With the city considering demolishing PS 199 on 70th street and West End Avenue to redevelop the site with a luxury high-rise and a new school, opponents are looking for any way to stop or slow the process. This week, Councilwoman Gale Brewer sent a letter (below) to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to see if they’d consider making the school a landmark, because it was designed by Edward Durell Stone, a famous mid-century American architect.
Brewer calls the building an “architectural gem.” Is it just us, or does the building exude a certain prison-like ambiance? Hey, modernism isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. (That’s no knock on PS 199, which is clearly one of the great schools in the city.)
Read about the latest developments in the story here.