14-16 Fifth Avenue

Tell City Officials to Stop Destruction of Landmarked Buildings like 10 Fifth Avenue

We’ve seen a disturbing and growing trend of damage to and destruction of landmarked properties on the city’s watch, including most recently 10 Fifth Avenue, yet another landmarked early 19th-century house in Greenwich Village. Join us to demand real reform that will prevent more demolitions of landmarked properties, and to protect buildings like 10 Fifth Avenue.

Village Preservation led the efforts against a plan by a developer to demolish these 170-year-old houses in the Greenwich Village Historic District, which had been home a series of incredibly importent historic figures over two centuries and which played an extremely important role in the development of New York, and replace it with a dramatically out-of-scale high-rise tower.

After a three-year fight, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved demolition of the historic landmarked structure by a rare split 6-5 vote, with the chair casting the deciding vote in favor of demolition. Over the course of our campaign, however, we were able to get the height of the approved tower reduced by 42% from the original proposal. 

The developer had a notorious track record for poor treatment of tenants in other buildings they owned, and cleared the 20 units of the original building of tenants, many of whom were long-terms rent stabilized tenants, living in affordable rent-regulated apartments. The new building, though more than four times the height of the old building, would actually have fewer units of housing, which would be largely duplex, triplex, and larger units for the super rich, most of whom undoubtedly would not use this as their primary residence. 

Updates

  • June 27, 2024

    City Lets 14 Fifth Avenue Construction Resume without Fixing 10 Fifth Avenue, Allowing Displaced Tenants to Return, or Holding Anyone Responsible

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  • August 9, 2023

    Updates on Safety and Stability at Landmarked Sites: 10-14 Fifth Avenue and 50-52 Second Avenue/40-42 East 3rd Street

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  • March 7, 2023

    Preservation Organizations from Across New York Demand the City Take Action to Prevent Demolitions of Historic Buildings

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  • February 21, 2023

    Another Landmarked Building in Greenwich Village Endangered Due to City-Approved Work at 10 Fifth Avenue

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  • May 13, 2021

    LPC Rules 6-5 To Approve 14-16 Fifth Avenue Demolition and New (Shorter) Tower

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  • May 6, 2021

    14-16 Fifth Avenue Returns to LPC Tuesday, Send Letter Today

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  • April 23, 2021

    What’s At Stake With 14-16 Fifth Avenue — What Does Preservation Mean?

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  • April 16, 2021

    Landmarks Preservation Commission Again Doesn’t OK Demolition of 14-16 Fifth Avenue, But Final Outcome To Be Determined

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  • April 8, 2021

    14-16 Fifth Avenue Plan Returns to LPC Tuesday; WRITE TODAY!

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  • March 3, 2021

    Virtual Hearing on 14-16 Fifth Avenue Demolition and New Tower Plan Tues., 3/9

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  • February 18, 2021

    14-16 Fifth Avenue: Community Board Rejects Plan, Landmarks Preservation Commission Hearing Tues. March 9

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  • February 3, 2021

    Plan for 14-16 Fifth Avenue Demolition and Tower Replacement Returns; Hearing Feb. 16

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  • March 10, 2020

    Support Grows for Saving Threatened 170-Year-Old Houses at 14-16 Fifth Avenue – Write City Officials Today To Preserve These Landmarked Buildings!

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  • January 17, 2020

    Elected Officials, Preservationists, Tenant Advocates Condemn Plan by Madison Realty Capital to Demolish Landmarked 1848 Greenwich Village Building for 244 ft. Tall Pied-a-Terre Tower for Super-Rich

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  • January 15, 2020

    Join us for 14-16 Fifth Avenue Demonstration and Press Conference this Friday at 11:30 am

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  • January 13, 2020

    14-16 Fifth Avenue Demonstration This Friday, Jan. 17 at 11:30am

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  • December 12, 2019

    Plans Filed for Demolition and Construction of 244 ft. tall Super Luxury Tower at 14-16 Fifth Avenue

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  • December 12, 2019

    Village Preservation Research Further Documents Historic Significance of 14-16 Fifth Avenue, Refuting Case for Demolition

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  • October 27, 2017

    367 ft. tall Tower by Robert A.M. Stern Contemplated for 14 Fifth Avenue

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