Far West Village landmark hearing set for Tuesday, Oct. 18
LANDMARKS HEARING SCHEDULED: In another stunning victory for Far West Village preservation efforts, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has scheduled its hearing on the proposed expansion of landmark district protections in the Far West Village for Tuesday, October 18, at 9:30 A.M., at the Municipal Building, One Centre Street (at Chambers Street), 9th floor.
This hearing, scheduled less than a month after the LPC calendared the district, is unusually swift and responds to GVSHP’s call for the quickest possible consideration and enactment of these districts, given the intense pressure and danger the area faces. The two proposed historic districts (CLICK HERE for Greenwich Village Historic District Extension map and HERE for Weehawken Historic District map) now include three buildings originally excluded but added at the urging of GVSHP and hundreds of supporters. Thanks also go to Council Member Quinn, who also pushed for the expansion and accelerated consideration of these districts (which were originally not supposed to be considered for several months).
It will be CRITICAL to have a large turnout in support of designation at the hearing, and also to urge the Commission to consider other immediately endangered sites in the area. It is HIGHLY UNUSUAL for the Commission to move so swiftly, to add buildings to a district proposal, and to consider THREE historic districts in a given area in just two years (the Gansevoort Market District was enacted in late 2003), and we should be sure the Commission knows that we recognize and appreciate this.
Write to the Landmarks Preservation Commission NOW to thank them for helping to preserve the Far West Village, and urging them to designate the proposed districts and other endangered sites in the area as soon as possible.
Come to the Far West Village landmarks hearing on October 18th at 9:30 A.M. at the LPC, in the Municipal Building, One Centre Street (at Chambers), 9th floor. Use the letters HERE as sample testimony.
Spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors — this is one hearing we need EVERYONE to come to.