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  • As 186 Spring Street comes down, tensions arise

    Property was home to gay-rights pioneers and, later, to a Beastie Boy October 09, 2012 02:00PM  

    From left: 186 Spring Street and Robert Tierney of the LPC In the week since demolition began at 186 Spring Street — the townhouse purchased by Canadian developer Nordica from Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz to build a seven-story condominium — allegations of homophobia are emerging over the redevelopment of the gay-rights landmark, the New York Observer reported. In the 1970s and 1980s, the property housed prominent gay-rights activists, such as Bruce Voeller, Arnie Kantrowitz and Jim Owles. The Landmarks Preservation Commission denied the pleas of preservationists to landmark the property and keep it from redevelopment.

    Allen Roskoff, who was Jim Owles’ partner for many years, told the Observer, “What they did was homophobic … not only do I consider it an act against the movement, I consider it an act against me personally.” But the LPC counters that over the years it has landmarked other gay-rights landmarks as they are part of larger historic districts, such as the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village Historic District. The LPC has never approved applications to landmark individual properties within existing historic districts. In addition, the LPC argued, the influence of 186 Spring Street’s on the movement was not central, but peripheral.

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  • Upcoming Exhibitions

    October 8 - November 4, 2012

    DesignbyNewYork

    2012 Subway Show Building on the success of our past subway exhibitions, the AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture will open Design by New York in October of 2012 at the West 4th Street subway station. This year we are offering three image formats and sizes; with these new options members can submit images of supertall towers and panoramic landscapes! Click here for more details

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