I don’t see many petitions I’m inclined to sign but I signed one just a few moments ago. It was a petition to save the building that houses the publisher Rizzoli’s flagship store in a glorious old building on West 57th St. I visited only once, three years ago, but it was with my little boy Billy, who was 2 at the time. We went for a walk down the block and, since I’ve long loved Rizzoli’s list, we popped in. I’d had no idea it had such a wonderful store in a building fully worthy of the elegance of the books it publishes.
How the New York Landmarks Commission can assert that the building is not worth saving is beyond me. I have not read, at this moment, what is expected to replace it (and the two equally lovely flanking buildings), in all likelihood a ghastly glass residential tower. I do know that tearing these buildings down would be a desecration of the city, and – if the commission has not lost its credibility long ago – of its preservation apparat.
What will the new mayor do? Anything?
Sign this petition. Right here! Many thanks to Gerald Forsburg for posting the petition to the TradArch list!