Sunday Reading: UWS Residents Pushing For Historical District Along West End Avenue

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Photo Source: Kathryn Kattalia/

Pavement Pieces has a detailed look at the push to create a massive “historical district” along West End Avenue and parts of Broadway from 70th to 110th. This would be be an extension of a current Upper West side historic district that covers parts of the West End between 87th and 94th Streets.

The creation of such a district could have broad ramifications on the neighborhood, affecting the preservation of the current look and feel, as well as possibly inhibiting future development. If the plan passes, all new housing projects, development and renovation work in that zone would have to be approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The commission is currently holding a series of public hearings to debate the merits of designating the proposed area as a historic district, which would be one of the largest in New York City.

Definitely worth a read if you have even the slightest interest in the history of UWS architecture or the future of the neighborhood’s development.

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