NYC Landmarks: we’ve got something to say.

We, the New York City community, invite our neighbors to freely share their opinions and grievances about the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Our Purpose

During the course of our battle with Landmarks, we heard horror story after horror story from architects, building owners, and small businesses that have been forced to wrestle with the never-ending bureaucracy of NYC landmarking.  We heard about project costs rising 2X or 3X, we heard about delays, we heard all about the pains local businesses must endure. What really stood out to us though was this: No one wanted to go on the record.

Why?  Because they all believed that Landmarks would retaliate against them for speaking their minds and for speaking the truth. The very purpose of this site is to correct that problem.  We want the people of this great city to have a place where they can publicly and anonymously voice their grievances about Landmarks, where they can speak truth to power without fear of retaliation, and where we can all learn from our shared experiences.

Landmarks did not listen to the tens of thousands of Strand supporters who signed our petition opposing the landmark designation of the Strand.  Landmarks didn’t listen to us when we warned them that their plans could in fact destroy the Strand. Landmarks didn’t care whatsoever that our building was in no danger of being destroyed. Landmarks refused to listen to us, but they cannot ignore our collective voices.

So, we ask that you speak your mind: let Landmarks know what you think and share your grievances here for all to see. As Nancy Bass Wyden noted after the Strand was landmarked:  We are taking this fight to the grassroots level because real political change does not happen in government buildings – it starts with the people at the street level.

The Strand did not survive for 92 years by backing down,
and we are not about to change that now. 

Landmarks should focus on buildings that are actually endangered.

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The latest of what our community says about Landmarks:


  1. If the community, the customers, and the owners of Strand Bookstore don’t want it to be landmarked, it shouldn’t be…

  2. 83% of us told you we didn’t want our beloved bookstore to become government property. The bookstore itself wanted to…

  3. Landmark designation is a death sentence for many active communities and businesses who simply can not afford the exorbitant cost…

  4. I have been generally supportive of NYC Landmarks Preservation and appreciation their efforts to protect NYC’s heritage. However, landmarking the…

  5. Of all the buildings that should have been or should be landmarked in NYC, the city agency has almost obsessively…

  6. It is terribly disappointing, although not too surprising, to hear that the Landmarks Preservation Commission chose to landmark the Strand…

  7. There are enough economic forces working against independent bookstores even WITHOUT Landmarks taking this unconscionable action. The only thing that…

  8. The Strand and the few stores left like it! are the heart of a throbbing city: NO new store could…