We just received the following news advisory from the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council:
WHO: Victor Papa, President of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council; Justin Yu, President of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association; Ralph Tramontata, President of the Little Italy Merchants Association; and Sherman Eng, Chairman of the Continental Garment Manufacturers Association of Greater New York, Inc. will join with local merchants of Little Italy, to announce the designation of Chinatown and Little Italy as a State Register Historic District: Chinatown Little Italy Historic District.
WHAT: Please join us for a press conference that will discuss the addition of these two historical immigrant communities to the list of State Register of Historic Places. Speakers will explain the significance of this historic district, announce an event which will be held in the near future to celebrate this designation, and discuss future plans to promote the economies and tourism of Chinatown and Little Italy on the Lower East Side. The boundaries of the district will also be identified at the conference.
WHERE: Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, 62 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013
WHEN: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 2:00PM
WHY: The press conference is intended to explain how the designation of Chinatown and Little Italy as a historic district will help preserve both communities. Conserving the area, especially the architecture which reflects the periods designed in, contributes to the culture on the Lower East Side. In addition, Two Bridges is planning to sponsor an event in October to celebrate the proclamation of the historic district.