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Margaret Chin Urges LPC to Landmark Bialystoker Home
The fight to keep Bialystoker a nursing home was lost nearly one year ago, but the battle for its mere survival on the Lower East Side is still very much alive. Neighborhood preservationists – mainly Friends of Bialystoker – continue pushing for landmark status, and just gained the support of Councilwoman Margaret Chin. There’s hope yet for the Depression-era building at 228 East Broadway.
A few months after receiving affirmative votes from Community Board 3, Chin alerted her constituents that she had sent a letter to Commissioner Robert Tierney, Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, urging the Commission to calendar the historic Bialystoker Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
“I urge the Commission to move swiftly to calendar the landmark designation of Bialystoker, an art deco style building that has both architectural, as well as historical significance to the Lower East Side community,” Council Member Margaret Chin stated in her letter to Commissioner Tierney, dated July 6, 2012.
“The Bialystoker home is a venerable monument to the life and history of the Lower East Side,” Council Member Margaret Chin said. “It was designed by an architect who grew up on the Lower East Side and built by immigrant laborers who lived in this community. At the grand opening of Bialystoker, thousands of immigrants flooded East Broadway, Clinton, and Montgomery Streets to catch a glimpse of this remarkable building. Throughout the years, this building has housed elderly residents and provided them sensitive, respectful, and civilized care in their later years. This is a history that is also worth honoring. The Bialystoker home is part of the fabric of this neighborhood and I could not allow it to be sacrificed for monolithic luxury residential development. I want to thank the Friends of Bialystoker Home for their unwavering advocacy on behalf of the Bialystoker Home and the Lower East Side community.”
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