As you'll read in this issue, the Commission has been very active with its designation agenda during the past couple of months. There are 9 new individual landmarks, one scenic landmark, and a new historic district. I am especially proud of advancing the designation of the Coney Island (Riegelmann) Boardwalk, the Central Harlem - West 130-132nd Streets Historic District, and three buildings in East Harlem. A centerpiece of my tenure has been to increase our appreciation of the social and cultural contributions of different communities through our designations, and these designations shine a light on New York City's rich social and cultural heritage.
The Coney Island Boardwalk, now the 11th scenic landmark in New York City, has welcomed people of all walks of life since it opened 95 years ago, ensuring the public could freely access the beach and ocean. Its history is unique and unparalleled, and it reflects the City's progressive policies of inclusion and access, as welcomes all New Yorkers. It is no wonder that the Boardwalk is a fixture in the minds and hearts of communities in the city and all over the world.
Our designations in East Harlem gave us the opportunity to tell the history and contributions of a diverse array of immigrants, Puerto Rican New Yorkers and celebrate the city's diversity. These three buildings embody East Harlem's unique development history and highlight how civic institutions and businesses helped shape the lives of the neighborhood's immigrant groups.
The Central Harlem - West 130-132nd Streets Historic District is a remarkable reminder of the significant role the African American community of Harlem played in creating political and social change in the city and nation, particularly during the Harlem Renaissance through the civil rights movement. That Scott Joplin lived in this charming enclave, or that the National Headquarters for the March on Washington is located here, makes it even more important to preserve.
This rich group of landmark properties is particularly special to me, not only because they remind me of why I, and so many like me, seek to live and work in New York and make it our home, but also because these will be my last designations as I leave this agency for other pursuits.
It has been the greatest privilege to serve this city of my dreams for 28 years, and to Chair and lead this Commission over the last four years. A very wise friend gave me career advice when I joined the Department of City Planning as a junior planner - "find the work that that will fulfill your spirit." And working to shape the City of New York for the future, at the Department of City Planning, at the Board of Standards and Appeals, and finally, at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, did just that - fulfilled my spirit.
Our landmarks and historic districts fulfill people's spirits every day. How poetic is that!
Wish you all the very best,