The Real Deal New York

Preservationists hear little that pleases from de Blasio

Since taking office, the mayor has backed away from historic preservation issues

May 19, 2015 10:40AM
By Claire Moses

Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio

From the May issue: Bill de Blasio can be “very eloquent” on preservation issues. Or at least he was as public advocate. But since he took over City Hall, preservationists like New York Landmarks Conservancy President Peg Breen have noticed, “It’s clearly not one of his major topics.” 

In February 2010, when a group of about 40 preservationists met the then-public advocate at the Upper West Side co-op of Arlene Simon (then president of Landmark West), de Blasio hit all the right notes. [more]