New York Times: Court Upholds Landmark Status of City and Suburban First Avenue Estates
By Robin Pogrebin
June 25, 2010
The New York Appellate Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the landmark status of the City and Suburban First Avenue Estates on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In 2006, the two tan-brick apartment houses were designated a landmark, even though the owners had reclad them in reddish-pink stucco, drastically changing their appearance.
“The two buildings clearly have a historical significance that justifies their designation as landmarks,” the court said in its decision.
“I commend the court for making the right decision,” said Council Member Jessica Lappin, who represents parts of the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island and was formerly chairwoman of the council’s landmarks committee. “Now the owner should restore these buildings to their former state and stop fighting a losing and wrongheaded battle with the community. The ugly pink stucco has to go.”
Brian Maddox, a spokesman for the Stahl York Avenue Company, which owns the property, said: “We are weighing all legal options, including an appeal, which will permit us to pursue our interest in developing the property.”