Murray Hill Landmarks

P&D Committee Submits 29 Buildings for Landmark Designation

P&D Committee Submits 29 Buildings for Landmark Designation

In 2016, The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association submitted 29 Buildings for landmark designation to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Tap Read More to learn the details of each of the 29 buildings. 

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LPC Chair Takes Walking Tour in Murray Hill to View 29 Buildings Submitted for Landmark Designation

LPC Chair Takes Walking Tour in Murray Hill to View 29 Buildings Submitted for Landmark Designation

On a sunny August morning, Sarah Carroll, the new Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and two senior members of her staff joined several members of the Preservation & Design Committee for a walking tour of Murray Hill. The purpose of the tour was to showcase 29 buildings that the P & D Committee had originally submitted to the LPC in 2016 for New York City landmark designation. 

Complete listing of the 29 buildings proposed for landmarking

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Tom Miller Talks About Famous Residents on East 36th Street

Tom Miller Talks About Famous Residents on East 36th Street

The Makor Center for Spiritual Judaism was the setting for a lively and informative talk and slide show by blogger and author Tom Miller. This event, held on Saturday April 6th, drew a full crowd, eager to absorb Tom’s encyclopedic knowledge about a group of prominent people who once lived in Murray Hill. The talk focused on the rich history of a group of people and buildings on one block in Murray Hill—East 36th Street between Lexington and Park Avenue. This block was once home to a number of distinguished political, business and military figures, including Admirals Benjamin Franklin Isherwood and Daniel G. Farragut of “Damn the Torpedoes” fame. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt moved to this block after their marriage, calling their townhouse at 125 East 36th Street their “14 foot mansion.”

Photo of Tom Miller by Nancy Idaka Sheran.

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Landmark New York Public Library Building Moves Ahead With Master Plan

Landmark New York Public Library Building Moves Ahead With Master Plan

On February 19, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing on some of the proposed changes presented in the New York Public Library’s Master Plan for the building on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street. This building is one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks. The next phase of the work is narrow in scope; the LPC has designated this permit LPC-19-35199, 476 Fifth Avenue - New York Public Library - Individual and Interior Landmark. The architectural firm Mecanoo Beyer Blinder Belle presented the plans and renderings.

On March 5, 2019, the LPC approved the revised plan.

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Public Theater Event Celebrates 'Notable New Yorkers'

Public Theater Event Celebrates 'Notable New Yorkers'

On the evening of November 27, 2018, a group of invited guests, including preservationists from New York City’s key preservation groups, attended a special event hosted by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, founder of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center and the Cultural Medallion Program. The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association was one of several co-hosts. The event, held at the Public Theater (the first designated NYC individual landmark) celebrated the publication of Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel’s new book, Notable New Yorkers.

The Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, The New-York Historical Society and the Brooklyn Historical Society have copies of Notable New Yorkers for sale in their bookshops. You can also order Notable New Yorkers by sending a check or money order for $25, payable to Historic Landmarks Preservation Center to: HLPC, 720 Park Avenue Apt. 2A, New York, NY 10021. Please print your first and last name on a sheet of paper and include your phone number, home mailing address and email address, and include that sheet with your check or money order.

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel speaks about her book Notable New Yorkers at the Public Theater. Detail of photo by Susan Demmet. 

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Private and group tours of Murray Hill are now available

Private and group tours of Murray Hill are now available

Take a tour of the Murray Hill Historic District, nestled between two of the world’s most iconic streets, 34th and 42nd Streets, and surrounded by NYC landmarks, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler Building. This historical residential enclave has 15 individual landmarks and 251 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The tour covers landmark buildings in the historic district as well as the architects who built them and the famous people who lived in them, including Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, JP Morgan and Andy Warhol.

Tour guides focus on the unique architectural qualities of the buildings as well as the historical evolution of the neighborhood and its reputation as a residential oasis in Midtown Manhattan. Tours can be customized.

Contact Susan at 212-689-6730 or sldemmet@gmail.com. Price available upon request.

Photo: (left to right) Tour guides Robin Garr, Barbara Sagan and Paula Thomson. 

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The 70th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was commemorated at Roosevelt House

The 70th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was commemorated at Roosevelt House

On October 11th, Murray Hill Neighborhood Association members attended an event to commemorate Eleanor Roosevelt’s role in the creation of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the 70th anniversary of its adoption by the United Nations in 1948. There wasn’t one empty seat in the auditorium at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute as the audience also observed Eleanor’s birthday on the same day 134 years ago. On the parlor floor of Hunter’s Roosevelt House there is an exhibit with photos and text describing the process of drafting the UDHR and Eleanor’s leading role. The event included a panel discussion about the progress of human rights and a reception. This event was co-sponsored by the MHNA Preservation & Design Committee and The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.

Photo (detail) by Susan Demmet: (left to right) Harold Holzer, Andrew Gilmour and Babatunde Olugboji

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MHNA welcomes Sarah Carroll new Chair of the LPC

MHNA welcomes Sarah Carroll new Chair of the LPC

The New York City Council approved Mayor Bill de Blasio's appointment of Sarah Carroll as the Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. As Chair, Carroll will lead the Commission as it continues to preserve and protect New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites. Carroll, a preservationist by training and profession, has dedicated her career to public service at LPC. She has deep institutional knowledge about the agency’s work and its operational strengths.
 
The MHNA sent a welcome letter to Sarah Carroll. 
 
Detail of Photo by Mary Frost: Sarah Carroll (middle) hoisting a flag at the Dumbo Historic Marker dedication.

