As recently reported on DNAinfo New York, the Landmark Preservation Commission continues to refuse to schedule a public hearing to vote on landmark designation for 31 W 57th Street.
We would like to make it clear that this does not preclude the Landmarks Preservation Commission from scheduling a public hearing in the near future.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s stance on 31 West 57th Street remains unchanged from its earlier position that these buildings—29, 31, 33, and 35 West 57th Street—do not meet landmark criteria. However, their evaluation was not put to a vote by the Commission. The entire basis of their inaction rests on a very brief third-party property evaluation report filed in 2007. Their decision is not final and can always be revisited.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission must be convinced that they have an obligation to save buildings of historic interest and architectural merit. If you haven’t already done so, now is an excellent time to write to the Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Robert B. Tierney, and let him know the Rizzoli building deserves landmark designation.