pageants to protests, the women of the UWS - some staid and some scandalous - were there. Historian Nina E. Harkrader takes us deep into the fascinating h...

A fantastic FREE program on the NYC Subway map with John Tauranac-who will reveal his own brand new map as well as take ...
11/16/2020
How to Map your Subway

A fantastic FREE program on the NYC Subway map with John Tauranac-who will reveal his own brand new map as well as take us through tales and fails of trying to map the subway!

Mapping the NYC subway is the ultimate puzzle- and incredibly fun for people like Upper West Sider, historian and map maker John Tauranac. He'll share historic subway maps, including the recent digitized approach, and guide us through mapping highs and lows, successes and epic fails. A special "insi...

Tuesday 10/20: A special program by history fan favorite Tom Miller (aka the "Daytonian in Manhattan" blogger) leading a...
10/14/2020
West 72nd Queen of Streets

Tuesday 10/20: A special program by history fan favorite Tom Miller (aka the "Daytonian in Manhattan" blogger) leading a time-bending online tour of West 72nd Street from Riverside Drive to Central Park!

Don't miss this special program by history fan favorite Tom Miller (aka the "Daytonian in Manhattan" blogger) for a time-bending online tour of West 72nd Street from Riverside Drive to Central Park. Historic photos and fascinating details of the past help us understand what was built and who lived a...

Learn the amazing history of this special building at 102nd and West End Avenue on 10/27!
10/14/2020
The St. Andoche and the Marvelous Maggie Mitchell

Learn the amazing history of this special building at 102nd and West End Avenue on 10/27!

Built in 1895, the St. Andoche is a little building with a big name. Its solid construction is thanks to the fortune that bankrolled it -- one amassed by Maggie Mitchell, powerhouse of the American stage in the Civil War era. Caitlin Hawke shares the story of both the actress and “her” UWS build...

Coming next Thursday- Evening program (6:30-7:30) on famous UWS portraitist Howard Chandler Christy
09/29/2020
The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy

Coming next Thursday- Evening program (6:30-7:30) on famous UWS portraitist Howard Chandler Christy

During the first half of the 20th century, an elite brotherhood of New York City artists called the “Illustrators of Beauty” dominated the publishing world, becoming the equivalent of modern day rock stars. The dean of this group was Howard Chandler Christy. Join LW! for a live Zoom with Jim Hea...

Next Thursday: Dan Czitrom tells the story of New York’s first major cop scandal and the investigation that showed the p...
09/17/2020
New York Exposed

Next Thursday: Dan Czitrom tells the story of New York’s first major cop scandal and the investigation that showed the public just how rigged the system really was...

Dan Czitrom tells the story of New York’s first major cop scandal and the investigation that showed the public just how rigged the system really was.

Launched and Live!With our friends Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Members Ben Kallos and Helen Rosenth...
06/29/2020

Launched and Live!
With our friends Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Members Ben Kallos and Helen Rosenthal and the Columbus Avenue BID, LANDMARK WEST launched THEY WERE HERE - a new website filled with the rich history of the immigrants who lived and worked on Columbus Avenue. Explore the website and share in this incredible UWS history!

Meet Sara Teasdale, Upper West Sider and Pulitzer Prize Winning PoetBorn in St. Louis in 1884, Sara lived a sheltered li...
04/21/2020

Meet Sara Teasdale, Upper West Sider and Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

Born in St. Louis in 1884, Sara lived a sheltered life, but from a young age was committed to writing lyric poetry. She was also determined to one day live in New York City...(Read full article at www.landmarkwest.org)

COMMUNITY WINS at 200 Amsterdam! Judge revokes DOB permits due to gerrymandered lot loophole and orders developer to dem...
02/18/2020
Going Soon! From a Neighborhood Near You - LANDMARK WEST

COMMUNITY WINS at 200 Amsterdam! Judge revokes DOB permits due to gerrymandered lot loophole and orders developer to demolish floors back to the proper zoning limit! MAS and CESD led the good fight...

CONGRATULATIONS to our colleagues, both the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development (CFESD) and the Municipal Art Society (MAS) on their win–and to many more! Huge KUDOS to the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development and the Municipal Art Society on their legal decision against 200...

Coming up Jan. 28th - Incredible aerial images of the UWS!
01/22/2020

Coming up Jan. 28th - Incredible aerial images of the UWS!

Hope for Fairway afterall? Fingers crossed!
01/22/2020
Fairway Market Denies It Is Filing for Bankruptcy Again

Hope for Fairway afterall?
Fingers crossed!

