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CurbedWire: Big Day at Landmarks Preservation Commission

PROSPECT HEIGHTS & BEYOND?After a long day of hot preservation action, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has issued a press release summarizing the day's highlights. Biggest headline: the creation of the 1) Prospect Heights Historic District, an 850-building chunk of the 'hood bounded by Atlantic Avenue to the north, Eastern Parkway to the south, Flatbush Avenue to the west and Washington Avenue to the east (here's how it looks compared to the Atlantic Yards footprint). There were also three individual landmarks designated: 2) 94 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan, 3) Mount Olive Fire Baptized Holiness Church at 304 West 122nd Street in Harlem and the 4) John Peirce Residence at 11 East 51st Street in Midtown. For the history and background of each, check out the LPC's summary (warning: PDF). Now, on to the rest of the action.

The South Village Historic District and the extension of the Soho Historic District were both calendared for LPC discussion, and 17 more individual landmarks received LPC hearings on their journey to potential protection, indlucing the LES's totally awesome (and for sale?) Jarmulowsky Bank Building. "Collectively, today's actions represent the biggest single-day record of designation activity this Commission has seen in recent memory," LPC Chairman Robert Tierney said. Dude, didn't you know Spring Designation Day already happened?! [CurbedWire Inbox]