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Historic Preservation - New York

New information added on August 29, 2013

"Orthodox Monks Fight Wind Project" - News Brief, PRFA, January 2008

"Ministry of Brooklyn's 'Green Church' Is Threatened By Community Preservationists" - News Brief, PRFA, January 2008

See Also
See Also

Historic Preservation - National

Cultural Eradication - National

Heritage Rivers and Areas - National

National Park Service - National

Zoning and Building Codes - National

Essential Books & Publications
Essential Books
& Publications

"Zoning and Building Codes" - Positions on Property Vol. 3, No. 2 (PRFA, 1996)

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In-Depth Information

  • "Save the Historic Cody Place" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse Vol. 17, No. 2
    (PRFA, July 2013)
    The well preserved Cody cabin, dating from 1923, is the only remaining building from the beloved Barber Place complex in West Stony Creek, where all the other buildings, which were in full use, were bulldozed into a pile and burned to ashes by DEC when the state acquired the land in 1974. The existence of this historic building is threatened when the right of occupancy expires on December 31, 2014. Be sure to view the current and historic photos.
  • James W. Keegan, Former Chairman, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, to Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.— Letter, October 29, 2011.
    Albert L. Wassenhove read this letter aloud at the Fifteenth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights. In the letter, Mr. Keegan writes, "I want to commend you on the excellent feature front page expose you published on the Olana versus Eger Family farm controversy in your Summer 2011 edition of the Property Rights Clearinghouse."
  • "Olana Devotees Battle Farmer's New Communications Tower" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Summer 2011)
    The National Park Service; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Scenic Hudson; and the Olana Partnership have ganged up against the Eger family farm in Columbia County, N.Y., alleging that the replacement of a communications tower at their farm will infringe on the view from Olana, the estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Property Rights Around New York" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc. (Speech to the Building & Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region, White Plains, N.Y., September 11, 2008)
    On the anniversary of 9/11, the insidious attempt to repeal new building code protections of high-rise office occupants that were the culmination of the work of the best minds in fire protection and engineering points to the true need for government that would protect the economy and property rights of New Yorkers by dealing with dictatorial historic preservation, NIMBY obstruction of local development, utility obstruction, warrantless rental inspections, overzealous wetland protection, free-wheeling eminent domain, and limitless preservation-oriented land acquisition.
  • Gretna Longware"The Campaign to Save Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower" - By Gretna Longware, Elizabethtown, N.Y.; Speech to the Ninth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 22, 2005)
    The 80-year-old Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower is the symbol around which local Adirondack people are rallying to preserve their cultural heritage. Mrs. Longware is leading a campaign to stop a State plan to dismantle the tower.
  • "National Historic Register Challenges Private Property Rights—Worth Commenting" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Spring 2005).
    Formal listing on the National Historic Register is deceptively portrayed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as non-regulatory, but, once the designation is in place, the agency uses the weight of its office to enforce the designation when a building or zoning permit application is made.
  • "Group Campaigns to Save Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower" - By Carol W. LaGrasse PRFA, April 21, 2005
    Loyalty to the 80-year old local landmark in Essex County is fueling a battle led by Elizabethtown resident Gretna Longware against the DEC's proposed reclassification of the area to "wilderness," apparently at the behest of influential environmentalists.
  • "Questions Historic District" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, Letter to Editor published in Freeman's Journal, Cooperstown, N.Y., May 7, 1999
    Once a building is placed on the National Historic Register, either individually or as part of a Historic District, the state's Environmental Quality Review Act, SEQRA, mandates that every state and local agency take into account the historic preservation of the building when the agency receives an application for the permit.
  • James Bovard"Government, the New Leviathan" - By James Bovard, Author, Public Policy Analyst, from Proceedings of the Second Annual N.Y. Conference on Private Property Rights (Property Rights Foundation of America, Oct. 19, 1996)
    Classical churches are becoming victims of historic preservation. St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue, New York City, was blocked by the City Landmarks Commission from selling its community house to build an office hi-rise, which would have enabled the church to fund its charitable activities.

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