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Landmarkapalooza Spreads to the Bronx, and Elsewhere

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THE BRONX, EVERYWHERE?In addition to Greenwich Village, the Landmarks Preservation Commission had the Bronx on its mind today?and a whole bunch of other 'hoods, for that matter. The LPC landmarked Melrose's Haffen Building, a century-old, seven-story, Beaux-Arts style building at 2804 Third Avenue, as well as the Noonan Plaza Apartments at 105-149 West 168th Street, an Art Deco rental complex built in 1931 that's now Section 8 housing. But the LPC was just getting warmed up.

The guardians also calendared six Manhattan buildings for public hearings on their way to landmark designation: The Hotel Wolcott at 4 West 31st St. (c. 1904), the Mills Hotel #3 at 485 Seventh Avenue (1907), the Madison Belmont Building at 181 Madison Avenue (1926), 500 Fifth Avenue (1931), the Engineers' Club at 32 West 40th Street (1907) and the Grand Street Playhouse at 466 Grand Street (1915). But that's not all!

The LPC then held hearings on one potential historic district and 11 potential landmarks. The historic district, as mentioned yesterday, is the Bronx's Grand Concourse. You can read about all this stuff and the 11 soon-to-be landmarks (including the Loew's Canal Theater, which the owner wants preserved), in the LPC's press release, but here's a bonus: An old photo of the garden court that once existed at the Noonan Plaza Apartments. What, wild swans don't roam the Bronx anymore? [CurbedWire Inbox]