What The Community Is Saying
Many respected conservationists, historians, architects, horticulturists, and members of the Frick family have voiced their concerns with the Frick Collection’s proposed expansion. Learn more about the concerns the community has raised in public testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Board of Standards and Appeals.
Fact Or Friction?
The Frick has told the public and our city agencies several untruths. You be the judge
The Frick says that they don’t expect an increase in visitation.
If an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic is anticipated, the Frick will have to undergo an extensive Environmental Impact Survey, which could show adverse effects on the community. It is in their best interest to deny that they expect an increase in attendance.
“We’re not anticipating having more shows or additional shows and we’re not anticipating an increase in attendance as a result (of the expansion)”
Gary Tarnoff, Kramer Levin (attorney representing the Frick)
It is clear that the increases in the space are related to visitor services which is + 100%. Administrative space + 30%
On the duration of the project:
The Frick has repeatedly claimed that the expansion is a 2-year project however different members of the Frick administration have quoted longer durations. At a well attended meeting in November of 2019, Ian Wardropper publicly stated that the project would take 4 years end-to-end.v
Stretching the truth at Community Board 8:
When asked if the variances were necessary for ADA compliance, Frick counsel Gary Tarnoff of Kramer Levin stated that only 1 variance would be necessary. The Frick is conflating the issue of wanting additional space and ADA compliance.
We can’t move our offices offsite and we Need a cafe:
As a 501c3 there is nothing that dictates that the offices need to be onsite – nor is there a programmatic need for a cafe. A cafe is a “want” and the Frick is creating their own hardship as it relates to their “need” for space.