The Municipal Art Society Endangered Buildings List If Bloomberg and Burden Have Their Way With Midtown


Bloomie and Burden introduce Micro 300 sq. ft. zoning plan permitting NYC residential builders to think really small (for $2,000 a month). The city is having a design competition for the model units. .

marriot (former Shelton)

Marriot (former Shelton) Hotel Architectural Detail


Marriot, Formerly The Shelton

From those two wonderful rich kids ( Mayor Mike made his money; zoning exec Amanda inherited and married hers), who think the rest of us should be happy in 300 square foot micro studios, comes a plan to rezone the area around Grand Central in favor of soaring Dubai style office towers.  Forget fixing the aging and fragile infrastructure set to  support all those show-off structures. (To Landlordrocknyc, an apt analogy  might be hitting the red carpet in a $25,000 gown over tatty, dirty underwear.)

Amanda Burden and Charlie Rose

Amanda Burden and Charlie Rose

Bloomberg’s legacy plan is to go bold, go big (really big),  and leave his  dubious mark on the iconic New York skyline which New Yorkers (and the rest of the world) think is pretty cool the way it is. Here’s the Municipal Art Society list of buildings that could disappear if the dangerous duo have their way.–Landlordrocknyc Opinion

Via MAS.ORG (Municipal Arts Society):

“MAS Submits 17 Buildings to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for Evaluation

December 7th, 2012, 12:27 pm

Pershing Square Building - terra cotta detail

The New York City Department of City Planning’s proposed East Midtown re-zoning has the potential to dramatically change the area and threaten the mix of old and new buildings that define the neighborhood as uniquely New York. In response to the City’s proposal, MAS is developing a holistic vision for the future of East Midtown that supports a vibrant mix of businesses, people, and of course, the buildings themselves – over a century’s worth of architecture. Historic preservation is a key component of this ongoing work.


The Lexington New York City (red roof), New York Marriott East Side (green roof) and Citigroup Center. Both hotels could disappear from Midtown East.

Today, of the 587 building located in the City’s study area, 32 are designated as individual landmarks. In October, as part of our comments on the draft scope for the environmental review, MAS identified 29 sites of historic and architectural merit not currently protected by New York City landmark status. These buildings represent the development periods that define East Midtown, from pre-Grand Central to Terminal City to the post-war Modern Movement. They also represent a mix of materials, styles and uses that contribute to East Midtown’s visual diversity and sense of place.

East Midtown is certainly known for iconic landmarks such as the Chrysler Building, Lever House, and Grand Central Terminal (which celebrates 100 years in 2013, thanks in part to the work of MAS.)  As reported in today’s New York Times, from the initial list of historic resources identified, MAS further refined the selection to 17 buildings that best convey historic,

Yale Clib

Yale Club

architectural and cultural significance, as determined by site visits, research, and collaboration with experts on the MAS Preservation Committee. These 17 buildings have been

Pershing Square

Pershing Square

submitted for evaluation to the Landmarks Preservation Co

Pershing Square, 125 Park Detail

Pershing Square, 125 Park Detail

  • 4 E. 43rd Street (former Mehlin Piano Company Building; Andrew J. Thomas, 1916)
  • 18-20 E. 50th Street (former Grand Rapids Furniture Company; Rouse & Goldstone, 1915)
  • 270 Park Avenue (former Union Carbide Building; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1960)
  • 445 Park Avenue (Kahn & Jacobs, 1947)
  • 450 Park Avenue (former Franklin National Bank Building; Emery Roth & Sons, 1972)
  • 661 Lexington Avenue (former Babies’ Hospital; York & Sawyer, 1902)
  • Center for Fiction (former Mercantile Library; Henry Otis Chapman, 1932)
  • Graybar Building (Sloan & Robertson, 1927)
  • Hotel Intercontinental Barclay (Cross & Cross, 1926)
  • The Lexington (former Hotel Lexington; Schultze & Weaver, 1929)
  • Marriott East Side (former Shelton Hotel; Arthur Loomis Harmon, 1923)
  • One Grand Central Place (former Lincoln Building; J. E. R. Carpenter; Dwight P. Robinson, 1929)
  • Pershing Square Building (John Sloan of York & Sawyer, 1923)
  • Postum Building (Cross & Cross, 1924)
  • Swedish Seamen’s Church (former New York Bible Society; Wilfred Edward Anthony, 1920)
  • Vanderbilt Concourse Building (Warren & Wetmore, 1916)
  • Yale Club (James Gamble Rogers, 1915) “–Municipal Arts Society

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