The Coalition for a Livable West Side is proud of the community effort led by the West End Avenue Preservation Society to preserve West End Avenue by having it designated an Historic District by the NYC Landmarks Commission (LPC).
We also commend the West 80s Neighborhood Association for their efforts to include West 86th Street from Riverside Drive to Central Park West in the proposed WEA Historic District.The Landmarks Preservation Commission has included West 86th Street but unfortunately stopped on the West side of Broadway and 86th Street.
After years spearheading the campaign to designate West End Avenue as a historic district, the West End Preservation Society (WEPS)
submitted its request to the LPC with their consultant's, Columbia University professor, Andrew Dolkart's 260-page study of the avenue’s architecture. His outstanding report convinced the LPC of the merits of designating West End Avenue as an Historic District. The LPC then examined side streets in the area to determine which should be added to the proposed WEA Historic District.
WEPS proudly announced the newly proposed West End Avenue Study Area for designation as an Historic District as defined by the Landmarks Preservation Commission at the Sept 15, 2010 meeting at PS 75 Manhattan.
Proposed Historic District Includes (see map below):
West End Ave: W. 70th - W. 107th Street; Riverside Drive: W. 70th - W. 109th Street; Parts of Broadway (West side): W. 70th - W. 109th Street; Much of the Cross Streets: W. 70th - W.109th Street;
The Owners Meeting, (9/15/10), was led by the top team of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), "...top team because it's very important to us and to you", said Chair Robert Tierney. Next step will be the LPC vote to place this proposal on their calendar for a public hearing. Chair Tierney said that this should happen in October. Once placed on the calendar,the community will need a monumental turnout out at these public hearings to show the LPC that the community at large supports this designation
Due to the enormity of this undertaking, a total of 745 buildings, the LPC will divide the district and the hearings into 3 geographical areas, extending the existing historic districts.
The community has been the heart and soul of this Designation Campaign. The community now has an opportunity to change New York City history, to protect and preserve West End Ave and so much more in perpetuity. Let's make this dream a reality.
Please reach out to everyone you know and invite friends and neighbors to support creating the West End Avenue Historic District by joining WEPS and adding their emails to their mailing list. Send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what you can do and how you can contribute financially to WEPS effort on behalf of the community.
WEPS will produce a massive mail campaign of letters and postcards to residents in all zip codes in the proposed district as well as members-on-the-street campaigns to hand out information and alert residents to upcoming public hearing segments.