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An interesting and fun map from the city of NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission lets you discover thousands of landmarks of interest in the Big Apple – thanks James Fee for the tip off about this one!
This description comes via Travel & Leisure Magazine… Called Discover NYC Landmarks, the web-based map provides information on specific buildings and neighborhoods, historic pictures, and more. Users can select certain points in an area to learn fun facts about a given site including who constructed the building and when
About the effort:
The Landmarks Preservation Commission designates four different types of landmarks:
Individual Landmarks | the exteriors of individual buildings and sites, ranging from farmhouses to skyscrapers. Examples include the Woolworth Building, the Louis Armstrong House in Queens and the Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island, Brooklyn
Interior Landmarks | building interiors that are “customarily open or accessible to the public” and meet the criteria for individual landmarks. Examples include the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, the lobby of the Empire State Building and the concourse and waiting room at Grand Central Terminal
Scenic Landmarks | City-owned parks or other landscape features, such as Prospect Park, Central Park and Ocean Parkway
Historic Districts | areas of the city that possess architectural and historical significance and a distinct “sense of place”. Examples include the Brooklyn Heights, Greenwich Village, Ridgewood and Grand Concourse historic districts
To learn more about the work of the Commission please visit our website at www.nyc.gov/landmarks.