Collection
Muni
Series
Around New York with Robert C. Weinberg
Episode
Landmarks Commission Hearings Report
Contributing Organization
WNYC (New York, New York)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/510-ms3jw87f79
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Description
This is Robert C. Weinberg critic in architecture and planning calling your attention to an upcoming public hearing of the Landmarks Preservation Commission scheduled to begin at 10 in the morning, this coming Tuesday, December 13th at City Hall. As you all know by now, landmarks law requires the commission to terminate its hearings on the designation of landmarks and historic districts by the end of the year, that is December 31st, which would be the last possible date that a new item can be put up for hearing. There after the commission by law can hold no further hearings for three long years. During that period however, the commission will of course continue to be active in investigating and studying additional landmarks and historic districts for hearing after the three years are up and will also be engaged in the work of administering the law with respect to those landmarks and historic districts which have already been designated. Many individual buildings have been have been proposed to the Commission for designation by the public, and many of these as well as a number of proposed historic districts will be on the calendar for hearing this Tuesday December thirteen. Included are three historic districts in Brooklyn, two in Manhattan, as well as three individual landmarks in the Bronx, twenty in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, and five in Queens. All in all there are thirty four separate items coming up representing such a variety of historic districts and such a variety of types of landmarks that it is not possible even to summarize each of them in this short report. Included in the proposed landmarks are some churches and cemeteries as well as individual houses, hotels, apartment houses, and a number of well known public institutions. Each is characteristic of its in its own way and deserves specific comment. The historic districts include small groups of houses as well as one of more complete blocks. In each case the district constitutes a neighborhood a distinctive character. While not required under the law to contain any individual buildings qualifying as landmarks because of architectural or historic district, they are considered worthy of preservation just because they constitute characteristic parts of the city's fabric, which are important to protect in this way. We must always bear in mind the distinct difference between these two types of designation, which the commission is making. Individual landmarks must by law have recognized architectural or historic value. Historic districts on the other hand are areas which as a whole constitute a neighborhood which in and for itself is worth giving the protection which the law affords. This distinction is often overlooked by those who incorrectly assume that every building within an historic district must meet the requirements of being an individual landmark. Since one or more of the proposed landmarks in historic districts on the December thirteenth calendar may be near where you live or work or may involve a building or a neighborhood you have long cherished and want to see protected, it is important that you come to City Hall and your express your opinion about it. I shall myself attend the hearing and will comment on a number of the items the calendar listing the thirty four locations up for hearing with a brief description of each is available at the office of the Landmarks Preservation Commission 2 Lafayette Street New York. This is Robert C. Weinberg critic at large an architecture planning.
1 - 7in. reel 1tk. 7.5ips. T1968 tape consists of three separate commentaries: 150082, 150757 and 150758.
Broadcast
1966-12-07
Subjects
Art.; Architecture; Historic buildings--New York (State)--New York.; Preservation, Historic.
Rights
Owner/Custodial History: Municipal Archives; Acquisition Source: Municipal Archives; Terms of Use and Reproduction: Municipal Archives
Media type
Sound
Duration
00:03:46
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Credits
Host: Weinberg, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1901-1974
AAPB Contributor Holdings
WNYC-FM
Identifier: 150082.1 (WNYC Media Archive Label)
Format: BWF
Generation: Audio/Transcription dub
Duration: 00:03:46
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Citations
Chicago: “Muni; Around New York with Robert C. Weinberg; Landmarks Commission Hearings Report,” 1966-12-07, WNYC, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed April 18, 2019, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_510-ms3jw87f79.
MLA: “Muni; Around New York with Robert C. Weinberg; Landmarks Commission Hearings Report.” 1966-12-07. WNYC, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. April 18, 2019. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_510-ms3jw87f79>.
APA: Muni; Around New York with Robert C. Weinberg; Landmarks Commission Hearings Report. Boston, MA: WNYC, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_510-ms3jw87f79