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Heatmap: 10 Sites Facing Preservation Battles Right Now

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Fights over the historic preservation of buildings, blocks, and neighborhoods are a constant in this city, and each installment of our Preservation Watch Heatmap attempts to keep track of the ones that are currently most controversial. The latest update below contains 10 buildings and sites where significant preservation fights are now underway. Know of another we should add next time? Drop it in the comments or tell us via the tipline.

· Heatmap: 10 Sites Facing Preservation Battles Right Now [Curbed]
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1. Hopper-Gibbons House

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339 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001

The preservation fight over the Hopper-Gibbons House, Manhattan's only documented Underground Railroad site, has picked up again, with the Board of Standards and Appeals considering owner Tony Mamouas' application to keep a rooftop addition. The legality of that addition has been controversial for several years—the city already ordered Mamounas to take it down in late 2010, but he ignored the order. The rooftop is important to preservationists because it was the route by which people fled the house during the Draft Riots of 1863.

2. Roosevelt Hotel

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45 E 45th St.
New York, NY 10017
(212) 661-9600
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This is one of the 15 buildings preservationists deem endangered by the proposed upzoning around Grand Central Terminal. The 1925 building was designed by George B. Post and retained its original facade even after an extensive renovation in the 1990s. That's unusual among the hotels in the Terminal City area.

3. Grand Army Plaza Arch

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Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Empire State Building is nicely framed by the Grand Army Plaza Arch, and one local preservationist is worried it won't stay that way once a new Atlantic Yards tower rises 219 feet and blocks the view. He's circulating a petition in the hope of preventing this from happening.

4. Lincoln Building

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60 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

The Lincoln Building is another Grand Central-area site potentially threatened by a Midtown East rezoning. The 1930 structure, now the 49th tallest building in New York City, was designed by James Edwin Ruthven Carpenter Jr.

5. Hudson Square Rezoning

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375 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

The proposed rezoning of Hudson Square has brought preservationists out to fight once again for the landmarking of the South Village. They argue that Hudson Square's rezoning would put economic pressure on the South Village, leading to changes in the neighborhood. The City Planning Commission will hold its public hearing on the rezoning proposal tomorrow.

6. 27 East 4th Street

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27 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

The proposal for a nine-story hotel next to the Merchant's House has gotten no love from the Landmarks Preservation Commission or from the neighbors.

7. Bialystoker Nursing Home

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228 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

Where this particular preservation battle is right now: the Landmarks Preservation Commission is discussing whether to have a hearing to discuss the building's possible landmarking. Since the building has already been marketed as a "highly desirable" residential spot, this really does sound like the building's last chance.

8. Church of the Redeemer

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24 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, a 150-year-old Brooklyn house of worship, needs $8 million to fix itself up—the building had to close in June because it is unusable. Neighbors are working on raising the funds, but the church is also considering development options.

9. Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk

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Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224
(877) 712-6639
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Preservationists have been fighting the city's decision to replace the wood of the Coney Island boardwalk with concrete, and they say Hurricane Sandy bolsters their argument. The old wooden boardwalk filtered the seawater so that sand built up on top and underneath the boardwalk. The new concrete section of the boardwalk did not (according to opponents) block the sand so successfully.

10. Richmond Hill

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Atlantic Ave & 119th St
Queens, NY 11419

Twice denied by Landmarks, once in 2005 and previously this year, the proposed Richmond Hill Historic District may give it another try. The Richmond Hill Historical Society seeks to preserve the Victorian-style architecture of the neighborhood. The president of the historical society says “It’s more of an endeavor to preserve this kind of architecture…It’s for people to marvel at.” He also notes that the future attempt at LPC will propose a smaller area in order to better appeal to the LPC.

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1. Hopper-Gibbons House

339 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

The preservation fight over the Hopper-Gibbons House, Manhattan's only documented Underground Railroad site, has picked up again, with the Board of Standards and Appeals considering owner Tony Mamouas' application to keep a rooftop addition. The legality of that addition has been controversial for several years—the city already ordered Mamounas to take it down in late 2010, but he ignored the order. The rooftop is important to preservationists because it was the route by which people fled the house during the Draft Riots of 1863.

339 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001

2. Roosevelt Hotel

45 E 45th St., New York, NY 10017

This is one of the 15 buildings preservationists deem endangered by the proposed upzoning around Grand Central Terminal. The 1925 building was designed by George B. Post and retained its original facade even after an extensive renovation in the 1990s. That's unusual among the hotels in the Terminal City area.

45 E 45th St.
New York, NY 10017

3. Grand Army Plaza Arch

Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Empire State Building is nicely framed by the Grand Army Plaza Arch, and one local preservationist is worried it won't stay that way once a new Atlantic Yards tower rises 219 feet and blocks the view. He's circulating a petition in the hope of preventing this from happening.

Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11217

4. Lincoln Building

60 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

The Lincoln Building is another Grand Central-area site potentially threatened by a Midtown East rezoning. The 1930 structure, now the 49th tallest building in New York City, was designed by James Edwin Ruthven Carpenter Jr.

60 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

5. Hudson Square Rezoning

375 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

The proposed rezoning of Hudson Square has brought preservationists out to fight once again for the landmarking of the South Village. They argue that Hudson Square's rezoning would put economic pressure on the South Village, leading to changes in the neighborhood. The City Planning Commission will hold its public hearing on the rezoning proposal tomorrow.

375 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

6. 27 East 4th Street

27 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

The proposal for a nine-story hotel next to the Merchant's House has gotten no love from the Landmarks Preservation Commission or from the neighbors.

27 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

7. Bialystoker Nursing Home

228 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Where this particular preservation battle is right now: the Landmarks Preservation Commission is discussing whether to have a hearing to discuss the building's possible landmarking. Since the building has already been marketed as a "highly desirable" residential spot, this really does sound like the building's last chance.

228 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

8. Church of the Redeemer

24 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, a 150-year-old Brooklyn house of worship, needs $8 million to fix itself up—the building had to close in June because it is unusable. Neighbors are working on raising the funds, but the church is also considering development options.

24 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

9. Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk

Surf Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11224

Preservationists have been fighting the city's decision to replace the wood of the Coney Island boardwalk with concrete, and they say Hurricane Sandy bolsters their argument. The old wooden boardwalk filtered the seawater so that sand built up on top and underneath the boardwalk. The new concrete section of the boardwalk did not (according to opponents) block the sand so successfully.

Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224

10. Richmond Hill

Atlantic Ave & 119th St, Queens, NY 11419

Twice denied by Landmarks, once in 2005 and previously this year, the proposed Richmond Hill Historic District may give it another try. The Richmond Hill Historical Society seeks to preserve the Victorian-style architecture of the neighborhood. The president of the historical society says “It’s more of an endeavor to preserve this kind of architecture…It’s for people to marvel at.” He also notes that the future attempt at LPC will propose a smaller area in order to better appeal to the LPC.

Atlantic Ave & 119th St
Queens, NY 11419