Sarah Carroll, Chair, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

This post is based on a presentation made to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on January 19, 2021 by Chair Sarah Carroll and Executive Director Lisa Kersavage. (Click on the image below to watch)

The last year has been one of the most challenging our nation has faced, with attacks on democracy, the pandemic, with the loss of life, damage to the economy and how it exposed systemic failures, as well as the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and the despair and anger expressed subsequently. …


Each was a passionate preservationist and architect, who left a legacy of accomplishments.

By Sarah Carroll, Chair, Landmarks Preservation Commission

Landmarks like the Puck Building were designated under Norman and Platt

The Preservation and architectural community have recently suffered two great losses: architect and former Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Chair Gene A. Norman and architect and former LPC Vice Chair Charles A. Platt, who passed away on August 30th and August 18th, respectively. Each was a passionate preservationist and architect, who left a legacy of accomplishments. While they are no longer with us, their legacies live on through their work.

Norman, who served as LPC Chair from 1983 to 1989, was…


By Sarah Carroll, Chair, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

National Archives Photograph 208-PR-14M-1; Suffragette Parade in New York City; ca. 1912; Records of the Office of War Information

August 18, 2020 marks the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the constitutional right to vote. This significant achievement was the culmination of decades of organizing, campaigning, marching, and protest by women and men who believed in equity and justice. …


Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day march, 1970. Image courtesy of LGBT Center Archives

In celebration of Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of NYC’s Pride March, LPC reflects on the history of the pivotal site and events the march was first organized to commemorate. In recent years LPC has been seeking to ensure that the diversity of the city is reflected in our designations and that as an agency we are telling the full story of all New Yorkers. In 2015, LPC designated the Stonewall Inn in 2015, the first time a site was designated as a New York City Landmark primarily for its significance to LGBT history. …


Sarah Carroll, Chair, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

Outside of the March on Washington headquarters building at 170 W. 130th Street, in the Central Harlem West 130th-132nd Streets Historic District. © The Family of Werner Wolff and the Ryerson Image Centre, 1963

On this Juneteenth, a day that we recognize the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the United States, I want to honor and recognize the critically important contributions of African Americans to shaping New York City. I also want to affirm the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s continued commitment to inclusive designations and recognizing the complete story of the African American heritage and experience in New York City.

Our designated landmarks are a source of inspiration and a tangible connection to the past. On this day, I urge New Yorkers to learn more about…


Throughout New York City’s history, LGBTQ individuals have lived and worked in all five boroughs. As Pride Month 2020 nears its end, the Landmarks Preservation Commission celebrates three landmarks on Staten Island with documented LGBTQ significance, which together demonstrate the rich intellectual and cultural diversity of New York City across a remarkable scope of history.

Far from the crowds of Manhattan or Brooklyn, some of New York’s leading intellectuals, artists, and activists chose a more rural lifestyle on Staten Island. …


The agency is soliciting feedback to better assist our designated retailers, restaurants, and other commercial establishments to understand the challenges they have in reopening, and how it can help.

1158 Broadway, Madison Square North Historic District

Dear New Yorkers,

As the city gets ready to restart, we need to help make it easier for businesses to open quickly and thrive. The Landmarks Preservation Commission recognizes that commercial business owners play a critical role in returning vibrancy and economic stability to the city. Recovery will call for adapting commercial spaces and buildings to meet social distancing requirements and other safety measures…


Celebrating Three Centuries of the Hendrick I. Lott House

From Historic Homesteads of Kings County by Charles Adams Ditmas, published 1909. Courtsey: Wikipedia

The year 2020 marks the 300th birthday of the Hendrick I. Lott House, one of the oldest buildings in New York City. As part of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Love NYC Landmarks initiative to share informative and uplifting stories with New Yorkers that recognize and celebrate our city’s history and culture, we wanted to celebrate this landmark birthday by taking a thoughtful look back at its notable history and remarkable preservation.

When historian (and Lott descendant) Charles Andrew Ditmas published Historic Homesteads of Kings County in 1909, he…


Staying home and doing our part during this pandemic doesn’t mean we can’t still explore New York City’s historic neighborhoods. Technology enables us to do it virtually. Through text, photographs, 3-D maps, videos, and other interactive content, we can take a walk down the neighborhood and learn the history behind the buildings.

In 2018, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Central Harlem — West 130–132nd Streets Historic District, which is not only representative of Central Harlem’s residential architecture, but the rich social, cultural, and political life of its African American population in the 20th century. To illustrate the significance of…


Archaeology is the study of the past using the objects people have left behind that tell us something about how they lived and who they were. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has an Archaeology Department founded in 2002, and LPC staff has included an archaeologist since the 1980s. This department reviews proposed subsurface work subject to environmental review regulations and, for some sites, the Landmarks Law.

LPC’s Archaeology Department has a project called the New York City Archaeological Repository: The Nan A. Rothschild Center. …

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