The tearing down of the ornate old Penn Station inspired a push to create New York City’s first landmarks law, which Mayor Robert Wagner, Jr. signed on April 19, 1965. Celebrations, tributes and symposia are taking place over the city – there is even a whole website dedicated to the anniversary. There are now 1,348 official landmarks, 114 historic districts and 117 interior landmarks that cover a total of 33,411 properties. That’s pretty robust, and some critics suggest New York may be over-preserving.
An interesting take in Reason about whether the old Penn Station was actually worth saving.
The New York Times covered a party thrown to celebrate the anniversary featuring a whos who of the city’s political/preservation/media crowd.
If we see interesting tributes or takes on NYC’s landmarks preservation law we’ll update this post. Please comment with your own thoughts and suggestions!