Theatres are Safe: Facing Objections, LPC Drops Proposal to Shorten List of Potential Landmarks

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Following objections from preservationists, the Landmarks Preservation Commission dropped its proposal to remove 100 historic structures, including five Broadway theatres, from its oversight, according to the New York Times.

The New York Times reported that the proposal, which was up for a commission vote on Dec. 9, would affect structures and districts that have been "calendered" since 1965, when the commission was formed to protect New York City’s historic structures.

Playbill.com has learned that the list of theatres includes the Empire Theatre, the Liberty Theater, the Lyric Theatre, the Times Square Theater and the Victory Theater.

Theatres with calendared interiors include the New Apollo Theater interior, the Selwyn Theater interior, the Lyric Theatre interior, the Times Square Theater interior and the Victory Theater interior.

Calendering, which is the first step in a public review process, acknowledges that property is worthy of consideration. Eighty of the properties have been on the books for more than 20 years, including 26 first proposed in 1966, and all of them have gone at least five years without a vote.

The Times reported that the Dec. 9 vote would not result in any of the buildings being in immediate danger. Calling the proposal hurried and lacking transparency, preservationists objected to the proposal. 

Properties also included Bergdorf Goodman and President Chester A. Arthur's house in Manhattan; the Snug Harbor Historic District and Princess Bay Lighthouse on Staten Island; Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn; and the Pepsi sign in Long Island City, Queens.

LPC chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan told the Times that the process is intended to help the LPC function better by clearing its "backlog" of items, saying, "This is all about clearing out projects that are not active so we can focus on ones that are."

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