Petition to Save Rizzoli

Please follow the link below to sign a petition asking the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate 31 West 57th street, an individual and interior landmark.

Click here to sign the petition to designate 31 West 57th Street as an Individual and Interior Landmark (Change.org)

 

The Rizzoli Bookstore building is an icon of New York City architecture and one of the most beautiful commercial spaces in America. It is an impressive example of adaptive reuse of a former piano showroom into a retail space and one of the few remaining examples of architecturally significant bookstores in an era where bookstores are increasingly threatened.

Recently, Vornado and Le Frak Realty have announced plans to demolish the building in order to build a new high-rise. (International Business Times article)

The Landmarks Preservation Commission, whose mission is “to be responsible for protecting New York City’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings,” has declined to grant landmark status to the building on the grounds that the property “lacks the architectural significance necessary to meet the criteria for designation,” despite the Community Board voting unanimously in favor of designating 31 W 57TH Street a landmark in 2007 (Link to Community Board Resolution)

Peg Breen, President of NY Landmarks Conservancy, said “it’s unlikely at this point that the “three little gems” will be saved unless a public backlash is strong enough to convince city officials otherwise.”(Quoted in IBS article above)

Tell the Landmark Preservation Commission that 31 W 57th Street is architecturally significant and deserves landmark status!

13 comments

  1. I never was there, but it is unique and has more character and charm than the failed chain stores (Borders’ on North Dale Mabry 2 stores both reused as medical facilities. A Books A Million on Fowler (still vacant) and a location on East Bay Blvd. in Pinellas County.

  2. It’s difficult to believe that this building, both interior and exterior are not considered historically significant. Without the character of buildings like this, the neighborhood loses its character. I am very much in favor of preserving Rizzoli Bookstore.

  3. Save Rizzoli! We lost the Soho branch years ago – please, someone, please, place a value on the cultural institutions of our fair city before they all go the way the oft lamented Penn Station. Learn from the past lest we are destined to repeat it!

  4. Enough is enough. You will no longer tear down buildings of historic importance and architectural beauty only to replace them with your soulless, dateless glass and steel monstrosities.

  5. The last thing America needs to do is to tear down more historical buildings. Especially those that are small business owned and promote a pleasing place to promote books in ones life! Please don’t make Rizzoli’s another statistic! I would love to visit New York someday, and visit Rizzoli’s. Signed someone who respects history and books!

  6. What makes a city a great city is the variety of its building, buildings of all periods,of all styles, of all sizes and of all uses. This is an esthetic argument, an economic argument as Jane Jacobs demonstrated and therefore a quality of life argument. When we allow a deeply layered city to be rendered unidimensional – same uses, same building types, same sizes, same materials, same, same, same! – the city loses.

    Save these little buildings, save 57th street.

    Françoise Bollack, AIA, DESA.

  7. I’m unfamiliar with NYC’s landmark criteria but after reading the 2007 Community Board’s assessment, I suspect the building might eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A and B (A=association with important historical events; B=association with important historical personages). I further suspect that if it is National Register eligible, it would be eligible for NYC landmark status. I’m not an architectural historian so I can’t comment on the building’s architectural significance but it appears to be in excellent condition. How badly does NYC need yet another high rise? I think the landmark commission botched the call on this building.

  8. What a sad shame that the city is losing yet another beautiful survivor from its past. When will it ever heed those wise, caring words of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis that are posted in Rizzoli’s window?

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