Locals begin petition to save the LIC Clock Tower


A photo of the LIC Clock Tower (Photo by Clemens Kois)

Thanks to Jerry Barnard from 145 Antiques, who recently alerted us to a petition to save the LIC Clock Tower. The petitioners want to designate the tower as a landmark given the recent sale of the building to a real estate developer. Here’s more information from the petition’s website:

The iconic Long Island City Clock Tower, which has towered over Queens Plaza since 1927, is one of the most significant architectural landmarks in Queens. Known historically as the Bank of Manhattan Building (29‑27 Queens Plaza North), the Clock Tower was designed by architect Morrell Smith and was the tallest building in the borough until the Citigroup building (1 Court Square) was erected in 1990. The building’s 14 stories—three of which comprise the tower and house its monumental 14’ four-faced illuminated clock—are faced with buff-colored pressed brick and Indiana limestone trim and boast neo-Gothic historical references that culminate in the crests and gargoyles decorating the battlements.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is currently evaluating the Clock Tower to determine its eligibility for designation, and it has already passed preliminary review. With the recent sale of the building, however, we need an immediate and strong show of community support to ensure that it is preserved.


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