West End Preservation Society is an award winning, non-profit organization.
Our mission is to preserve and protect West End Avenue. We strive to ensure that the architecture and ambience of West End Avenue will endure for generations to come, even in the face of major development. To that end, we proposed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) that they extend the existing historic districts of WEA to include the length of the Avenue from 70th to 107th Street.
June 26, 2012, the LPC voted, unanimously, to designate the Riverside-West End Historic District Extension I.
WEPS' Road To Designation: On March 18, 2009 WEPS formally submitted our request for evaluation for a West End Avenue Historic District to the New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission. Included with our request was a letter to Chair Robert Tierney, a bound copy of Andrew Dolkart's, 260 page, West End Avenue Survey and copies of the signatures collected for our ongoing Petition.
Separately, a letter in support of this proposal and signed by our elected officials was hand delivered to the LPC by the Manhattan Borough President's office. We thank the MBP's office for coordinating this effort and we thank the elected officials for their continued support of a West End Historic District.
Achieving historic district status continues to be the top priority of the Society. We need to keep this issue alive and well until designation. Nov 16, 2010 the LPC voted unanimously to place the West End Collegiate District Extension and the Riverside-West End District Extensions on their calendar for public hearings.
Hearings began in March of 2011. This moved us closer to our mission but we still have a long way to go. Our second public hearing was on June 28, 2011 for the West End Collegiate District Extension. Closing out the trio was the Riverside-West End District Extension II, October 25, 2011. We currently await the other two LPC designation votes, expected by the end of 2012.
Once designation has been accomplished, we can devote our attention to other issues facing residents. We look forward to further success working with the community to preserve, protect, inform and beautify our West End neighborhood.
Richard D. Emery, President
Erika Petersen, Executive Vice-President & Secretary
Farid Moussavi, Treasurer
Josette Amato, Executive Director