Friday, July 27, 2007

Townhouse Chronicles

Perhaps it's too little too late, but still the more press about the endangered townhouses on 72nd Ave between Austin St. and Queens Blvd, the better. This is on the Front Page of the Queens Chronicle. I love all the interest the story is getting, and I love that you guys were in on it from the beginning.

Michael Perlman deserves a huge thanks for caring so much. We could use more twenty-somethings like him. More thanks to James McClelland in Melinda Katz's office. He calls me weekly, unsolicited, to fill me in. A special thanks to Perlman for coming up with the term 'McOffice'. I'm using it.
(Side note to Perlman, you might want to check out my post on dressing cool. Just Kidding!!!!)

For a structure to qualify as a landmark, it must be at least 30 years old and possess “a special historical or aesthetic interest or value as part of the development, heritage, or cultural characteristics of the city.” And the Forest Hills houses “did not rise to the level of a historic district,” said Lisi de Bourbon, a spokeswoman for the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Perlman goes on to refute that claim and backs it up with data. Great job everyone, let's hope it's not too late.