According to the NYCL50 website, The New York City Landmarks Commission is the mayoral agency created by the 1965 Landmarks Law to:
- Safeguard the city's historic, aesthetic, and cultural heritage
- Help stabilize and improve property values in historic districts
- Encourage civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past
- Protect and enhance the city's attractions for tourists
- Strengthen the city's economy
- Inform the people of New York City about the value of landmarks for their education, pleasure, and welfare
|This photo was taken in 1965, the year the Landmarks Law was signed. You can |
see that the park looks much better today. Bryant Park is getting better with age!
Photo by Arthur Merrill.
|The interior of Penn Station was light and airy--a huge contrast to today's Penn Station.|
Photo by Shorpy.
|The station's demolition was the impetus for the Landmarks Law.|
Photo by Aaron Rose.
To celebrate this "landmark" anniversary (excuse the pun), a project called NYCL50 is hosting a series of special events related to historic preservation.