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Rizzoli Bookstore to continue fight for landmark status

Effort comes despite being rejected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission this week

March 29, 2014 02:00PM

Rizzoli Bookstore at 31 West 57th Street

Rizzoli Bookstore at 31 West 57th Street

WEEKENDEDITION Those hoping to save the much loved and elegant Rizzoli Bookstore remain positive despite being denied landmark status.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected the bookstore’s request for historic status this week. Currently, the LeFrak Organization and Vornado Realty Trust plan to demolish the building, located at 31 West 57th Street, to make way for a high-rise condo.

But members of the Save Rizzoli Committee haven’t lost hope. A committee member has written to Curbed saying:

“[This] is not final, nor a significant departure from their previous stance. The Commission has reversed their positions on whether to landmark buildings in the past, and with the entire Commissioners terms set to expire soon, there is still hope a public hearing can be calendared. The recent support of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has been encouraging.” [Curbed]Christopher Cameron

3 Responses to “Rizzoli Bookstore to continue fight for landmark status”

  1. March 29, 2014 at 7:43 pm, chucka said:

    As well they should !! Go Rizzoli Go !

  2. March 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm, Demi Monde said:

    Donnell Library Center, The New York Public Library, was stolen off of W.53rd St 6 years ago. Stolen from the people of NYC. To become a luxe hotel/condo. Just like this. These are the heartbeats of the city. Now the vultures want the Mid Manhattan Library at E. 40th and 5th, and the Science, Industry and Business Library, and there’s 3 Brooklyn libraries on the chopping block. We cannot allow Rizzoli to be stolen, just as we cannot allow public libraries to be stolen.

  3. March 31, 2014 at 6:07 pm, East 100 said:

    Demi Monde, nothing is being “stolen”. These libraries are all being replaced in brand new buildings.
    And Rizzoli is a private business, not a library. They rent, they don’t own. They have no say whatsoever in terms of what happens with this building.

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