Important Preservation Article on Morningside Heights

Robin Pogrebin (below) has done an excellent NY Times Arts section article today on the struggle between institutions (particularly Columbia) versus residents and preservationists to preserve the historic structures and spaces of Morningside Heights. Lyn (Carolyn) Kent, a founder of the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee, is quoted as is a report that she recently drafted. In the light of its announced intent to take over the north grounds of the Cathedral to build new buildings (blocking views of it), its plan to destroy three of the early residences on 115th St. west of Morningside Drive, and the ugly structure it is rising at the north west corner of its main campus, the claim of a Columbia rep that it can be trusted in such matters, may be taken with a grain of salt. Ed Kent


Fighting On to Preserve Morningside Heights
The city landmarks agency has yet to be convinced that
Morningside Heights is worthy of protection.


“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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