The district will extend landmarks status to 115 buildings that reflect the architectural history of Morningside Heights.
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, NY — The Morningside Heights Historic District cleared one of its final hurdles Wednesday when the City Council voted to approve the creation of the 115-building landmark district.
Resolutions to create the district passed unanimously through the council’s land use committee and full body on Wednesday, according to council records. The creation of the Morningside Heights Historic District will award landmarks status to 115 buildings — mostly residential — in an area that spans from West 109th Street to West 119th Street and Riverside Drive to Amsterdam Avenue.
City Councilman Mark Levine, who’s district contains Morningside Heights, celebrated the vote.
“More so than almost any other neighborhood in New York City, Morningside Heights is defined by its history,” Levine said in a statement. “We are incredibly lucky that its unique architectural identity has survived remarkably intact into the 21st Century.
“As part of Morningside Heights’ new historic landmark designation, over 115 historic buildings essential to the identity and heritage of our community will now be preserved for decades to come.”
The Morningside Heights Historic District gained the approval of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in February after a lengthy review process. Most members of the community who spoke during an LPC public hearing in December supported the creation of the historic district. During the public hearing Levine called the neighborhood an “island of vulnerability,” with “rich architectural history.”
When the LPC voted to create the district, it praised its research staff for its diligent work on identifying the historic architectural styles of Morningside Heights and selecting buildings that fit those styles to be landmarked. The LPC has since used that research to create a virtual, interactive map of the district.
“If you ask most residents if Morningside Heights should be a Historic District, they would probably tell you that we already have one!” Laura Friedman, president of the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee, said in a statement “At long last they will be correct.”
NOTE: SEE VIDEO LINK BELOW FOR CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER MARK-VIVERITO, FOLLOWED BY COUNCILMEMBER MARK LEVINE’S INTRODUCTION OF THE BILL ON THE FLOOR OF THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL — Beginning at around 18:00
Check out a map of the historic district below: