This year marked the 50th anniversary of the New York City landmarks law, which empowered the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate landmarks and historic districts in the five boroughs. With 2015 coming to an end, we thought it would be a good time to review what the commission has protected this year. Six individual landmarks and four historic districts were designated, adding up to protection for over 2,000 more structures.
29-27 Queens Plaza North
On Tuesday. the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the former Bank of Manhattan Company Building at 29-27 Queens Plaza North, in Long Island City, as an individual landmark, preserving it for generations to come. The developer of what is expected to be the borough’s tallest building (and the new tallest building outside Manhattan), which will be next door, already plans to work with the landmark structure.
The vacant 10-story clock tower at 29-27 Queens Plaza North, in Long Island City, will likely be landmarked in the coming weeks, according to DNAinfo. The property owners, Hakin Organization and Property Markets Group, plan to renovate the building to accommodate office space, and possibly retail. The owners are also planning the development of a 77-story, 930-unit mixed-use building at the adjacent lot 29-37 41st Street.