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Rendering of the proposed Children's Museum of Manhattan (FXCollaborative)

Preservationists Again Block Construction Of The Proposed Children’s Museum of Manhattan, on the Upper West Side

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and local Community Board 7 have again failed to approve proposals to renovate and enliven an abandoned church that has been proposed as a new home for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Located on the Upper West Side at 361 Central Park West, the First Church of Christ Scientist was originally completed around 1903, then designated a New York City landmark in 1973.

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Proposal for 21 West 17th Street and 16 West 18th Street

Landmarks Approves New Buildings at 21 West 17th Street and 16 West 18th Street

It will be out with the old and in with the new in a historic part of Chelsea. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved demolition of the existing structures at 21 West 17th Street and 16 West 18th Street and the construction of new residential buildings to replace them. The site is between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District.

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361 Central Park West - existing conditions, 2014 proposal, and 2015 proposal.

Battle Over Former Church At 361 Central Park West Continues At BSA

It was all the way back on March 11th that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved controversial plans to convert the former First Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City, located at 361 Central Park West and West 96th Street, into 39 condominiums. But that wasn’t the last word. The battle went on in the community board, and it continued this week at the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), and will continue into 2016.

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