Save the Vitagraph Smokestack
  • Petitioned Landmarks Preservation Commission

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Save the Vitagraph Smokestack

    1. Jennifer Ann Redmond
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Ann Redmond

      Lindenhurst, NY

With movies like "Hugo" and "The Artist" bringing silent film to the forefront, it's important that we don't forget where the movies started -- here in NY! Brooklyn's Vitagraph Studios was one of the first, built in 1906, and one of the most successful, boasting names like Maurice Costello, Florence Turner ("The Vitagraph Girl"), and popular comedian John Bunny. Though the studio is long gone, the smokestack remains, albeit in very poor shape. Let's get it restored, and keep this visible reminder of the fledgling days of filmmaking around to inspire future generations!

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    1. Petition Reopened

      Jennifer Ann Redmond
      Petition Organizer

      Please continue to spread the word and sign the petition - we are trying a new angle and thank the Municipal Art Society for their followup advice!

    2. Petition is closed

      Jennifer Ann Redmond
      Petition Organizer

      I am closing the petition because I have been told by the Municipal Art Society that they are unable to help, and that the step I should be taking is to fill out a form with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.

      Thank you for all your help and support, and please, if you feel strongly about the smokestack, go to the following link and let them know:

      http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/propose/landmark.shtml

      Best to all,
      Jennifer

    3. The Municipal Art Society of New York is our new target!

      Jennifer Ann Redmond
      Petition Organizer

      Just received word this afternoon from the Brooklyn Historical Society:

      "Brooklyn Historical Society is a museum, library and education center...[w]e are very interested in questions of preservation, however we are not an advocacy organization. Therefore, I am concerned about your petition and making sure that that you are connecting your effort with an organization that is truly in the business of advocating for preservation of buildings and historic structures. Perhaps you might speak with...the Municipal Arts Society."

      We are redirecting our efforts. Thanks to everyone supporting this petition!

      Best,
      Jennifer

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Michael Luhmann GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Stan Laurel worked for Vitagraph

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      • over 1 year ago

      One of the last landmarks of film history should definitely be preserved.

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    • Claudia Sassen GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Vitagraph was one of the most important companies to produce hysterical comedy. The impact even remains with today's audiences.

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    • Ollie Paddel GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Vitagraph IS film!

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    • Claudia Sassen GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      Lawrence Semon got his start there.

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