In the Matter of the Trustees of the Sailors' Snug Harbor in the City of New York v. Platt

29 A.D.2d 376 (1968)

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In the Matter of the Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor in the City of New York v. Platt

New York Supreme Court
29 A.D.2d 376 (1968)

  • Written by Jody Stuart, JD

Facts

Sailors’ Snug Harbor (Sailors) (plaintiff) was a charitable organization whose main purpose was providing housing to retired seafaring men. Sailors accomplished this purpose using buildings on a tract of land located on Staten Island. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (commission) designated these buildings as a landmark. In particular, the commission determined that the buildings had a special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City. Due to the landmark designation, these buildings could not be altered or demolished by Sailors without permission from the commission. The buildings were built at various times ranging from 1830 to 1880. Collectively, the buildings were one of the two best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country. Sailors filed a petition to revoke the landmark designation, and the special-term court heard the proceeding. Sailors asserted that the buildings could no longer provide suitable accommodations for the older men living in them. Sailor intended to replace the buildings with more modern and adequate structures and felt that not replacing the buildings would be negligent. The special-term court granted Sailors’ petition.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Steuer, J.)

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