First off, this is our 1,100th blog post! Be sure to click on the blue image in our sidebar to read more of our posts categorized by neighborhood.
For today’s post, we thought we’d share a useful resource that you may not know exists. A little over a year ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) began recording its public hearings and public meetings and sharing these videos on its YouTube page. This is quite helpful for those of you who may be interested in an application (or several), but may not be able to attend a hearing/meeting.
What kinds of things will you see in one of these videos?
Each video covers the applicant’s presentation, which is typically led by the architect or representative hired by the owner of a landmarked property to oversee the project. Afterward, the public is invited to testify on the application. This is a good opportunity for you to bring up any concerns you may have with the proposal, but keep in mind that remarks should focus on the landmarks-related issues (unfortunately, things like light and air as well as blocked views do not fall under LPC jurisdiction).
Afterward, the LPC’s chair and commissioners deliberate the “appropriateness” of the application based on the applicant’s presentation and public testimony. The YouTube videos are a good way of listening to their commentary; whether you agree with their ultimate decision or not is a different story.
While the LPC’s YouTube page includes applications for work on landmarked properties across all five boroughs, we here at GVSHP weed through these regularly to bring you the ones that cover our neighborhoods – see our curated playlist here. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube page to stay updated on the latest videos available (just remember though that the LPC can take some time to upload these videos). You can also get to this page by clicking on the relevant link on our Landmarks Applications Webpage.