After the Landmarks Preservation Commission failed to designate the exterior or interior of the Rizzoli Bookstore, the store has finally been forced to close and make way for new development, resulting in the probable loss of another important cultural and historic resource on West 57th Street.
DNA Info‘s Mathew Katz reported on a rally held by Community Board 5 outside the bookstore, which Sen. Krueger attended.
On Friday morning, Community Board 5 members, joined by state Sen. Liz Krueger, called for reforms to the landmarking process and zoning changes that would protect other buildings along 57th Street, including the neighboring Chickering Building, which is also owned by Lefrak and Vornado and likely faces demolition, and the Cavalry Baptist Church.
“There won’t be anything left to love if we don’t stop this kind of development,” Krueger said. “It’s a sad day because we’ve already lost this one.”
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