The battle is raging over the landmark status of two buildings on the Upper East Side.
The buildings, both located on York Avenue between 64th and 65th streets, are part of the First Avenue Estates complex.
The owner, Stahl York Avenue, is trying to have that designation removed so they can be demolished.
The owner has filed a "hardship application" with the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission, hoping to prove the buildings don't turn enough of a profit to merit landmark status.
Longtime residents are urging the commission to deny the owner's application.