Fairway Market denies it has unleashed its swan song, disputing reports that it filed for bankruptcy a second time and was preparing to close all of its stores, the popular tri-state grocery chain said Wednesday. The New York Post had said the chain was filing for bankruptcy, but Fairway Market rele...

Halloween on W. 69th Street - Spiders and Ghouls Galore!
11/01/2019

Halloween on W. 69th Street - Spiders and Ghouls Galore!

Come explore EgyptOmania tomorrow night with one of the world's foremost experts on mummies, Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier!
10/28/2019
EgyptOmania with "Mr. Mummy" Dr. Bob Brier - LANDMARK WEST

Come explore EgyptOmania tomorrow night with one of the world's foremost experts on mummies, Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier!

Tuesday, October 29th 6:30-7:45pm 35 W. 67th St. Special 2-for-1 Tickets for LW! Partner+ Members! Dr. Bob Brier, one of the world’s foremost experts on mummies and Egyptology, excavates the events that fanned the flames of Egyptomania from the late 1800s through the 1930s. He’ll dig deep into N...

Violets For Her Furs: The UWS’s UnSung Neighbor, Billie Holiday - LANDMARK WEST
09/30/2019
Violets For Her Furs: The UWS’s UnSung Neighbor, Billie Holiday - LANDMARK WEST

Violets For Her Furs: The UWS’s UnSung Neighbor, Billie Holiday - LANDMARK WEST

Wednesday, October 16th 6:30-7:45pm 35 W. 67th St. Special 2-for-1 Tickets for LW! Partner+ Members! It is little known that jazz legend Billie Holiday’s last home was on the Upper West Side, the garden apartment of a brownstone at 26 West 87th Street. It was in this modest space that she basked i...

The Forgotten “Father of Greater New York” - LANDMARK WEST
09/30/2019
The Forgotten “Father of Greater New York” - LANDMARK WEST

The Forgotten “Father of Greater New York” - LANDMARK WEST

Thursday, October 3rd 6:30-7:45pm 45 W. 67th St. Special 2-for-1 Tickets for LW! Partner+ Members! Incredibly, much of what we all think of as quintessential New York City–Central Park, the NY Public Library, the Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History–is due to the Herculean efforts of one ...

LW! Executive Director Sean Khorsandi is interviewed about 50 W. 66th Street Supertall development at last week's hearin...
08/14/2019
LW's Sean Khorsandi on Fox5 re 50 W. 66th Street Supertall - LANDMARK WEST

LW! Executive Director Sean Khorsandi is interviewed about 50 W. 66th Street Supertall development at last week's hearing before the BSA: "The city has fallen behind, for sure, in regulating mechanical voids and a series of loopholes..."

LW! Executive Director Sean Khorsandi is interviewed about developers’ attempts to take advantage of zoning loopholes to build a Supertall tower at 50 W. 66th Street. Fox5 caught up with Sean outside the Board of Stand and Appeals during LW’s hearing last week:

Thanks to everyone who came out to the BSA and shared their testimonies!
08/08/2019
What Happened Yesterday at the BSA: Defining the Realm of the Absurd - LANDMARK WEST

Thanks to everyone who came out to the BSA and shared their testimonies!

On Tuesday, August 6th neighbors, friends, electeds and lawyers from across the Upper West Side gathered on all too familiar ground–the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA). The goal? To decipher whether or not 36 West 66th Street (aka 50 West 66th Street) complies with zoning. To reach a decision...

CM Helen Rosenthal Backs LW's Appeal of 50 W. 66th St. Permits:
08/08/2019
Helen Rosenthal at BSA: "I'm asking the BSA to...take a stand for our community and the zoning guidelines established to protect it." - LANDMARK WEST

CM Helen Rosenthal Backs LW's Appeal of 50 W. 66th St. Permits:

Council Member Helen Rosenthal gave testimony before the BSA on August 7 in support of Landmark West! and the community’s appeal against the permits for the 50 W. 66th Street proposed development. Her 8/8/2019 e-newsletter highlighted her position (emphasis added): “I was proud to testify at the...

"The mechanical void loophole is as brazen a developer parlor trick as it gets, and it is vital that the State step in t...
02/22/2019
Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal Lowers the Roof on Excess - LANDMARK WEST

"The mechanical void loophole is as brazen a developer parlor trick as it gets, and it is vital that the State step in to fill the regulatory void that exists,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal

New York State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal has introduced state legislation A.5026 aimed at closing the mechanical void loophole. Expanding on an existing zoning text amendment proposed by the New York City Department of City Planning-which is working its way through Community Boards on its way....

Mechanical Voids Are Highbrow/Despicable According to New York Magazine's The Approval Matrix: Week of February 4, 2019:...
02/05/2019

Mechanical Voids Are Highbrow/Despicable According to New York Magazine's The Approval Matrix: Week of February 4, 2019: "So it's perfectly legal right now for developers to put 160-feet tall "mechanical voids" in their buildings to give apartments higher priced views?"

