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NYC has new plan to ease landmark backlog

June 19, 2015 Associated Press
Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo by Lore Croghan
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New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has a new plan for its backlog of 95 potential landmarks.

Each of the cases will be heard in the fall.

Commissioner Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan had originally planned to summarily wipe out the backlog. Some of the applications have been around for nearly 50 years.

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Seven of the would-be landmarks that the preservation agency has calendared for consideration are in Brooklyn. Stunning Green-Wood Cemetery is the most famous of the Brooklyn sites. Lady Moody’s House in Gravesend, one of the oldest buildings in New York City, is also on the backlog list.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the commissioner reversed herself amid an outcry from preservationist and some elected officials.

Now each of the 95 pending applications will get its own public hearing this fall. Final decisions are expected by the end of next year.

The applications range from a 19th-century wood-frame farm house on Manhattan’s East Side to a 1904 power station in midtown.

Preservationists and the Real Estate Board of New York applauded the decision.

-Information from The Wall Street Journal

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