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Rizzoli Preservationists Still Hopeful; Harlem Low-Rise Updated

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MIDTOWN—The beloved Rizzoli Bookstore remains positive despite the Landmarks Preservation Commission's refusal to landmark its home at 31 West 57th Street. The designation would protect the building from developing duo LeFrak and Vornado Realty Trust, who have plans to demolish the building and its neighbors to build a high-rise condo. A Save Rizzoli Committee member writes us,

[This] is not final, nor a significant departure from their previous stance. The Commission has reversed their positions on whether to landmark buildings in the past, and with the entire Commissioners terms set to expire soon, there is still hope a public hearing can be calendared. The recent support of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has been encouraging.

The Committee's campaign to landmark the building continues at SaveRizzoli.org. [CurbedWire inbox; previously]

HARLEM—Jasper Venture Group has purchased a five-story, ten-unit low rise at 364 West 119th Street for rental redevelopment. The firm plans to retain the building's ornate exterior ironwork and stonework while adding modern amenities. It sounds also like they'll be slicing up existing units and making them smaller in order to "expand" on the building's current offerings. [CurbedWire inbox]