Neighbors Prevail in Fight Against Extell Voids on 66th Street!
01/17/2019
Neighbors Prevail! LW! Wins a Round Against DOB in 36 W. 66th Street Battle - LANDMARK WEST

Neighbors Prevail in Fight Against Extell Voids on 66th Street!

With many thanks to our A-Team of Attorneys: John Low-Beer, Chuck Weinstock and Zoning Expert George Janes, and YOU, our UWS Neighbors, the Department of Buildings has issued an Intent to Revoke Approval against their prior approval to amend the development at 36 West 66th Street aka 50 West 66th St...

Will Mom and Pop Shops Finally Get Some Protection? Monday 1pm Public Hearing on Small Business Jobs Survival Act - LAND...
10/18/2018
Will Mom and Pop Shops Finally Get Some Protection? Monday 1pm Public Hearing on Small Business Jobs Survival Act - LANDMARK WEST

Will Mom and Pop Shops Finally Get Some Protection? Monday 1pm Public Hearing on Small Business Jobs Survival Act - LANDMARK WEST

For the first time since 2009, the City Council Committee on Small Business will hold a public hearing on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA). The Bill (Intro. 737-A) is similar to one first proposed in 1986 by then-Council Member Ruth Messinger of the Upper West Side. The hearing is this M...

RCI Memories a Family Affair - LANDMARK WEST
10/16/2018
RCI Memories a Family Affair - LANDMARK WEST

RCI Memories a Family Affair - LANDMARK WEST

A large crowd of present and previous Upper West Siders came together to hear author Jen Rubin and journalist Amy Harmon talk UWS neighborhood, family, and small business. Lots of local love was in evidence as the duo shared memories of the Rubin family business, RCI, especially when Jen and Amy cal...

“Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles”: LW! Author’s Talk with Fran Leadon - LANDMARK WEST
10/04/2018
“Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles”: LW! Author’s Talk with Fran Leadon - LANDMARK WEST

“Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles”: LW! Author’s Talk with Fran Leadon - LANDMARK WEST

“Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles” A LW! Author’s Talk with Fran Leadon Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30-7:45pm 35 W. 67th Street Partner-level Members Get 2-for-1 Tickets! Broadway, as locals all know, is much more than just the few blinding blocks of Times Square. On the U...

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to de Blasio: Next LPC Chair Should Have “A Record of Supporting Our City’s Historic ...
08/02/2018
Experienced Candidate Wanted - LANDMARK WEST

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to de Blasio: Next LPC Chair Should Have “A Record of Supporting Our City’s Historic Heritage”

Experienced Candidate Wanted City Council Speaker: Next LPC Chair Should Have “A Record of Supporting Our City’s Historic Heritage” In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has called for the next Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair to be someone wit...

The Next Step: LPC to Hold Hearing for Revised Rules Changes - LANDMARK WEST
07/31/2018
The Next Step: LPC to Hold Hearing for Revised Rules Changes - LANDMARK WEST

The Next Step: LPC to Hold Hearing for Revised Rules Changes - LANDMARK WEST

The Next Step LPC to Hold Hearing for Revised Rules Changes Earlier this year, LANDMARK WEST! joined neighbors and fellow advocacy groups to speak out in opposition to the Landmark Preservation Commission’s proposed rules changes. LW! had four major concerns (you can read our full testimony here),...

Feeling frustrated by the rise of supertalls? You're not alone. An op-ed in Crain's from our neighbor Chris Giordano loo...
07/27/2018
Op-Ed: A Tower of 775 feet, and We Can't Say One Word - LANDMARK WEST

Feeling frustrated by the rise of supertalls? You're not alone. An op-ed in Crain's from our neighbor Chris Giordano looks at the issue.

“Aggressive developers are being given permission to radically alter the skyline and livability of our city, while citizens are denied the opportunity to participate in the process.” In an Op-Ed in today’s Crains NY Business, Chris Giordano, president of the 65th & 66th Streets Block Associati...

Now that the wheels are in motion, be sure to check www.landmarkwest.org/abc for updates.
07/06/2018
ABC deal to close next week! - LANDMARK WEST

Now that the wheels are in motion, be sure to check www.landmarkwest.org/abc for updates.

The The Real Deal reports that Silverstein properties has attained $800M in loans from Deutsche Bank for his purchase of the 2.6 acre assembly of ABC properties on the Upper West Side. The Real Deal expects the block to be demolished and also cites that ABC will likely be in a sale/lease-back scenar...

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