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Three New Cultural Medallions Honoring Distinguished Murray Hill Residents Are Unveiled

Three New Cultural Medallions Honoring Distinguished Murray Hill Residents Are Unveiled

Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Charles Dana Gibson, and Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn were honored in April in ceremonies unveiling cultural medallions placed on the façades of each of the brownstones where they once resided in Murray Hill. 

To commemorate other illustrious residents who once lived in Murray Hill, the P&D Committee is exploring several names to add to our list of cultural medallion honorees. These include the songwriter, Cole Porter, the architect Marcel Breuer, the playwright Tennessee Williams and the actress Helen Hayes. 

Funding for the research, fabrication of the medallions and the videotaping of the ceremonies comes from individual sponsors, honored building owners and private donations. If you would like to sponsor or contribute to the Medallion Program, please visit our website at www.murrayhillnyc.org and click Donate. Email Susan Demmet at sldemmet@gmail.com when you donate so your contribution can be properly acknowledged, or if you know of a significant person who lived in Murray Hill whom you believe should be nominated for a Cultural Medallion.

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Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on changes to the landmark B. Altman Building, July 24, 2018

Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on changes to the landmark B. Altman Building, July 24, 2018

The Museum of Popular Culture, new owner of a portion of the landmarked B. Altman building, presented proposed changes to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on July 24, 2018, and applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

The Certificate of Appropriateness was approved with modifications. The LPC's decision.

 

Image: Rendering of proposed changes 

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Meet Your Neighborhood Walking Tour Guides

Meet Your Neighborhood Walking Tour Guides

Every last Sunday of the month, starting March 25, you can become better acquainted with local history, sites and stories in a 90-minute walk compliments of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Preservation & Design Committee. Four expert guides conduct these tours.

Photo: Left to right, Robin Garr, Barbara Sagan, Paula Thomson, statue of Jan Karski, the Polish Underground hero in front of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York

 

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Preserving Our Neighborhood

Preserving Our Neighborhood

Thanks to the creation of the Landmark Preservation Commission in 1965, thousands of buildings in New York City have been granted landmark or historic district status, saving them from demolition. The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Preservation & Design Committee is committed to preserving and protecting the historic residential character of our neighborhood, and takes great pride in its work.

As you walk around and enjoy the brownstones, stately mansions, stables and historic buildings in our neighborhood, we hope that you appreciate the efforts of the Preservation & Design Committee to safeguard our historical, cultural and architectural heritage. 

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Our LPC Proposal to Landmark 29 Buildings in Murray Hill - Update

Our LPC Proposal to Landmark 29 Buildings in Murray Hill - Update

The P&D Committee identified 29 buildings worthy of landmarking in Murray Hill and requested landmark status for those building from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commisison. In October, we received a disappointing response from the LPC. They have chosen only 3 of the 29 buildings for consideration.

We will let you know if these properties come up for a hearing at the LPC, although we think it will not be soon. In the meantime we will continue working to acquire landmark status for more buildings in order to preserve and protect the historic residential core of Murray Hill. 

Photo: 38 East 38th Street

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LPC Proposes 12 buildings in Greater East Midtown for Landmark Status

LPC Proposes 12 buildings in Greater East Midtown for Landmark Status

At a public meeting on May 10, 2016 the Landmarks Preservation Commission identified twelve buildings that merit landmark designation and contribute to the rich historical and architectural context of Greater East Midtown. The proposal is part of the NYC Administration’s larger effort to plan for the future of one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods. 

 

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Spotlight on Murray Hill’s Landmarks - NYC Landmarks Celebrating 50 Years

Spotlight on Murray Hill’s Landmarks - NYC Landmarks Celebrating 50 Years

In each article we will feature a few of Murray Hill’s landmarked buildings.  We begin with the buildings that have had landmark status the longest:

1966: The Morgan Library at 29-33 East 36th Street
1967: The set-back Federal house at 152 East 38th Street
1975: The DeLamar Mansion at 233 Madison Avenue
1979: The Church of the Incarnation at 205-207 Madison Avenue

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Spotlight on Murray Hill’s Landmarks

Spotlight on Murray Hill’s Landmarks

This is the second article to feature a group of four landmark buildings in Murray Hill. The landmark buildings are presented in the order that they became landmarked. This series of articles is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.  

1979: Lanier Mansion, 123 East 35th Street
1979: Adelaide Douglas House, 57 Park Avenue
1979: Thomas Clark House, 22 East 35th Street
1997: Bowdoin Carriage House, 149 East 38th Street

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Spotlight on Murray Hill’s Landmarks

Spotlight on Murray Hill’s Landmarks

This is the third article in a series that features a group of landmark buildings in Murray Hill. The landmark buildings are presented in the order that they became landmarked: 

1997: Jonathan W. Allen Stable
1998: J. Hampden Robb Mansion
2002: J.P. Morgan, Jr. Mansion

This series of articles is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.

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Spotlight on Murray Hill Landmarks

Spotlight on Murray Hill Landmarks

This is the fourth and last article featuring fourteen individual landmark buildings in historic Murray Hill, presented chronologically by the date that the building was designated as a landmark. The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Preservation & Design Committee has been an active participant with the Landmarks50 Alliance’s two-year celebration to honor landmarks in all five boroughs of the City. The LM50 celebration continues through 2016.

 

2008: The Allerton 39th Street Hotel, 45 East 39th Street
2010: Beaux Arts Style Mansion, 36 East 38th Street
2011: The Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street

 

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Landmarks Preservation Commission designation documents for The Murray Hill Historic District

Landmarks Preservation Commission designation documents for The Murray Hill Historic District

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