As you'll read in this issue, over the past several months, the Commission has focused on initiatives to ensure equity, accessibility, and efficiency in our work. On the designation front, we prioritized the designation of buildings and sites that reflect the city's diversity and history and communities that have been less represented by designations. These include the designation of five individual landmarks that recognize Tin Pan Alley's contributions to American popular music and the significant achievements of songwriters and publishers of color (see New Designations below), and the proposed designation of the Manida Street Historic District in the South Bronx (see New on the Commission's Calendar). We continue to study buildings and communities throughout the five boroughs through the lens of equity to identify landmarks that represent all New Yorkers.
To make the agency's processes clear and accessible to all and ensure that appropriate work is approved as quickly as possible, we launched new tools, including the LPC Permit Guidebook: How to Get Staff-Level Approvals and new application forms (see LPC Launches New Permit Application Guide and Forms to Make it Easier to Apply For and More Quickly Obtain Permits). Outreach and education are also essential to our success, which is why we have been going directly to the communities to talk about the agency's work and the importance of preservation (see Raising Awareness about Preservation).
We have accomplished a lot these past several months thanks to the hard work of our staff, and I'm excited for what is yet to come.
Wishing you all the best,