Worth Preserving? Battle in Midtown

To preservationists and a growing number of apartment dwellers, a swath of land north of Madison Square Park feels like a section of industrial Manhattan in the Roaring Twenties, several blocks worthy of inclusion in an existing historic district.

But for owners of commercial and residential apartment buildings in the NoMad neighborhood, that sense of history isn’t something that can be gleaned from a hodgepodge of building facades—many that have had their distinguishing architectural features altered or erased over the years.

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