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Some Question Number of NYC Historical Landmarks

Some Question Number of NYC Historical Landmarks

Some Question Number of NYC Historical Landmarks Kyle McCluer, flickr

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They say too many sites are labled as historical landmarks.

New York City has too many historic landmarks. That is what one coalition of real estate, labor and building industry groups say.

The Responsible Landmarks Coalition said the Landmark Preservation Commission has turned too many nondescript properties into historic sites. They said excessive preservation has a negative economic impact because it makes it harder to develop property.

But Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, said the city needs landmarks and new development.

“There’s room for both in this city. We’re all in the building business and there’s plenty of room here, but you don’t want to destroy what makes New York unique,” said Breen.

Breen notes that 96% of the buildings in the city are not historic landmarks.