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Save this historic NYC icon before it's too late

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New York City wouldn’t be NYC without its subways. And New York City’s subways wouldn’t exist without the IRT Powerhouse.

If you’ve ever commuted on a numbered subway line, you can respect the feat of engineering that is the IRT Powerhouse. But all of that NYC history could be lost if this building isn’t landmarked.

The IRT Powerhouse was built in 1904 by McKim, Mead & White to power NYC’s first subway network (today’s 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 trains). Its design was meant to represent the city’s potential – a monument to a modern and powerful New York City. 

Today, it is in jeopardy of being destroyed. Its current owner, ConEdison has let its facade slowly fall apart. Without landmark protection, ConEdison could demolish the building or sell it to the highest bidder. Landmarking the Powerhouse would ensure we New Yorkers have a say in its future. Imagine a new Tate Modern along the Hudson or a vibrant community center for the neighborhood.

The Powerhouse is one of 95 historic and significant buildings to be potentially stripped of their protection via the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s “Backlog95” initiative. 

The LPC is giving New Yorkers ONE chance to submit their case for saving the IRT Powerhouse on November 5th.

Don’t let this building succumb to the same fate as McKim, Mead & White’s other masterpiece, Pennsylvania Station. Preserve this important piece of NYC history.

It’s not too late. There are still a few more days before the hearing! 

We have ONE chance to speak up for this building. Sign this petition and send to as many people as you can by November 5th to ensure a new life for the IRT Powerhouse!

I will be in person submitting this list myself on November 5th - and encourage anyone who may want to join as well. 

Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor at 9am!

And message Meenakshi Srinivasan directly!

 



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