THE MARCH OF PROGRESS HAS NOT BEEN KIND TO CULTURAL LANDMARKS RELEVANT TO PERSONS OF COLOR IN UPPER MANHATTAN.
TO LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE ABOLITIONIST HOUSE AND NEIGHBORHOOD,
READ THE PROPOSAL TO EXPAND THE Audubon Park Historic District.
According to the DoB website, Javier Martinez (developer) has filed applications to demolish three of the row houses: 636, 638 and 640
West 158th Street.
A 197-foot tower would be a knife in the heart of our neighborhood.
Other towers will follow, ending our affordable community as we know it.
Please download, print and share this URRA FLYER concerning current events that will have a devastating impact on West 158th Street and the future of Audubon Park Historic District.
WEST 158TH STREET
WE ARE OPPOSED
to the HARDSHIP APPLICATION to demolish & redevelop
WEST PARK Presbyterian Church,
a designated NYC landmark
We believe that taking the terminal step of permitting this landmark to be demolished before every option is exhausted should not be allowed.
We further believe that this decision risks setting a damaging precedent for landmarks owned by nonprofits citywide.
For updates and to sign the petition visit:
This unassuming Chelsea building was a decades-long Black community pillar spanning the years of the Civil War, the postbellum Reconstruction Era and New York’s gritty-bordered Gilded Age.
The Legacy of Colored School No. 4
with Eric K. Washington on view here:
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The New York Times article
by John Freeman Gill
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