South Village landmarking progress now that spring is here?
Following last October’s hearing on the first phase of GVSHP’s proposed South Village Historic District, LPC Chair Robert Tierney stated that the vote to landmark this 253 building historic district extension would take place in the spring. With the official arrival off spring this Saturday and no vote on the designation yet scheduled, it’s a good time to remind the LPC Chair of the extremely urgent need to not only vote on this first phase of the proposal but to move ahead with the remaining two-thrids of the proposed South Village Historic District, which the LPC has not yet begun to formally consider.
GVSHP first submitted a formal proposal for landmark designation of the South Village to the LPC in late 2006, after four years of discussion with the LPC about the need to designate the area. In that time, several key historic buildings in the South Village have been demolished, altered, or in other ways compromised. Just last week, the owner of 237 Bleecker Street, a wood frame structure built as a coach house and one of the oldest buildings in the neighborhood, was cited for “failure to maintain” because several windows from the poorly-maintained building fell onto the street. GVSHP has long highlightd the plight of this building to the LPC and urged them to intervene to protect it; our research indicates that 233-237 Bleecker Street was likely the inspiration for the iconic Edward Hopper painting “Early Sunday Morning.”
Borough President Scott Stronger, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Tom Duane, and Assemblymember Deborah Glick have all joined GVSHP in urging the LPC to move ahead as quickly as possible with the designation of the entire South Village. We continue to seek similar support from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilmember Margaret Chin.
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