Friday, July 15, 2005

The People's Hearing for 2 Columbus Circle

Big thanks to all of you who helped make yesterday's People's Hearing for 2 Columbus Circle such a success. The fact that over 150 people filled the library of the General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen -itself an inspiring Landmark building - to testify before 11 empty seats - one for each of the conspicuously absent Landmarks Preservation Commissioners - is living proof that New Yorkers care about the future of Edward Durell Stone's 1964 building and would eagerly take part in a real landmarks hearing, if only given the opportunity. A full record of the proceedings will be available shortly. In the meantime, see New York Observer coverage here.

Co-sponsors for the People's Hearing include: Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum; NYS Assembly Members Richard N. Gottfried (represents 2 Columbus Circle area), Pete Grannis, Daniel O'Donnell and Scott Stringer; NYS Senators Tom Duane, Liz Krueger (represents the 2 Columbus Circle area) and Eric Schneiderman; NYC Council Members Vincent J. Gentile, Margarita Lopez, Eva Moskowitz and Bill Perkins; and former Council Member Ronnie Eldridge.

WHAT MORE WILL IT TAKE for 2 Columbus Circle to get the public hearing it deserves?

Thursday, July 7, 2005

2 Columbus Circle: Fighting Another Day

Last week on the 2 Columbus Circle front had its highs (links to the excellent New York Times editorial and Tom Wolfe's New York magazine article are included below, in case you missed them) and lows (a permit for the removal of the building's facade).

The outcome is that, for the moment, 2 Columbus Circle remains intact, ready to fight another day. And so are we. But still no public hearing? No more waiting around! Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 14, and the "People's Hearing" for 2 Columbus Circle (time and place to be announced shortly). In response to the inexplicable refusal of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to have formal public input on whether 2 Columbus Circle should be designated as an official NYC Landmark, this "hearing" will be an open forum for citizens to express their views and decide the merits of the case for themselves. What better way to show the Mayor and the LPC that the people of New York want a real public hearing for 2 Columbus Circle? Come and make your voice heard! Stay tuned for additional information...

Tom Wolfe's New York Magazine Piece: