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June 27, 2008 at 5:10 am Leave a comment

From Michael Perlman, Rego-Forest Preservation Council, who requests that others who know and care about this issue send a similar letter to the City Council. Queens gets short shrift when it comes to landmarking, be it art-deco movie theaters, townhouses, or probably bowling alleys too.

Dear City Council:

I understand that the end of the City’s budget season is approaching, and the restoration of $300,000 in cuts to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission’s budget is on the table.

I am writing on behalf of Rego-Forest Preservation Council serving Rego Park and Forest Hills, and as a Director on the board of Queens Preservation Council, and a devoted NYC citizen. We strongly urge the NYC Council Budget Negotiation Committee to fully restore the budget of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

These funds are integral for the LPC to be able to respond to the intense public need for better protection of our city’s historic neighborhoods and buildings. New York’s historic buildings and neighborhoods are the cornerstones of our city, and their survival and enhancement are crucial to continued growth and sensible development of the city. Without adding these resources to the only agency whose mission is to safeguard our architectural and cultural history, numerous historic properties throughout the five boroughs will continue to vanish, and the soul of our diverse city will be forever diminished.

Fulfilling our respectful request is a bold and necessary first step to ensure the above does not happen. Please support this initiative and send the message to Mayor Bloomberg and your constituents, that New York’s future will be as bright as the shining moments of our city’s past, reflected in its historic fabric. Thank you for your consideration!

Michael Perlman


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