The City Club of New York sponsored a Park Avenue Preservation Tour on the evening of July 14. Francoise Bollack, Chair of the Preservation Committee, and Jeffrey Kroessler, President, walked the participants through the preservation battles that have shaped and continue to shape Park Avenue, and identified buildings that merit designation. 

The 2017 upzoning of East Midtown, the blocks once known as Terminal City, meant that no building was too historic, or too big to be demolished and replaced. Significant structures are now threatened, and the Union Carbide Building at 270 Park Avenue is now gone. A plan to replace the former Hotel Commodore is advancing. 

Highlights of the tour included what was once an automobile showroom designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Seagram Building, Lever House, St. Bartholomew’s, and the Postum Building, concluding at Grand Central Terminal. Each has a preservation tale to tell.

Following are some photos from the tour.  

Recorded events:

Governors Island: The Wrong Way Forward

Following is a recording of our March 31 event:

Past Events

September 17, 2019 BSA to rule on 36 (50) W 66th St appeal. 10am, 22 Reade St, NY, NY

September 10, 2019: Rescheduled date for NYS Supreme Court hearing to obtain Environmental Review for Fort Greene Park’s renovation proposal. 80 Center Street, NY, NY (Room 122) 9:30am.

September 10, 2019: Continuation of hearing for 36 (aka 50) West 66th St, Manhattan, at the Board of Standards and Appeals. Sessions begin at 10am. 22 Reade St, NY, NY. Continuation is third on the agenda, which is subject to change.

September 3, 2019: Special meeting – The City Planning Commission will vote on the NYC Borough-Based Jail System proposal at a Special Meeting at 12 noon. The meeting will take place in the Commission’s hearing room at 120 Broadway, concourse level.

August 22, 2019: 9:15am Court hearing for Fort Greene Park’s renovation. 80 Center Street, NY, NY (Part 62 Room 122) postponed

August 6, 2019: NYC Board of Standards and Appeals public hearing for 50 West 66th St.

The Trunk Line: The Future Beyond the Gateway Tunnel, November 18, 2018 (learn more).

2017 Anniversary Party, November 14, 2017.