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Hon. Robert Tierney, Chair
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10007
e-mail: comments@lpc.nyc.gov
fax: 212/669-7960 or 669-7955

Dear Chairman Tierney,

Thank you for paying such serious attention to the unprotected houses of worship in the East Village.  The East Village is one of New York's most vibrant and historic neighborhood's, and yet all too many of its historic resources have not been recognized with landmark designation.  And now, of course, many of them are threatened.

I applaud you for putting forward St. Nicholas of Myra Carpatho-Orthodox Church at 288 East 10th Street/155 Avenue A for landmark designation, and I strongly support such a designation.  I am also grateful that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has intervened to broker a "standstill agreement" with the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection at 59 East 2nd Street, thus preventing, at least for now, the building from being marred by the 8-story condo-tower which was planned to go on top of it.  I do however hope that the Commission will follow this move with landmark designation of the property, which is one of the most architecturally distinctive and historically significant houses of worship in Manhattan.  Finally, I urge you to move ahead with the proposal to landmark Congregation Mezritch Synagogue at 415 East 6th Street, the East Village's last surviving and operating tenement synagogue. This building represents an extremely important facet of the East Village's and New York's history, and certainly merits the recognition of landmark designation.

Thank you again for focusing attention on the East Village's important historic heritage.  I urge you to move ahead with landmark designation of these three critical and historic houses of worship in the East Village.

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