FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 15, 2016
LANDMARKS COMMISSION LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE LANDMARKS MAP
Public information tool Discover NYC Landmarks provides details on thousands of landmarks throughout New York City
NEW YORK— Today the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) launched Discover NYC Landmarks, an interactive map that allows individuals to easily search, navigate, and explore designated landmarks in their neighborhoods and throughout the five boroughs.
The map, which can be found at on.nyc.gov/NYCLandmarks, is part of LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan's ongoing commitment to transparency and accessibility in the Commission's processes.
Utilizing a simple responsive interface, New Yorkers and visitors can use any device to find individual, interior, and scenic landmarks, as well as historic districts around the city and near their current location. Users can also freely explore by clicking on landmark points on the map. The Discover NYC Landmarks map is the first time that New Yorkers can interactively search for designated landmarks with corresponding photos and designation reports. Designation reports are published at the time of a property’s landmark designation, and provide an in-depth analysis of the building’s history and significant architectural features. Search results on the map also include important landmark information such as architect, style, and construction date. In addition to designated landmarks, the map displays "calendared" sites, which are not designated and currently under consideration by the Commission.
"For fifty years, the Commission has been very active in evaluating and designating New York City’s exceptional architecture, historic spaces, and iconic neighborhoods, and we want the world to know about our treasures," said Chair Srinivasan. "Now anyone can easily find a wealth of information about our city's designated landmarks on one convenient online map. The launch of this map is a key milestone in our efforts to ensure that all New Yorkers have the history of our city at their fingertips."
The Discover NYC Landmarks map is part of a broader LPC initiative to bring greater transparency, efficiency, and public access to the agency. Over the last two years, the Commission has launched a searchable online designation report database, a searchable database of Commission decisions on projects at landmark sites, redesigned its application forms to make them more efficient and user-friendly, and posts applicant presentation materials on the LPC website prior to public hearings and meetings for proposed work on landmark sites.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is the mayoral agency responsible for protecting and preserving New York City's architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings and sites. Since its creation in 1965, LPC has granted landmark status to more than 34,000 buildings and sites, including 1355 individual landmarks, 117 interior landmarks, 10 scenic landmarks, and 138 historic districts and extensions in all five boroughs. Under the City's landmarks law, considered among the most powerful in the nation, the Commission must be comprised of at least three architects, a historian, a realtor, a planner or landscape architect, as well as a representative of each borough.