New York's endangered historic places
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, which it uses to spotlight sites that are threatened by neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development or cuts to preservation grants. In 25 years, the nonprofit organization has listed 234 sites. New York has made the list 18 times. -- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GOVERNORS ISLAND. The 172-acre island off the tip of lower Manhattan served as an Army base and then a Coast Guard base for nearly two centuries before it was turned over to New York state in 2003. (June 10, 1997)
TWA TERMINAL AT KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. The curved ceiling and glass walls of the then-newly built Trans World Airway's terminal building in 1962 at Idlewild Airport. It has since been restored and serves as an entryway to the new JetBlue Terminal. (May 29, 1962)
WORLD TRADE CENTER: VESSEY STREET STAIRCASE. The staircase, shown in this undated file photo, was once endangered but is now on the saved list. When the towers collapsed in 2001, the heavily damaged stairs served as an escape route for hundreds of people. In 2008, the staircase was installed at the below-ground memorial museum.
ELLIS ISLAND HOSPITAL BUILDING. Ellis Island's hospital ward for contagious diseases opened in 1909 as part of the island's main hospital complex. (May 8, 2009)
HEART OF MANHATTAN'S LOWER EAST SIDE. Shown, the One Mile House saloon, looking north off of Rivington Street on Sept. 15, 1956. Local preservationists have long sought to obtain Landmark District designation that would protect the physical character of the neighborhood.
THE ROYCROFT INN & CAMPUS, EAST AURORA. This 1995 photo shows the inn the year it reopened after a restoration.
BROOKLYN'S INDUSTRIAL WATERFRONT. The National Trust for Historic Preservation added Brooklyn's industrial waterfront to America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2007. Shown, refurbished industrial warehouses on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. (June 12, 2007)
THE ROYCROFT INN & CAMPUS, EAST AURORA. This 1995 photo shows The Roycroft the year it reopened after a restoration.
THE CORNICES AND BUILDINGS OF HARLEM. View of a slice of Harlem in 1930. Starting in the 1990s, many of the buildings and the architectural cornices -- moldings atop the buildings -- in the neighborhood were threatened by development.
1871 HUDSON RIVER HOSPITAL, POUGHKEEPSIE. One of four National Historic Landmark Hospitals on the endangered list, the Hudson River Hospital was undergoing a comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment project when lightning struck, seriously damaging the building and stalling the project. (Dec. 12, 2003)