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Lehman Celebrates New York’s Architectural Gems 4. “LANDMARKS OF NEW YORK” This past April, an exciting new exhibition at the Lehman College Art Gallery marked the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law. Passed in 1965, after the demolition of the original Penn Station, the law has saved some 34,000 structures from the wrecking ball—from buildings to parks to bridges to cemeteries—in the half century since it’s been in existence, all in an effort to preserve the rich and diverse architectural heritage of our great metropolis. From the Bowery to the Bronx; to Brooklyn’s famed bridge to Staten Island and the skyscrapers that dot the center of Manhattan, the New York City Landmarks Law has kept the Big Apple’s past and present alive for future generations to enjoy. This magisterial exhibition has graced galleries in NYC at the New-York Historical Society, the Brooklyn Historical Society, Baruch College, Sailors Snug Harbor, and Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Courthouse in Brooklyn Heights. “Preservationists have long understood the benefits of protecting our heritage from destruction,” wrote Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Chair of Historic Landmarks Preservation Center (www.hlpcculturalmedallions.org), who curated the exhibition, in an essay introducing the photographs. “The preservation of our landmarks provides a sense of continuity between past and present, and an appreciation of the accomplishments that outlast an individual life.” This exhibition documents the quality and diversity of New York City’s landmarks—in all its boroughs, including the Bronx, which has some of the city’s most recognizable structures. This remarkable collection of photographs of New York’s architecture is presented here to mark this historical exhibition. 1. 2. 3. 36 Lehman Today 1. E  mpire State Building (Shreve, Lamb, & Harmon; 1931). Perhaps the most recognizable piece of architecture in all of New York City. At 1,250 feet tall, it was the world’s largest building until the 1973 opening of the World Trade Center. 2. C  entral Park (Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux; 1857). The first great planned park in America, Central Park has set the standard against which all large parks are judged. 3. B  egrish Hall at Bronx Community College (Marcel Breuer & Associates; 1956-61). A trapezoidal building by renowned architect Marcel Breuer, who later designed two buildings at Lehman Campus (Shuster Hall and the Fine Arts Building). 4. B  rooklyn Bridge (John A. Roebling, Washington A. and Emily Roebling; 1867-83). Spanning 1,595 feet and rising 135 feet above the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge is a feat of ingenuity and beauty that defines the New York landscape. Lehman Today 37