Demand NYC Landmark Preservation Commission Expand the Audubon Park Historic District Immediately!
THIS IS OUR NEW AND UPDATED PETITION SUPPORTING THE EXPANSION OF THE AUDUBON PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES THE 1851 ABOLITIONIST HOME AT 857 RSD. SIGN EVEN IF YOU SIGNED THE EARLIER PETITION!
To: Mayor de Blasio and Landmark Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll
We the undersigned, call on both of you to support and facilitate the expansion of the Audubon Park Historic District immediately. Escalating development pressures in our neighborhood make the realization of Community Board 12’s 2009 vision for an Audubon Park Historic District that stretches along Riverside Drive and its tributaries from 155th to 162nd Streets absolutely essential. (Map of proposed expansion below)
This plan would expand the current historic district architecturally, historically, and culturally, by adding the oldest continuously-occupied wooden structure in northern Manhattan, three sets of row houses pre-dating and anticipating rapid transit, and apartment houses representing later periods and architects than those in the currently designated area.
Additionally, extending the historic district to include the row houses on West 158th Street, the Mitchell Lama apartment building at 156-20 Riverside Drive West, and all of the buildings lining Riverside Drive between 158th and 162nd Streets would recognize the area’s cultural significance in the fight for racial justice and equality by preserving
• 857 Riverside Drive, a house associated with an Abolitionist community active in northern Manhattan in the mid-nineteenth century
• A row of houses on West 158th Street that African-American families reclaimed and preserved in the 1960s and ‘70s, and
• The Mitchell Lama building which fostered neighborhood integration and was the home of former Mayor David Dinkins, New York City’s first and only Black mayor.
In keeping with the Landmark Preservation Commission’s recently published “Equity Framework” that would prioritize “designations that represent New York City’s diversity and designations in areas less represented by landmarks,” Commissioner Carroll, we ask we urge you to prioritize and calendar the Upper Riverside Residents Drive Alliance’s Request for Evaluation without delay.
The expansion of the Audubon Park Historic District is fully endorsed by Community Board 12, Democratic District Leader Maria Luna, Council Member Mark Levine, Assembly Member Al Taylor, Senator Robert Jackson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Representative Adriano Espaillat, NYC’s Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and by numerous civic and preservation groups from throughout New York City.
Sign on to let Mayor de Blasio and Landmark's Chair Sarah Carroll know you want to protect and preserve our neighborhood's history by expanding the Audubon Park Historic District now! Please share this petition widely!
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