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“Strangest preservation campaign” fights Witkoff project

Campaigner hope to stop Witkoff from replacing the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel with a super tower
June 06, 2015 05:00PM

One Park Lane, a 1,210-foot tall tower, is set to rise on the site of the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel. And now, what’s being called the “strangest preservation campaign in history” is fighting to save the 44-year-old building.

Last year, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected calls to landmark the Steven Witkoff-owned hotel at 36 Central Park South. And again in February, landmarks rejected another petition to landmark the building. But undeterred, campaigners are back with a Freedom of Information Law request asking for records related to the LPC’s decision, according to Crain’s.

The preservation campaign has been criticized by executive director of the Municipal Arts Society, Margaret Newman for what he called “an attempt by some unknown party to stop Mr. Witkoff’s project, rather than preserve a piece of architectural history.”

The 1 Park Lane project will rank as the fourth-tallest residential tower in New York City, and the ninth-tallest building overall upon completion in 2020. [Crain’s]Christopher Cameron