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Conversation | On Landmarks

7th St Church 1Sarah Tung

Just before the weekend, we posted a story about the debate over granting a landmark designation to a Russian Orthodox church on Second Street.

The piece was also referenced on, a blog focused on land use issues.

And here at The Local, one reader, Isaac Bass, noted that the landmark dispute is “an issue that wasn’t black and white and had many facets. It left me pondering the merits of both sides of the argument and how it may be resolved in a so-called win-win way.”

We’d like to hear your thoughts about landmark designations and if you think there are any solutions that could be, as Mr. Bass noted, win-win.

A Landmark Debate

The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently announced that it has issued a landmark designation for Eleventh Street Methodist Episcopal Chapel on 11th Street between Avenues A and B. Still unresolved is the status of a proposal to extend a similar designation to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection on Second Street near Second Avenue, a move so far opposed by church officials. NYU Journalism’s Gabriella Bass and Amir Shoucri report on the debate over the merits of “landmarking.”