As you'll read in this issue, the Commission's website now has a new look! It was crafted to reflect what we have heard from stakeholders and the public about what they want to see on our site, and to make it easier than ever for users to find information on the agency's work. We will continually be expanding our online content to update New Yorkers on the commission's work and relevant information. I encourage you to check back often and send us your feedback.
The agency also launched a brand new website dedicated to New York City's archaeological collections. Researchers, teachers, students, archaeology buffs, and the public will have easy access to the city's archaeological treasures. Researchers and scholars may also come and study these artifacts at the New York City Archaeological Repository: The Nan A. Rothschild Research Center which opened in August 2014. I am delighted that these initiatives advance our goals to promote equity, efficiency and transparency and especially proud to announce that nyc.gov/archaeology has been awarded "The Best of NYC" Excellence in Technology award for Best External Site.
As part of our designation agenda, the Commission calendared the Sullivan-Thompson Historic District in Manhattan. The collection of buildings in the proposed district represents the development of the area from a residential row house neighborhood in the early 19th century to a mixed-use, working-class neighborhood in the early 20th century, and we look forward to holding a public hearing on November 29th.
In the fifty years since the Commission was established, it has designated more than 36,000 buildings and sites and, of those, only 117 are interior landmarks. Therefore, it is notable that the Commission recently calendared two interiors— the United Nations Hotel first floor interiors (Ambassador Grill and part of the lobby), and the Waldorf Astoria interiors.
As we approach the end of 2016, we continue working toward achieving the goals that, together, we set out to accomplish by the end of the year. With significant public participation, we have designated more than half of the sites prioritized through the Backlog Initiative and are committed to bringing the remaining sites before the Commission within the next two months. In addition, the Commission will soon be voting on the properties that were identified during the Greater Midtown East Initiative.
I look forward to continue working together to ensure that the best of our city's built environment continues to be protected and preserved.
My very best,