Raul Rothblatt, an activist and member of Save 227 Duffield, called the city's purchase of the home "an incredible relief."
The Preservation League of New York has put "Orpheus and Apollo" on its "Seven To Save" list, a biennial compilation of the most at-risk historic places in the state.
For more than eight decades, the Frick’s music room has been a venue for classical music concerts.
Michael Higgins, an organizer, said that renaming the park should not come in lieu of saving a house in downtown Brooklyn that was formerly owned by abolitionists.
A recent Supreme Court ruling coupled with the court's shift to the right is giving the bookstore owner hope of winning a case that hinges on the rights of property owners.
His plans call for a 13-story mixed-use building with 21 residential units.
The owner of 227 Duffield Street last week filed an application with the Department of Buildings to construct a 13-story mixed use building that would contain 21 residential units.
'This should be a national landmark,' said Michael Higgins, an organizer at Families United for Racial and Economic Equality. 'Why can't we figure out a way to save it?'
"Now, we’re in a bureaucratic straight jacket," said Wyden, who held a press conference in front of the Strand immediately after the decision.
Roughly 40% of the facade along Coffey Street has already been torn down.
The controversial razing, which occurred on a day when many New Yorkers were preparing to head out of town, took community members by surprise and sparked an uproar on social media.
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