You are reading

Long Island City’s Clock Tower has been landmarked

Bank1-475x356

May 12, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge

The iconic LIC Clock Tower is now safe.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to landmark the 11-story building, known for its neo-Gothic detailing, gargoyles and its glass clock face.

The Clock Tower – located at 29-27 Queens Plaza North– was the tallest building in Queens prior to the construction of the Citigroup Building in 1990.

“For nearly a century, the Queens Clock Tower building has been one of Long Island City’s most recognizable structures, greeting hundreds of thousands of commuters as they enter the borough,” Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said in a statement.

“The Commission is proud to recognize this iconic building, which represents a significant period of development in Long Island City.”

The designation marks a victory for a months-long community campaign to landmark the tower, which was once the Bank of Manhattan Building. A petition to landmark the Clock Tower garnered more than 1,600 signatures.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer also wrote a letter to the LPC last year calling on the agency to landmark the structure.

Queens Plaza Park Development, a partnership between Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization, purchased the tower last November.

The owners could not immediately be reached for comment.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Southeast Queens man arraigned on weapons charges after cops search his ‘ghost car’ near LaGuardia Airport: DA

A Hollis man was criminally charged after police discovered a cache of weapons in his vehicle during a traffic stop. He was pulled over for driving a “ghost car” with obscured license plates in East Elmhurst near LaGuardia Airport during the early morning hours of June 12.

Judd Sanson, 27, of Jamaica Avenue, was ordered held without bail after he was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon on a criminal complaint charging him with multiple counts of weapons possession, unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition, and unlawful use of a police uniform or emblem and other crimes after the arsenal was found in his SUV.

‘Ghost car’ driver arrested in East Elmhurst after traffic stop reveals weapons, threatening note: NYPD

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst discovered an arsenal of weapons in a ghost car they pulled over on Ditmars Boulevard and 86th Street in East Elmhurst early Wednesday morning.

NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey held a press briefing at the 110th Precinct on Wednesday afternoon to discuss what the sergeant and three officers from the 110th Precinct public safety team found when they pulled over a black Ford Explorer at around 1:30 a.m. because it had blacked-out license plates.

Henry ‘Hank’ Krumholz, stalwart pioneer of Queens LGBTQ Pride, dies at 73

Henry “Hank” Krumholz, a pioneering gay rights activist in Queens, passed away on Sunday in his Flushing apartment at the age of 73.

Krumholz played a crucial role in the establishment and success of the Queens LGBTQ Pride Parade, which is held annually in Jackson Heights. He joined the parade’s sponsoring organization right after its inaugural event in 1993 and continued his involvement for decades. His passing came just a week after this year’s parade on June 2, marking its 31st anniversary.