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The 40 individual landmarks designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2016

A Look Back at the New York City Landmarks Designated in 2016

2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the New York City landmarks law. There were occasions to celebrate, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated six individual landmarks and four historic districts. 2016 was considerably busier for the commission. It designated 40 individual landmarks and two historic districts, including 12 new Midtown East landmarks and 26 sites from its backlog. Here are all of them, for you to take in as the year comes to a close.

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Photos of the 10 sites designated as landmarks by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday

Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Backlog Nearly Cleared with 10 More Designations

Two years ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission floated the idea of clearing its backlog of items from before 2010 by simply de-calendaring all of them. That was not well-received, to put it lightly. So, they devised a series of steps to actually address those 95 items. That process nearly came to an end today, with the designation of 10 new city landmarks.

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Five of the sites prioritized for designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Landmarks Prioritizes 30 Backlog Sites for Designation, Permanently Removes Five

As we have reported, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is in the process of dealing with the backlog of 95 items that have been on its calendar since before 2010, some for decades. That process took a big step forward Tuesday, with 30 sites remaining on the calendar as priorities for designation vote by the end of 2016. Five sites were removed from the calendar for lack of merit.

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President Chester A. Arthur House at 123 Lexington Avenue, 412 East 85h Street, and 150 East 38th Street. Photos courtesy Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Three Historic Houses Considered at Landmarks Backlog Hearing

Last week, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held the fourth and final public hearing to deal with the 95 properties that have been under consideration for designation prior to 2010. Among the items discussed on Thursday were three houses, geographically spread from Kips Bay to Murray Hill to the Upper East Side. If designated as landmarks, they’ll certainly be referred to by many as historic houses. If not, their very existence will be put into doubt.

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