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Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City's Landmarks Hardcover – October 25, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-0415952842 ISBN-10: 0415952840 Edition: 1st

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"Preserving New York is a valuable, deeply researched account of a little-knowm aspect of the city's past...And the photographs are wonderful..." -- Francis Morrone, The Wall Street Journal, January 2008

"Preserving New York...makes an important contribution to our overall understanding of preservation history in New York City by focusing on one compelling story - the previously untold saga of the people and places, the buildings and battles, and the politics and policies that led to the passage of New York City's landmarks law in 1965." -- Preservation Advocate, newsletter of the Preservation League of New York, Issue 121

"Knowing the early history of the movement, which is detailed admirably in Anthony C. Wood’s recent book Preserving New York: Winning a Right to Protect a City’s Landmarks is key to understanding the persistence and fervor with which New York’s preservationists follow the actions of this small city agency [Landmarks Preservation Commission.]" -- The New York Times, March 2009 

"Anthony Wood’s Preserving New York helps us realize again that preservation is about passionate people, not about laws―itshould be required reading for all of us who care about preserving our history." -- Buildings & Landscapes 16, no. 2 , Fall 2009

 

About the Author

Anthony C. Wood is a preservationist, historian, teacher and grant maker. Currently the Executive Director of the Ittleson Foundation, he has worked for the J.M. Kaplan Fund and the Municipal Art Society. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University and is the founder and Chair of the New York Preservation Archive Project.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415952840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415952842
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Cook on January 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Although many people think of New York City as a place that never looks back, it has managed to retain a wealth of architectural evidence from the past, even as it has experienced significant losses. In his book Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City's Landmarks (2008), noted preservation advocate and expert Anthony C. Wood describes New York's historic preservation legacy with a fresh point of view, one that goes far beyond the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Penn Central. (Historic preservation aficionados know this case as the first to uphold historic preservation as a valid public policy; most others associate it with the regulatory takings test the Court established there.) Describing an overlooked period in the development of the preservation movement in New York--1913 to 1965--Wood gives insight into the origins of the City's Landmarks Law. This nationally recognized law, Wood demonstrates, didn't spring into being merely because of the destruction of Pennsylvania Station, but also resulted from the culmination of the efforts of forgotten civic leaders on behalf of a wide range of equally important historic properties. Their work lives on in the rich and varied city we appreciate today and in the laws that protect it. Preservation leaders across the country will find lessons to apply in their own communities. In addition, I recommend it as a text to accompany any course in historic preservation.

William J. Cook
Assistant Professor
Charleston School of Law
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Why does New York's soaring Grand Central Terminal exist today...but not the equally impressive beaux arts Pennsylvania Station? This eminently readable and well-researched book unravels the tale of how New York City came to have a law protecting its historic, cultural and architectural landmarks. The pre-law preservation battles for landmarks like Castle Clinton, the Brokaw mansions and Greenwich Village's Jefferson Courthouse (and various other tussles with Robert Moses) are brought to life, as are key individual preservationists, such as the indomitable Albert Bard.

In this, the year of the fiftieth anniversary of NYC's landmarks law, it has been especially rewarding to discover in full the roots of New York's great effort to save its own sense of itself
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By Wasque on October 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Anthony C. Wood, one of New York's most respected preservationists, has written a book that is both thoroughly researched and beautifully written. The only book of its kind, Preserving New York offers an illuminating history of New York City's preservation movement and the farsighted citizens who never gave up. The book's photographs, footnotes, bibliography and index seal Preserving New York as an outstanding chronicle of the (continuing) battle to save the city's past for the benefit of all New Yorkers, current and future.
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