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From Irving Berlin to Scott Joplin, Fats Waller to Cole Porter, the composers and lyricists of Tin Pan Alley wrote the songs that defined American popular culture from the late-1880s to the mid-1950s. Beginning as early as 1885, music publishers flocked to this singular block, on West 28th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in Manhattan, to set up shop.

A number of the structures that housed these creative agencies still remain including the buildings at 40-42 and 47-55 West 28th Street. Yet despite their undeniable significance, these properties sit unprotected and vulnerable to development and real estate pressures. Some of the most significant buildings at 47, 49, 51, 53 and 55 have been on and off the market for several years now, marketed as a huge development site of more than 111,000 square feet of prime real estate.

This is no way to treat America’s irreplaceable cultural history. The preservation of these row houses is long overdue and now it’s time for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to preserve these important structures for generations to come.

Letter to
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Robert Tierney
Landmark Tin Pan Alley!

From Irving Berlin to Scott Joplin, Fats Waller to Cole Porter, the composers and lyricists of Tin Pan Alley wrote the songs that defined American popular culture from the late-1880s to the mid-1950s. Beginning as early as 1885, music publishers flocked to this singular block, on West 28th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in Manhattan, to set up shop.

A number of the structures that housed these creative agencies still remain including the buildings at 40-42 and 47-55 West 28th Street. Yet despite their undeniable significance, these properties sit unprotected and vulnerable to development and real estate pressures. Some of the most significant buildings at 47, 49, 51, 53 and 55 have been on and off the market for several years now, marketed as a huge development site of more than 111,000 square feet of prime real estate.

This is no way to treat America’s irreplaceable cultural history. The preservation of these row houses is long overdue and now it’s time for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to preserve these important structures for generations to come.

The undersigned urge the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark the buildings at 40, 42, 47, 49, 51, 53, and 55 West 28th Street NOW to honor the importance of Tin Pan Alley to the musical and popular culture of the 20th century.

For more information contact the 29th Street Association at 29st.association@gmail.com or the Historic Districts Council at hdc@hdc.org or 212-614-9107.