The NYC Landmark Commission has officially designated over 35,000 landmark properties, most of which are located in 138 historic districts across all five boroughs.
If you’re a history buff interested in making it a springtime project to see all 35,000, you can now access all of the landmarks in a comprehensive, color-coded digital map.
The map, created by the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission, allows users to search for landmarks by name, neighborhood or classification. Landmark sites are clickable and display additional information like photos and designation reports.
For instance, landmark site The High School of the Performing Arts (PS 67) at 111 West 46th Street, was designated in 1982 as an individual landmark. Completed in 1984, it is noted for its Romanesque Revival style. The architect was C.B.J. Snyder, Superintendent of School Buildings for the Board of Education, who was broadly celebrated for not only creating sturdy buildings, but “handsome” ones too.
As the largest municipal preservation agency in the country, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission is devoted to protecting New York City’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status. Once they are designated, the Commission regulates those landmarks, usually in zoning and usage cases.
Founded in 1965, the LPC was created through legislation signed by Mayor Robert F. Wagner as a “response to the mounting losses of historically significant buildings in New York City, most notably Pennsylvania Station.”
The commission’s scope is so robust, it has had trouble keeping up with pending designations. It recently developed a plan to streamline its operations and address a backlog of nearly a hundred properties, some of which had been bottlenecked since the 1990s.