The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted on October 9th to create the East Village/ Lower East Side Historic District. Effective immediately, the new district will help protect many cultural resources, religious structures, and contiguous streetscapes that define our historic neighborhood. A comprehensive district had been long overdue in the East Village; previously, our only districts included the block-long East 10th Street Historic District (2012) and the St. Mark’s Historic District (1969, 1984).
Thanks to the local and state elected officials, community groups, community board, and individual residents for their unwavering support. And we thank you for your attention throughout this long process. The commission’s responsiveness resulted from the urgency shown through your commitment, contributions, and testimony.
We celebrate the overwhelmingly positive remarks from most commissioners during the vote, but our work is not complete. The Landmarks Preservation Commission unexpectedly removed properties along First Avenue from the proposed map prior to the vote. After years of advocacy and organizing, the district must be upheld in its entirety by the City Council. EVCC will work with Councilmember Rosie Mendez and other community organizations to be certain we promote each of the 300+ structures designated by LPC. Your support today will help us protect the newborn district and aid preservation efforts in other portions of the East Village.
Send your testimony to LPC by Monday, May 6th by mail or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hon. Robert Tierney
Chair, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
One Centre Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10007 email@example.com
Re: Certificate of Appropriateness for former P.S. 64, 605 East 9th Street, Manhattan
Dear Chair Tierney:
I urge you reject the application at former P.S. 64 located at 605 East 9th Street. The building’s significance is embodied architecturally as a premier example of the school designs of architect CBJ Snyder and is deepened by a century-long history as a resource for our community.
Many of the alterations under review are inappropriate to the historic character of the building. The bulkheads are visible from many angles, most prominently from the west along the north side of Tompkins Square Park. As proposed, they will detract from the cohesive roofline, an important and surviving component of the original design.
The interior spaces and historic courtyards at old P.S. 64 provided open space to a neighborhood with a serious need for such space. For the past 11 years, the community has been locked out of a now vacant and decaying structure. The new gates planned along 9th Street will officially close off the courtyard that had historically been accessible.
The façade and future use of the building at this important neighborhood building must comply with its historical intent. Please deny this application out of respect for the social and architectural history at old P.S. 64.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has set June 26th as the hearing date for the proposed Lower East Side/East Village Historic District. If designated, the district would protect nearly 300 buildings from inappropriate alteration or demolition. The district was supported by Community Board 3 in a nearly 3-to-1 vote in July of last year. This is great news for our community and comes on the heels of the recently designated East 10th Street Historic District, the first historic district in the East Village since 1969.
We have advocated for landmark and historic district protections for years. We thank our neighbors, community preservation organizations, and elected officials for working with us to save our neighborhood’s unique character.
The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) unanimously approved the East 10th Street Historic District on January 17th. This is only the second historic district in our community and the first since the St. Mark’s Historic District passed in 1969.
We would like to thank City Councilmember Rosie Mendez for her help in establishing this district and her ongoing work to protect our neighborhood’s architectural integrity. We would also like to thank Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, and Borough President Scott M. Stringer for testifying in support of this district, and Community Board 3 for passing a resolution in support. Finally, we would like to thank our neighbors and neighborhood preservation organizations for their help.
St. Mark’s Bookshop has been a Lower East Side institution since 1977 and is one of the few independent bookstores in Manhattan. But, they are struggling to pay their rent in a market-rate Cooper Union-owned storefront at 31 3rd Avenue. Neighbors and members of the Cooper Square Committee have called on Cooper Union to reduce the rent so our community can retain its independent bookstore. Please buy a book and sign the online petition today! Click here and here for updated media coverage of St. Mark’s fight.
We have long been advocates of supporting local merchants and encourage you to choose small, independent businesses over chains and franchises. Shopping locally keeps more money in our neighborhood and helps retain the unique character of the Lower East Side. Download the Get Local Shopping Guide. It lists hundreds of local merchants and the updated 5th Edition will be available in October!
The EVCC has advocated for years for landmarks protection of the LES/East Village. In July, Community Board 3 voted to support the two proposed historic districts in our neighborhood. Historic Districts preserve architectural character and protect neighborhoods from inappropriate alteration, demolition, and out-of-scale development. The next step is a hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). We will alert you when LPC sets a date for the hearing. UPDATE: The East 10th Street Historic District was designated by LPC on January 17th. LPC has set June 26, 2012 as the hearing date for the proposed LES/East Village Historic District.
Serving as a celebration of the improved East Side greenway and sustainable transportation, the fourth annual Lower East Side Kids’ Art Bike Parade was held in East River Park on April 30. The Parade was held in conjunction with the NYC Dept. of Transportation and Partnership For Parks ‘Bicycle Bonanza’, a day-long celebration of safe bicycling. Neighbors enjoyed bicycle decorating, DOT bicycle helmet fittings and giveaways, a free Learn-to-Ride class from Bike New York, bicycle tune-ups from Recycle-a-Bicycle, face painting and the Bike Parade in the park.
Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and Senator Daniel Squardon led the parade along with officials from the NYC Department of Transportation. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and City Councilmember Rosie Mendez also participated and helped tune up bicycles.