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Landmarks Moves to Clear Backlog With Seven New Designations

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Includes four sites on Staten Island and three in Manhattan

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) moved forward on its resolve to designate backlogged items on its agenda by creating eight new landmarks on Tuesday (one of the eight was not part of the backlog). Just some of the sites that were landmarked include Prince’s Bay Lighthouse on Staten Island — one of the oldest surviving lighthouse complexes on the island, and St. Joseph of the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, in Manhattan, which is the oldest church building in continuous use north of 44th Street.

In February this year, the LPC decided to prioritize the landmarking of 30 backlogged items out of a total 95 by the year’s end. In April, the Commission created eight new landmarks including the Pepsi-Cola sign in Queens, and parts of the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, as part of that effort. The designations today mean that the commission has now acted on half of the prioritized properties.

Apart from the two mentioned above, the other five properties landmarked as part of the backlog initiative include the George William and Anna Curtis House on Staten Island, an Italianate style country house built in 1859 and once home to reformist George William Curtis; St. John’s Rectory, also on the island and a good example of an early, stand alone Queen Anne style home; and a Greek Revival style house at 92 Harrison Street, also on Staten Island.

In Manhattan, a palazzo style building at 315 Broadway was designated, as was the St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in East Harlem. The eighth property landmarked on Tuesday, that was not part of the backlog, was the The Former Firehouse, Engine Company 29, one of the city’s earliest surviving police stations, located at 160 Chambers Street.