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The New York City Council voted to affirm the landmark designation for the Lydia Ann Bell and William Ahles House in Bayside, making it an official NYC landmark. The Ahles House had long been under consideration by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) who voted unanimously to grant it landmark status in April. Council Member Paul Vallone’s staunch and outspoken support for this designation was critical in the Council finally affirming the designation.
“As always, I am proud to have stood with our Community Boards on every landmarking issue brought to my office and to have succeeded in landmarking sites that have failed to receive this designation under past Council Members. I strongly supported the landmarking of the Ahles House in Bayside and thank my fellow Council Members for voting to affirm its designation. Just like the Hawthorne Court Apartments, which I was able to have the LPC grant landmark status to, I believe this location is a prime example of a historic home that has withstood the test of time and is an iconic reminder of Bayside’s character and history,” said Council Member Vallone. “After years of indecision on the Ahles house, I am glad that Bayside finally has another landmark!”