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"Amen!!! I have watched as the few remaining remnents of midtown Manhattan's past get destroyed. (I am all for development - build up all of Manhattan west of 9th avenue!). The Drake gone, the Automat on 57th street gone. beautiful townhouses between 5th and 6th on west 56th st (Centurian condo site) west 55th street (to be demolished).. now East 57th street by Macklowe Drake site....not to mention others. Where is Tierney from Landmarks? or the mayor ? or Amanda Burden? within a landmark district you can't change a paint color without a hearing, but outside, forget it! do whatever you want. there has to be medium." [Why the Landmarks Commission Sucks Per the NYT]