The Landmarks of New York is designed to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the passage of the New York City Landmarks Law. In conjunction with the publication of “The Landmarks of New York, V” by noted author and curator Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the exhibition has traveled to five continents and more than 82 cities throughout the world.
Spanning 400 years of New York City history, the exhibit serves as an introduction to New York’s proud architectural heritage, and strong tradition of preservation, which is made possible by the influential New York City Landmarks Law.
This important legislation preserves buildings, properties and objects that have unique characters, or special historic or aesthetic values. Protection of these resources is essential to safeguarding the city’s, and the country’s historic, aesthetic and cultural heritage, and provides positive economic impact that benefits business and industry. This law serves as a model for landmarks laws throughout the country, helping to preserve many of New York’s, and the nation’s most important cultural and architectural icons.
In New York City alone, as of the end of October, 2010, there were 1,369 designated landmarks comprising nearly 30,000 properties, the largest number of designated landmarks and among the most valuable real estate in any city in the United States.
The Landmarks of New York documents buildings dating from the 1620s through the 1980s – from the idiosyncratic to the iconic. Approximately 100 black and white framed photographs with accompanying descriptive historic text about each building are featured in the exhibition. The Landmarks of New York is sponsored by the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, the New-York Historical Society, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and The Preservation League of New York State.