Our Proactive Policy Agenda
Over the last 47 years, New York City’s Landmark Law has enhanced New York City by preserving and protecting its most noteworthy historic buildings and neighborhoods. However, there are many concerns about the manner in which the Law has been implemented, particularly in recent years as the number of properties under the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s jurisdiction has skyrocketed. Administration of the Landmarks Law must allow for consideration of the overall best interest of the City and provide flexibility to accommodate the City’s growing population, aging infrastructure, changing climate and evolving economy. Among the most important reforms that are needed are:
- The landmark designation process should be open and transparent, particularly to those property owners who will be most impacted by the decision.
- The Landmarks Law should be administered so that the best examples of New York City’s architectural and historic heritage continue to adapt and meet the needs of the citizens of the 21st Century.
- Landmark designations and oversight of landmark properties must be reconciled with other policy considerations that are critical to the growth and success of the City.
- A consistently high standard should be applied in determining whether an individual structure or district merits landmark protection.