- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A group of artists is urging New York City to deny the Frick Collection’s proposed expansion, saying it would destroy the museum’s intimate character.

The Frick is housed in an Upper East Side mansion. The expansion would replace a garden and pavilion with a six-story addition to the building.

The 37 artists said in a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission that the proposal would destroy the museum’s identity. The signatories include Jeff Koons and Chuck Close.

They ask the landmarks panel to consider alternatives that would preserve the museum’s residential quality.

The Frick says the expansion is needed for its growing collection and programs. It says it won’t affect the museum’s unique character.

The landmarks commission doesn’t comment on projects that may come before it.

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