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Bostonians Seek Landmark Status for Beloved Citgo Sign

'Beacon for the region' has been there since 1965

(Newser) - Outsiders may not realize it at first, but the Citgo sign that has stood over Boston's Kenmore Square since 1965 is a beloved part of the city's heritage—and Bostonians won't let it go without a fight. After a proposed building sale put the 3,600-square-foot LED... More »

Big Ben May Soon Be Mute

Landmark bell could be silenced for years for urgent repairs

(Newser) - Big Ben's bongs may fall silent for months or even years as urgent repairs are carried out. Two of Britain's largest newspapers reported Sunday that Parliament's massive clock and the tower that supports it need as much as $61.7 million in repairs—work that will silence... More »

Climate Change Could Bury, Burn US Landmarks

Group highlights 30 precious sites at risk

(Newser) - Rising seas and wildfires caused by climate change are threatening to wipe out huge swathes of American history, from prehistoric sites in Florida and Alaska to the first English colony at Jamestown to NASA sites including the Kennedy Space Center, scientists warn. A Union of Concerned Scientists report highlights 30... More »

Man Thinks He's Found NYC's Oldest Building

And it's slated for demolition

(Newser) - In 1783, after the British soldiers left New York City, George Washington is believed to have stopped for a celebratory drink at the Bull's Head tavern. Now a preservationist thinks he's found the historic site—and if he's right, it could be the oldest building in Manhattan.... More »

Berlin Wall to Be Razed for ... Luxe Housing

Petitions spring up to protect East Side Gallery

(Newser) - Once again, the Berlin Wall is coming down—but this time, it's so swanky apartments can rise up in its place. And Berliners aren't happy about it, the Local reports. Thousands have signed online petitions against the move, confirmed by an eastern Berlin mayor, who argues that razing... More »

Hollywood Sign Gets a Facelift

Landmark given biggest makeover since 1978

(Newser) - Los Angeles' most famous landmark is now looking its best after a major makeover—the biggest in 34 years. The Hollywood sign's nine 50-foot-tall letters have been refurbished and given a fresh coat of paint in time for its 90th birthday next year. At the VIP-studded unveiling of the... More »

World's Most Photographed Landmarks

Guess what comes in ahead of the Statue of Liberty?

(Newser) - Quick, what would you rather take a picture of on a trip to New York: the Statue of Liberty or the Apple store? Turns out most people would choose the Apple store—at least if we’re talking about the one on Fifth Avenue with a nifty-looking cube atop it.... More »

Clock Strikes 150 for Big Ben

(Newser) - London’s Big Ben will celebrate three 150th birthdays this year, starting with today’s anniversary of the first movement of the huge clock, the Evening Standard reports. July 11 marks the first ringing of “Big Ben,” the Great Bell that eventually gave its name to the tower,... More »

Foreclosed Boston Landmark Auctioned Off for Half Price

(Newser) - New England’s tallest building has a new owner today, the Boston Herald reports—and the John Hancock Tower proved a steal, going at foreclosure auction for about half what it sold for in 2006. A pair of firms bid $660.6 million for the 60-story building in Boston’s... More »

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