The Landmarks Preservation Commission designates eleven iconic historic buildings in East Midtown

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has voted to grant landmark status to 11 iconic historic buildings in the Greater East Midtown area.  The properties were identified through the agency’s Greater East Midtown Initiative and their protection is part of the administration’s larger effort to plan for the future of one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods. The total of landmarked buildings in the East Midtown area has now reached a total of 49.

In 2015, the LPC presented its conceptual framework to the East Midtown Steering Committee, established in 2014 by Mayor de Blasio as part of his strategy to strengthen the area as a world class 21st Century commercial district. The identified a number of long-term goals for the neighborhood and developed an initiative to address issues such as density, sustainability, and historic preservation. In its final report, the Steering Committee recommended that the LPC calendars and designates as landmarks as many historic resources as it deems appropriate.

The addition of the 11 buildings are an example of successful planning and preservation working in concert to secure the future of East Midtown as an iconic global center of commerce,” said Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan. “The agency’s comprehensive plan aims to ensure that an area defined by constant evolution retains its unique interplay between historic buildings and new construction. I commend the East Midtown Steering Committee for working with the Commission to engage in a significant study of the neighborhood. The Commission has been very active in this area, and is proud to ensure the protection of these 11 outstanding buildings— bringing to nearly 50 our collection of individual landmarks in Greater East Midtown. We look to forward to completing our efforts by the end of the year.”

“I am thrilled that the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be acting on the bulk of the East Midtown Steering Committee’s landmark priorities, and I look forward to the Citicorp Building joining these as a landmark later on as well,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “The East Midtown plan works because it’s helping us preserve what we should, while we build infrastructure and commercial space for the future. That’s smart growth.”

“As we revitalize East Midtown as a world class office district, we also need to protect its world class architectural history,” said Council Member Dan Garodnick. “We worked closely with the LPC to ensure noteworthy buildings were landmarked before the City did a rezoning here, and I am glad to see our efforts come to fruition. It is important that our past is preserved as we prepare for the future.”

The agency undertook its comprehensive Greater East Midtown study with the goal of preserving the neighborhood’s development history through individual designations. After extensive research by the agency of a study area consisting of East 39th to East 57th Streets, from Fifth Avenue to Second Avenue, the Commission identified 11 properties from three key eras central to the development of the neighborhood that complement existing designations: Pre-Grand Central Terminal (residential and institutional development through the 1910s); Grand Central/Terminal City (buildings constructed in Terminal City or that were spurred by transit improvements); and Post Grand Central (buildings constructed after 1933). Today the agency designated buildings from the Pre-Grand Central Terminal Era and the Grand Central/Terminal City era.

  1. Minnie E. Young Residence
  2. Martin Erdmann Residence
  3. 18 East 41st Street Building 
  4. The Hampton Shops Building, 18-20 East 50th Street
  5. The Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt
  6. The Pershing Square Building, 125 Park Avenue
  7. The Graybar Building, 420 Lexington Avenue
  8. 400 Madison Avenue 
  9. The Shelton Hotel 
  10. The Beverly Hotel 
  11. Hotel Lexington