Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Save the Vitagraph Smokestack 2.0

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile might remember the petition I started back in early 2012, to try and rescue this piece of history from the wrecking ball.  Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in winning over the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, who claimed it was only a "fragment" of the original Vitagraph complex and, therefore, not eligible for status.

Today I was contacted by Melissa Friedling, founder of Slouch Productions and teacher at the prestigious New School; the smokestack has scaffolding around it and looks in danger of imminent demolition, an action sure to break the hearts of film and history-savvy New Yorkers.  So...

Ms Friedling is taking up the gauntlet and refusing to let the smokestack go without a fight.

Please, all of you, sign her petition and support this cause!   Perhaps it's not too late after all!

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