Protecting an East Village Landmark, the former Stuyvesant Polyclinic
GVSHP has been monitoring plans by a succession of owners for the now-empty Stuyvesant Polyclinic at 137 Second Avenue (at 9th Street), one of the East Village’s earliest and most important landmarks (see here and here). Late last year, GVSHP discovered the new owner had filed plans to turn the clinic for the poor into a dorm and add three stories atop it (see here). After letting the owner know that such a plan would face stiff opposition, the plan was dropped. Then, GVSHP discovered the owner exploring other options for the historic site that included a bar or club (see here). After publicly expressing reservations about this scheme, the owner then dropped this plan as well. Now, we have discovered the landmark property has been sold to an as-yet-undisclosed owner, for an as-yet-undisclosed use (see here).
GVSHP will continue to closely monitor the situation to try to ensure the integrity of this precious landmark. We are pushing for zoning changes before the City right now for the East Village that would help guarantee that no inappropriate additions are added onto the structure, and we will advocate vigorously to ensure that landmark protections for the building are strictly enforced and adhered to. The owner has also left the building in increasingly deplorable conditions, leaving the gates and stairwells around the building open and allowing garbage to accumulate in them, which GVSHP has reported to the City for immediate enforcement action.
For more information on GVSHP’s efforts to preserve the East Village, see here.