Friday, June 22, 2007

Save the Townhouses!

I received this letter from Michael Perlman. He tried unsucessfully to landmark the Trylon movie theatre, which is now the Education Center for Russian Jewry. QueensCentral - I'd love your help on this one.

Please just email the LPC and let them know you'd like the townhouses landmarked. Here's why:

  • They look great and there's nothing like them left in the Forest Hills business district.

  • There's already plenty of office space in Forest Hills. Why do you think the commercial space in the Windsor has been vacant for two years.

  • If marketed correctly, they can become a very cool restaurant. bar, book store or other kind of funky place that we've all been calling for - but that's lost forever if they're torn down for sterile offices.

And here are Perlman's reasons why we need your help (I bolded the most important parts):

Letter Campaign To Preserve Oldest Forest Hills Rowhouses & Most Endangered (Please help)
June 22, 2007

I am Michael Perlman, Chairman of the "Rego-Forest Preservation Council," which advocates for the preservation of potential individual landmarks & potential historic districts, throughout Forest Hills & Rego Park, and proudly supports the efforts of other Queens neighborhoods. I would like to inform you of an effort that Jeff Gottlieb (Pres of Central Queens Historical Assoc.) & I are working on. We would appreciate your assistance by composing a letter of support to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).

We are hoping to spare an extremely significant piece of Forest Hills history; the unique "Manhattan-style" rowhouses that are on the west side of 72nd Ave between Austin St & Queens Blvd (108-11, 15, 17, 19, 21 72nd Ave). They are Forest Hills' oldest buildings & the only remaining rowhouses of its type. They were erected in 1906 by Cord Meyer, on the first street to be cut through, Roman Ave (now 72nd Ave). They are also synonymous with the naming of Forest Hills by Cord Meyer. They were dedicated in 1991 by the Central Queens Historical Association, and re-dedicated in Aug 2006 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the rowhouses and Forest Hills' 100th. A plaque notes their significance.

Sadly, the rowhouses on the east side of the street have been completely demolished over the last few years. Out of the 5 remaining rowhouses on the west side, 2 are imminently endangered. They're presently for sale, and being pitched as "a perfect site for developers &/or investors."

My proposal to the LPC is here: [Click here to view the text of the letter.]
Please feel free to reference any facts, and send your version of the letter to the following addresses:
• Chairman Robert Tierney ( &, and
• Dir. of Research Mary Beth Betts ( carbon copy:
• Michael Perlman (
• Jeff Gottlieb (
Also, please encourage other potential supporters to take out a few moments, and do their share. It is important that we unite in solidarity for noteworthy causes in our neighborhood(s).

Thank you for your support!Michael

Get writing, please.