Landmarks Commission Fails Neighbors Fighting to Preserve Bed-Stuy History

Contractors started bulldozing the beloved Jacob Dangler mansion Wednesday morning—first yanking the decorative copper spire on the roof— despite efforts from neighbors and electeds to preserve the building and its unique French gothic architecture.

The New York City Department of Buildings issued the demolition permit on the building Tuesday, after waiting a mandatory 40 days for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to vote on whether this building would be eligible to receive landmark status. But, the LPC didn’t vote on the property in time, and on day 42, demolition started.

As the news spread online, more than 20 residents gathered Thursday morning to voice their disapproval of the wrecking.

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