Recap: Rally to Save 35 Cooper Square

Posted on: January 29th, 2011 at 9:26 am by

Two-foot snow embankments, freezing temps, and narrow sidewalks couldn’t stop dozens from rallying in support of 35 Cooper Square yesterday evening.  At 185-years-old, the Federal-row style structure was recently purchased for $8.5 million, and is currently staring down a death sentence via wrecking ball.  The rally, co-organized by the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (BAN), was an effort to help nudge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to calendar this property for preservation.

Other usual suspects of city preservation were also in attendance – Historic Districts Council, LES Preservation Initiative, GVSHP – alongside State Senator Tom Duane and State Assemblymember Deborah Glick.  Without the benefit of a bullhorn, the politicians and executive directors from each organization spoke of the urgent need to landmark 35 Cooper. Stat.

Most spirited, however, was the speech from poet and Cooper Square War survivor Hettie Jones. “THIS IS NOT ABU DHABI,” Jones proclaimed. And how, as New Yorkers we should “care about not only what we build, but what we save.”

In a twist, each presenter had to talk above blinged-out Jim “Mosaic Man” Power who was there protesting another important issue, the Astor Place redesign.  The iconic artist is afraid that his life’s work (i.e. Mosaic Trail) will be destroyed by the city once the “beautification” begins. His sign was priceless!

The crowd was composed of mixed age, students and jobbers alike. However, it was quite promising to see the even younger generation in attendance, hailing from the Children’s Aid Society.

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  • ———–m

    the banner quote which reads “once you lose a building, you lose character and history.” is from Amanda Burden – the Chair of the N.Y.C. Planning Commission. this is from an article in the n.y. daily news a couple of years back. very interesting!

  • MTp

    Yes, a very good cause. Stand up!

  • ———–m

    1000 petition signers at this moment……..include yourself – sign now!!!

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/landmark35coopersquare/

  • JustSayin’

    Love the sentiment. People need to learn to respect history, it’s such a beautiful and interesting aspect of New York!

    However, I wouldn’t be surprised if NYU bought this place, ripped it down and built a dorm there – hopefully the guy carrying the sign realizes the irony.

  • Bowerygals

    I remember well the beautiful mural painted on the side of this building after 9/11. So much history, so much that defines New York. Do you really want to keep tearing down buildings of this caliber and richness? Meanwhile, the community near the Trade Center’s footprint is begging for building and reconstruction for their devastated community. How in any conscience can a developer continue to defy the local clear preference of the East Village community to stop overbuilding and turn a deaf ear to the real needs of that other destroyed site not a mile and a half from here?

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