City College of New York President Coico’s Proposed Project Threatens Architectural Integrity of the Hamilton Heights Historic District. Residents Outraged!


Help Protect the Hamilton Heights – Sugar Hill Historic Districts.  Join the Historic Preservation Advocacy Committee.

 After many years of community advocacy and ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the historical and architectural integrity of the Hamilton Heights – Sugar Hill Districts, one of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods for it’s rich housing stock, wide avenues, and quiet, foliaged blocks, City College of New York is about to disrupt the cohesive and contextual fabric of the Hamilton Heights Historic District.  With questionable notification and presentation to the community, City College has quietly proposed and has gotten approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to add a rear yard, 50′ tall, out-of-context glass structure with a near-solid concrete north wall (which is not shown in their architectural sketches) to a limestone row house, 280 Convent Avenue at the corner of W 141st.

Homeowners adjacent to 280 Convent including residents on W 140, 141, 142  and 144 Streets have coalesced to oppose the proposed project and persuade City College to have an open dialogue with community residents about preserving the integrity of the historic district and finding a more appropriate design or solution which eliminates the addition.

If you care about the preservation of the historic districts, we urge you to join the advocacy effort surrounding this issue.  To allow this project to move forward as proposed sends the wrong message and sets a bad precedent for our historic district and all others citywide. Please e-mail to get involved!


Hamilton Heights Historic District Designated 1974

Hamilton Heights Historic District Extension Designated 2000

Sugar Hill Historic Districts Designated 2001 and 2002


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