East Village Russian Orthodox cathedral landmark hearing tomorrow
Tomorrow at 10:50 A.M. the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold a public hearing on a proposal to landmark the Russian Orthodox Cathderal of the Holy Virgin Protection at 59 East 2nd Street in the East Village. The hearing will take place in the LPC Hearing Room in the Municipal Building, One Centre Street (at Chambers Street), 9th floor (bring photo ID to enter the building). Please come to testify in support of designation.
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the East Village Community Coalition first called upon the LPC to landmark the structure in 2008 when we became aware of a plan to construct an 8-story condo-tower atop the building. While that threat has been removed by, among other things, the recent rezoning of the East Village which prohibits such construction, the ultimate fate of the historic structure remains unclear. We understand that the leadership of the church is opposing landmark designation, though some congregants have expressed support for designation.
With the support of a grant from Preserve NY (a grant program of the Preservation League of NY State and the NY State Council on the Arts), the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is completing a historic resources survey of the entire East Village, documenting the history of every building in the neighborhood. This will be used to help formulate comprehensive landmark and historic district protections for the entire neighborhood.
HOW TO HELP:
- Come to the hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23 at 10:50 A.M. at the LPC hearing room in the Municipal Building, One Centre Street (at Chambers Street), 9th floor (bring photo ID to enter). CLICK HERE for sample testimony. Bring 12 copies if possible. Sign up to speak when you enter. Testimony should be limited to 3 minutes, but written comments submitted can be longer.
- If you cannot attend the public hearing (or even if you can), send written testimony in support of designation — CLICK HERE for sample.
Image of Cathedral Courtesy of Barry Munger.