Potential Proposed East Village Historic Districts Unveiled, Hearing May 12
At a meeting for affected property owners last night, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unveiled two small study areas for potential proposed historic districts in the East Village — one on Tompkins Square North (click HERE for map) and one centered along Second Avenue between the Bowery and Avenue A (click HERE for map). This is a preliminary step in their consideration of these districts; the next step will be a public presentation and hearing before Community Board #3’s Landmarks Subcommittee on Thursday, May 12 at 6 pm at BRC, 30 Delancey Street, btw. Chrystie and Forsyth Streets.
GVSHP has been surveying and documenting the history of every building in the East Village in order to help advocate for landmark protections for the East Village’s important historic resources. While the LPC’s potential proposed districts include some very important structures and streets which merit landmark designation (click HERE for images), it also leaves out much of the neighborhood, which is also full of sites worthy of consideration (click HERE for images). GVSHP has and will continue to urge the LPC to make this a first, rather than a final, step in considering landmark designations in the East Village.
In recent years, the LPC has designated several individual landmarks in the East Village such as Webster Hall, the former P.S. 64/Charas the Isaac T. Hopper Home, and La MaMa Theater. However, they have also refused to landmark other sites such as St. Ann’s Church, 101 Avenue A, 35 Cooper Square, and 326 & 328 East 4th Street, several of which were subsequently destroyed.
For more information on the East Village and GVSHP’s efforts to preserve it, click HERE.