Archive for December 1st, 2003

1st December

First Published in The New York Sun, December 1, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

According to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, “An historic district is an area of the city designated by the Landmarks Commission that represents at least one period or style of architecture typical of one or more areas in the city’s history.” Some in the Fieldston community in Riverdale in the northwest Bronx are trying to obtain this designation for their community, a petition the commission will hear on Tuesday. If they are successful, it will demonstrate just how far we have strayed in the attempt to protect true landmarks, such as the old Penn Station, from extinction. 

Fieldston is a picturesque private community of about 250 homes built in the 1920s. Even the streets are private property, which, presently, are open to the public. This is good because Fieldston is in the center of the bustling Riverdale community, and two important thoroughfares run through it. However, despite the importance to public safety of vehicular access, the streets are closed once a year to maintain the future right to close them, perhaps even gate them, permanently.  (more…)