BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
A months-long effort to landmark the Long Island City Clock Tower may soon end in success.
At a public hearing of the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday, all comments regarding landmarking the clock tower – the former Bank of Manhattan building at 29-27 Queens Plaza North – was positive, including from the Commissioners, according to the agency.
A campaign to landmark the Clock Tower, spearheaded by Michael Hall and Matthew Chrislip of the architecture coalition +Partners, became especially urgent last November when Property Markets Group purchased the site, inspiring fears of impending demolition.
At 14 stories, the building was once the tallest in Queens. Decorative crests, gargoyles and the clock face itself are among the building’s design features cited by Hall and Chrislip as deserving of landmark status.
“We were pleased with the positive response of the public and the Commission at this morning’s hearing,” the pair said in a statement following the public hearing. “We are optimistic that the Commission’s vote on May 12 will be to designate the Clock Tower as a New York City landmark. We will continue to gather signatures on our petition in anticipation of this vote.”
Although a vote was tentatively set for May 12 at the hearing, LPC spokesperson Damaris Olivo later clarified that it may happen at any point during that month.
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