Update on Endangered Stable at 128 East 13th Street
GVSHP stickers for 128 East 13th Street landmarks hearing referencing the building’s role in teaching women assembly-line work for defense industries during World War II. (l.); GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman and City Councilmember Rosie Mendez at the Landmarks Preservation Commission supporting designation of 128 east 13th Street. (r.)
In early September, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission held an emergency hearing on 128 East 13th Street, an endangered former horse and carriage mart which GVSHP had asked the City to landmark. There was a huge turnout in support, although the owner opposed designation and claimed he would file for a “hardship” exemption to demolish. The LPC brokered a “standstill” agreement with the owner, enjoining them from demolishing or altering the building in any way before the end of the year, while they attempted to arrive at an agreement regarding landmarking.
GVSHP has remained in close contact with the Landmarks Preservation Commission and City Councilmember Rosie Mendez (a strong supporter of the proposed landmark designation) about the building, eager to ensure that designation takes place before the standstill agreement expires. We have received an enormous amount of interest in this proposed designation from the public and our members, and continue to monitor the site on a daily basis. We remain very optimistic that the LPC will follow through on their swift action in holding emergency hearings on saving the building this September, with a vote for landmark designation before the end of the year. We will of course let you know when there is any further definite news to report.