Monday, April 20, 2015

How has the Landmarks Preservation Commission allowed our Historic Block to become Restaurant Row?

PETITION UPDATE

How has the Landmarks Preservation Commission allowed our Historic Block to become Restaurant Row?

Kirby Sommers
New York, NY
Apr 18, 2015 — Andanada Restaurant at 141 West 69th Street (next door to rat infested Noi Due) is the FIFTH restaurant our 2 buildings have to contend with (if this horrific and terrifying restaurant with a known criminal is signed). 

I am surprised Andanada has been quiet about the issues we've brought to light -- since they are a Michelin star restaurant -- and if we're rat infested...well...I can't see the rats saying "We're just targeting these other places."

It is my understanding that Arthur Cornfeld (our landlord) via ARGO Corporation was involved many years ago into placing the FIRST restaurant on the historic residential street (used to be Levana and is now Andanada).

Cornfeld has succeeded in turning our quaint block into a commercial strip, which includes a Tarot Card reader (on the first floor in what used to be a rent stabilized apartment) with a garish sign standing on the curb, as well as real estate firm – with a sign affixed to the building.

How has this egregious trespass slipped through the vigilant eyes of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the strong West 69th Street Block Association, Gale Brewer (who represented the Upper West Side when she was a member of the New York City Council), and everyone who calls West 69th Street home?

We can stop what has become a cancer from spreading any further – endangering not just our quality of life, but our lives as well.

Please join our cause and help us save what is left of what was once the most beautiful historic block on the Upper West Side. We can do this, if we stand united.

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