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Michael Gruen

Preservation lawyer, Michael Gruen, speaks about his decades long career and some of the significant cases he's been involved in, particularly In the Matter of Allison v. the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and Lutheran Church v. City of New York.

Interviewed by Will Cook
August 10, 2017
People: Kent Barwick, Albert K. Butzel, Dorothy Miner
Organizations: City Club of New York, Historic Districts Council, Municipal Art Society
Places: Lower Manhattan Expressway, Manufactorer’s Trust Company Building, Pier 55, Watts Towers
Policy: 1973 Amendments to the New York City Landmarks Law, In the Matter of Allison v. the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Lutheran Church v. City of New York, Penn Central Transportation Co v. City of New York, Stahl York Avenue LLC v. the City of New York
Above: Michael S. Gruen; Courtesy of Ozier Muhammad for The New York Times

Michael Gruen has been involved in preservation related law for decades. He first became aware of historic preservation while living in Los Angeles when the fate of Watts Towers was being debated. In New York, he’s worked directly on preservation cases through the Municipal Art Society where he was a volunteer on the law committee, including such prominent cases such as Lutheran Church v. City of New York, and Penn Central Transportation Co v. City of New York. He also helped to draft the 1973 Amendments to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law. More recently, he was involved in Stahl York Avenue LLC v. the City of New York, In the Matter of Allison v. the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the cases focused on Pier 55.

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