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Sunday, May 04, 2008

On The Street Where I Live

Fern Luskin is an art historian who lives on my block and a total hero. This short, but effective video reports on Fern's single-handed mission to save the only documented Underground Railroad Station in Manhattan, the former home of the abolitionists, Abigail Hopper Gibbons and James Sloan Gibbons. It was made by Djenny Passe-Rodriguez of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

No. 339 (adorned with ivy) in 1932.
West 29th Street in Manhattan when it was Lamartine Place in 1932. Photograph by Percy Loomis Sperr.

The New York Times also published an article on her efforts, and if anyone is interested in writing to the Chairperson of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, this is the contact information:

Hon. Robert G. Tierney
Landmarks Preservation Commission
2 Center Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10007


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