Silver Towers landmarking scheduled; Jane Jacobs grave turning also scheduled
The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to schedule a hearing on landmarking sometime this spring (and who says bureaucracy has to be slow-moving) I.M. Pei's Silver Towers, the monumental modernist residences in the Village. They were blasted at the time they were built for destroying a low-rise community on the site. We love the shelf-life of this city of hating something new, and wonder how long it takes for things reviled to finally gain acceptance.
A similar thing happened when the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg was landmarked. For years it was considered a blight on the neighborhood, something that made the place smell sickly-sweetly bad and was a symbol for an area always getting dumped on by industry.
Then, one day, BOOM!
Anybody want to get a jump on the "Save Our Starbucks" movement?
-- David Freedlander