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A new mayor means a new administration

New Yorkers have elected a new mayor, but it’s important to note that any mayor of any city does not operate in a vacuum.  A mayor selects many individuals to lead individual parts of city government. On Monday, Karen wrote about the position of Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, a key post in the efforts to protect our architectural and cultural history. Today I’d like to draw your attention to a program GVSHP will present next Thursday — a panel discussion about the preservation movement in New York City since that fateful time of the demolition of Pennsylvania Railroad Station 50 years ago, which will focus on how each administration, and each Landmarks Preservation Commission, handled the preservation challenges of its day.


Last April we presented a similar panel discussion dealing with the preservation movement as it existed before Penn Station was demolished. In this second part of that series, Andrew Berman, Executive Director of GVSHP will moderate a panel consisting of prominent preservations: Prof. Franny Eberhart, a director of the Historic Districts Council and Vice-Chair of the Historic House Trust; Anthony Robins, preservationist and author; Tony Wood, author and founder of the New York Preservation Archive Project.

Demolition of Penn Station 1966 source: www.nydailynews.com

Panelist will discuss topics such as the changing attitudes on preservation during different mayoral administrations, the resistance to (and attacks on) preservation, key legislation, governmental budget and staffing issues, and emerging awareness of cultural landmarks. A question-&-answer period will follow the discussion.

This program will take place at the Village Community School, 272 West 10th Street, between Greenwich Street and Washington Street, on Thursday, November 14th from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M.

If you are interested in attending, please reply by e-mail to rsvp@gvshp.org, or call 212-475-9585 x 35 before 3 P.M. on Thursday, November 14th. We look forward to seeing you there!

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