The EVCC works alongside our coalition partners to expand Historic Districts and Individual Landmarks protections in our community. Each of our neighborhood’s historic buildings has a story to tell.
The East 10th Street Historic District
The East Village / LES Historic District
In a city of incessant reinvention, it is rare to find blocks that have remained relatively intact from the time they were built. Designation as an Historic District by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission offers these streetscapes and buildings the best protection from inappropriate alteration, demolition, and out of scale development. Read more from the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative.
The LPC designated the East 10th Street Historic District on January 17, 2012. Read the Designation Report. This was the first historic district designation in the neighborhood since the St. Mark’s Historic District in 1969! Designation Report.
In October 2012, the LPC designated the East Village / Lower East Side Historic District, which runs along Second Avenue from 2nd Street to St. Mark’s Place, and on East 6th and 7th Streets from First Avenue to Avenue A. Designation Report.
Congregation Meseritz Synagogue
In August of 2008, the EVCC joined with community groups to preserve this historic 1910 “tenement synagogue” at 415 East 6th Street. The Meseritz Synagogue is included in the LES / East Village Historic District.
A condominium deal allowed the building to survive, with the congregation on the ground floor and basement level. Two of the apartments on the upper floors feature the synagogue’s original stained glass windows, and one also has an original door as part of a living room wall.
St. Brigid’s Church
This historic church on Avenue B and East 8th Street was built by Irish shipwrights in 1848. A structural crack forced the main church to close in 2001. Demolition began in 2006, but the process was stopped and delayed by a series of court decisions. In May 2008, the Archdiocese of New York announced that it had received a $20 million donation to the St. Brigid’s Parish and School. The Archdiocese restored the building and reopened St. Brigid – St Emeric Church in January 2013.
St. Brigid’s Church is one of the oldest buildings in our neighborhood and is of great importance to our community. We thank the Archdiocese and the donor for ensuring the future of this treasure.
Art by Dave McCutcheon.
Old P.S. 64 / CHARAS / El Bohio
The EVCC joined with neighbors, community groups and elected officials to save Old P.S. 64 from the wrecking ball and development as a high-rise tower. The EVCC initiated and led the effort to landmark this one-time public school at 605 E 9th Street. After three years of dedicated community effort, P.S. 64, the former CHARAS / El Bohio Community Center, was designated as an Individual Landmark on June 20, 2006 and confirmed by the City Council on September 15, 2006. Designation Report.
- Read Roland Legiardi-Laura’s history of Old P.S. 64 / CHARAS / El Bohio
- See our photo gallery of the post-landmark damage to the building
- Find out how you can help preserve the building
Landmarks Preservation Commission Designation Reports