Wednesday, June 28, 2006

MAS Eulogy to East River's Lost Industrial Heritage

Death Notice

The Municipal Arts Society held a session last night billed as a "eulogy" for the East River's lost industrial heritage. Included among the "deaths" are the iconic Long Island City Power House, whose smokestacks were castrated last year as part of a redevelopment plan that will push a highrise through the building, the burned-down Greenpoint Terminal Market and the demolished Con Ed Waterside Power Station in Manhattan.

MAS and others are still pushing a last ditch effort to try to landmark Austin & Nichols Warehouse at 184 Kent (strongly opposed by City Council Member and Congressional candidate David Yassky) despite last year's nasty fight and the fact that it is now cleared of residents and on the verge of development into luxury condos. And there is a move to landmark the Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg as well as the magnificent Sohmer Piano Factory in Long Island City.

The links above contain information about where one can write to try to spur action to save the survivors.

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