2013-07-03 / Front Page

Marshall Proclaims Queens Landmarks Month

Flushing Quaker Meeting House.
Photo New York Landmarks ConservancyFlushing Quaker Meeting House. Photo New York Landmarks ConservancyQueens Borough President Helen M. Marshall has proclaimed Queens Landmarks Month in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the New York Landmarks Conservancy.  The renowned landmarks of Queens, America’s most diverse county, are a source of great pride for the borough and help attract visitors from across the country and around the world. 
“In the past 40 years, the Landmarks Conservancy has disbursed grants and low-interest loans to Queens residents totaling more than $4.3 million which has mobilized over $13.9 million in renovation projects, revitalizing communities, providing economic stimulus and supporting local jobs throughout the borough,” according to Marshall.  “It is the only preservation organization in New York that empowers Queens property owners with the financial and technical assistance they need to restore their historic homes, businesses, cultural, religious Prospect Cemetery in Jamaica.
Prospect Cemetery in Jamaica. and social institutions.”
The conservancy’s advocacy and financial and technical assistance programs have benefited a broad range of historic properties throughout Queens, including Former TWA and Pan Am Terminals, JFK Airport, Terra Cotta Building, Long Island City, Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Prospect Cemetery in Jamaica, St. James Parish Hall, Church of the Resurrection, Free Synagogue of Flushing, Jackson Heights co-ops, and Candela Pavilions in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.  In addition, post-Hurricane Sandy emergency grants and technical assistance was provided to Beth-El Church of God in Far Rockaway and Flushing Monthly Meeting House.
“We are proud to help preserve and protect the rich architectural legacy of Queens,” said Peg Breen, Conservancy president.  “We like to think of ourselves as the ‘ghost busters’ of preservation.  We are who you call for help to save your historic buildings.”
Some of Queens’ most well-known officially designated landmarks and historic districts include Sunnyside Gardens, Jackson Heights, Douglaston and Fort Totten Historic Districts, Astoria Park Pool, Marine Air Terminal, Louis Armstrong House and former TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport.
Since its founding, the conservancy has loaned and granted more than $40 million, which has leveraged more than $1 billion in 1,550 restoration projects throughout New York.  The conservancy has also offered countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both individuals and nonprofit organizations.  The conservancy’s work has saved more than a thousand buildings across the city and state, protecting New York’s distinctive cultural heritage for residents and visitors alike today, and for future generations.  For more information, visit www.nylandmarks.org.

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