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News October 2016

Some good news to report: On September 20, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to calendar for designation the Ambassador Grill & Lounge and Hotel Lobby of the United Nations Plaza Hotel, now known as One UN New York. Calendaring is the first step in the designation process; the next step is the public hearing, which will take place on Tuesday November 22. Comments and testimony from the public are welcomed at hearings. ... MORE

Incredibly, two of New Jersey’s three remaining Frank Lloyd Wright homes have come on the market at the same time. The last NJ Wright house to trade hands, in 2015, was relocated to Arkansas. The prospects are brighter for the two Usonian-style houses currently up for grabs, the Stuart Richardson House in Glen Ridge and the James Christie House in Bernardsville. ... MORE

DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State testified at the September 27 full board meeting of Community Board 1 in opposition to a request by the owner of One Chase Manhattan Plaza, aka 28 Liberty Street, to override deed restrictions on new structures within its 2.5-acre plaza. The owner, Fosun International, is seeking to build three glass pavilions for access to partially below-grade retail. However, a deed instituted by the building’s original owner, Chase Manhattan Bank, stipulates that no new structure may rise more than 6 feet above the plaza. ... MORE