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Erm.. it’s a dump. Tear it down. Put up a nice little plaque on a wall. Name a restroom after it. Whatever.
NYC has been born many times over. If the site was so historic, why didn’t someone
else come up with the $5.5m???
That’s a lot of money to spend, only to have someone else tell you what you can do
with your property. Ask yourself, would you accept that?
How does 1824 qualify as late 19th century??
@DickGreenleaf: Since we’ve defined years 1 through 100 as the first century of the common era. Years 101 through 200 is the second century. And so on. At some point the beginning of any century began with x00, so 1900 became known as the first year of the 20th Century, and 2000 as the first year of the 21st Century.
@camembert: Don’t be pedantic. Everyone knows that. His point was that 1824 isn’t LATE 19th century, obviously.
Just my opinion, but preserving every building with any minor claim to historical importance only detracts from the preservation efforts that are really worthwhile. I’m sure nearly every block in a reasonably old city has at least one building that housed someone famous or important, or at least as famous and important as “Jim Owles, Arnie Kantrowitz, and Bruce Voeller,” whoever they are. I’m with Larkin. Put up a plaque nobody will read and call it a day.
I agree with Kevin – preservation battles should be chosen carefully. Not many buildings are preserved in NYC, and those that are should be of genuine significance. That it served as a meeting place for early gay activists is a very weak argument, and the building itself is as plain and boring as it gets. I have no way of knowing for sure, but it sounds like the “gay history” plea is just to shill to cover the fact that these people don’t want their neighborhood to continue to change. Community energy and time in this case would be better spent on ensuring that what takes the place of the old building is something that will really enhance the neighborhood and it’s character.
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