Jefferson Market Courthouse in New York

A Love Affair with a Landmark in Manhattan: An Arresting Drama in Greenwich Village. [Opinions expressed are the views of OLD JEFF unless attributed to other - - potentially less-reliable - - sources, i.e., newcomers who have not been around since 1832 on Sixth Avenue.]

Saturday, December 10, 2005


Splendid. You've arrived to sample another piece from Old Jeff's collection of choice tidbits. Get acquainted with The New York Landmarks Conservancy. Here's what they say about their mission.

• • The New York Landmarks Conservancy is dedicated to preserving, enhancing, revitalizing, and reusing architecturally significant buildings in New York City and State. The Conservancy advocates for preservation in Washington, Albany, and at City Hall. In addition, we are the only preservation organization in New York City – and one of the few in the country – with the financial and technical resources to actually make preservation happen.
• • Example: this organization provides updated information on endangered buildings in NYC neighborhoods - - and what could be more "endangered" than Jefferson Market [languishing at 425 Sixth Avenue]? - - and they organize strategies for rescuing these structures from further decline.
• • New York Landmarks Conservancy
• • 141 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
• • tel: 212.995.5260 • fax: 212.995.5268

• • Last month, at the Living Landmarks Celebration [2 November 2005], the honorees included:
• • Elizabeth F. Rohatyn, Chairwoman, NY Public Library
[residence: 810 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10021]
Since Elizabeth Rohatyn noted how much Manhattan's architectural ambiance moves her, write and ask if she can please get the facade of Jefferson Market [hidden under water-logged scaffolding since 2003] restored.
• • Edward I. Koch, former NYC Mayor
[residence: 2 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011]
Since Ed Koch recalled fighting to save Penn Station and declared how proud he was to be the first mayor to elect a full-time Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission - - and since he lives 2 blocks from Jefferson Market - - encourage him to come to the rescue.
• • Sharing stories and memories at the November 2nd gala at Cipriani's, all the honorees noted how much they cherish the buildings — and people — of our City. Jefferson Market's sad condition offers an opportunity for Rohatyn and Koch to put their emotion in motion.
• • Mail your letters before the postage rate goes up next month.
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• • Photo: s.w.a.k.

Jefferson Market.