This Landmark Needs Your Help

FOR THE BIRDS See that open window? It's just one of many where pigeons enter 24 hours a day
FOR THE BIRDS See that open window? It’s just one of many where pigeons enter 24 hours a day
In case there was any doubt about the deterioration of old P.S. 64 (fomerly CHARAS/El Bohio), this backside view shows just how bad things have gotten.  Pigeons fly in and out of every floor of the building all day long.  Windows are cracked and half-boarded up; rainstorms soak the interior.  Every day, the deterioriation increases.

The neglect of this landmarked building must stop immediately, and you can help:

Walk by P.S. 64, just east of Avenue B, between 9th and 10th Streets, and take a look at the current state of the building. Then, when you’re back at your computer, write a few sentences about what you observed, your concerns for the state of this landmarked building, and your thoughts about preserving the building for community use.  Be sure to include your name and any affiliation with the community (such as, if you’re a visitor, a neighbor, or a member of a community group). Then send those thoughts in an email to this address: ps64landmarkdecay@gmail.com

Your words will be added to a letter to Landmark Commission Chairman James Tierney. (Email addresses will be kept confidential.)  This could make a major difference, so please take action and write your email today.

 

Sending an email is a crucial way for you to help preserve the building.  But you can also post your comments on this site by clicking to the next page.

Lower East Side Is Endangered

LOST HORIZON A 2005 view of one of the new towers squeezing into the Lower East Side
LOST HORIZON A 2005 view of one of the new towers squeezing into the Lower East Side
Last May, The National Trust For Historic Preservation confirmed what we all know to be true:  The Lower East is one of the 11 most endangered neighborhoods in the country. They concluded that the sudden influx of high rise luxury apartments and hotels can quickly destroy the nature of the neighborhood and its historic past, making the nineteenth century neighborhood into a modern-day imitation of the Upper East Side.

According to the report, “the community, with little recourse for protection, is reeling from the recent destruction of its cultural heritage, including the defacing of several historic structures and the loss of First Roumanian Synagogue. Slapdash and haphazard renovations have led to the destruction of architectural detail, while modern additions to historic buildings sharply contrast with the neighborhood’s scale and character.”

Get more coverage from the New York Times .