Landmarks Commission Approves East Village Historic District

Proposed East Village Historic District. Map does not account for most recent changes.

This one’s a block or two above our core coverage area, but it’s a big development, so we wanted to pass a long that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted to approve the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District.  The 330-building area covers many structures along 2nd Avenue and side streets roughly  between East 2nd and East 7th streets.

In a press release, Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, said, “It’s very encouraging to see the progress we are making in the fight to preserve the East Village…  Many of us fought very hard for today’s landmarking and for the recent rezoning of the neighborhood to help preserve the East Village’s special character.  But we still have a long way to go to ensure that what makes the East Village unique is not erased by developers just looking to make a quick buck.”

More to come…

Local Residents Speak Out Regarding Proposed East Village Historic District

Proposed East Village Historic District.

A packed public hearing held yesterday by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the proposed East Village/Lower East Side Historic District drew enthusiastic support and passionate opposition.  Local elected officials and preservation organizations spoke in favor of the plan.  A smaller group led by neighborhood churches argued that it could threaten their very survival.

The district would be bounded roughly be East 2nd and East 7th Street, and 1st Avenue and Bowery.  It would establish official landmark status for more than 300 buildings, preventing any aesthetic alterations to those sites without the consent of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Community Board 3 Endorses East Village Historic Districts

East Village/Lower East Side District.

Following a lengthy and passionate public speaking session last night, Community Board 3 approved a proposal to create two new historic districts in the East Village.  CB3 voted 23 to 9 (with one member abstaining) in favor of the East Village/Lower East Side District (bounded roughly be East 2nd and East 7th Street, and 1st Avenue and Bowery). The board voted 33-0 in favor of the East 10th Street District (on the northern border of Tompkins Square Park).

It was a “who’s who” of preservation activists in attendance last night. Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, Simeon Bankoff of the Historic Districts Council and Fran Goldin of the Cooper Square Committee were all there. Actor Alan Cumming was even (apparently!) in the audience for a few hours.