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Though the Con Ed-owned IRT Powerhouse has twice been up for landmarking, the Municipal Art Society thinks the third time is the charm for the huge building on the block between Eleventh And Twelfth Avenues and 58th and 59th Streets: "By the 1950s, the building was no longer needed for the subway system and was given over to Con Ed, who still uses the building to provide steam for nearby property owners. The recent demolition of two other Con Ed powerhouses, the Waterside No. 2 Power Station on Manhattan’s east side and the Kent Avenue Power Plant in Williamsburg, have made the preservation of this structure all the more imperative." [MAS]