The Landmarks Preservation Committee held a public hearing earlier today to discuss the historic Rainbow Room, a crucial part of the process for designating the historic space at the top of 30 Rock with landmark status. Crain's reports that the plan was supported unanimously at the hearing, with preservationists and a representative from the building's owner showing up to voice support.
The Art Deco spot has been closed since 2009 after a dispute between the landlords, Tishman Speyer, and the Rainbow Room's operators, Cipriani USA. According to Crain's, Cipriani instigated the process of designating the space as a landmark, when it filed a request with the city back in 2008. Tishman Speyer, which briefly renovated part of the space as part of its plan to find a new operator, hadn't taken a stance on the Rainbow Room's designation until today.
The LPC still has to vote on the plan, though with today's support it's hard to imagine the Rainbow Room not getting landmark status. And then Tishman Speyer will just have to decide who will operate it.
· Sun Shines on Efforts To Preserve Rainbow Room [Crain's]
· All Coverage of The Rainbow Room [~ENY~]