Recalcitrant owner of Landmark agrees to $1.1M fine

Clinton, Manhattan

LPC filed action to compel owner’s repair of landmarked building. After receiving no response to a series of notices regarding the structural instability and deteriorating facade of the landmarked Windermere building at 400 West 57th Street, Landmarks filed suit to compel Toa Construction to repair its building. The action also sought $5,000 in daily civil penalties.

Two months later, a lower court ordered Toa to give Landmarks access to the building to complete … <Read More>

City sues to save landmarked apt. bldg.

Lawsuit intended to keep 19th century landmark from falling into a state of disrepair. In 2005, Landmarks designated the Windermere Apartments, three buildings located on West 57th Street and Ninth Avenue, in order to preserve its Queen Anne-style architecture and to recognize its storied history as a residence for young, self-supporting women entering the workforce in the mid-1800s. The owners claimed that the buildings were in an “unsafe condition” and did not warrant designation; preservation … <Read More>