Lower East Side Preservation Initiative

City Council Candidates to Discuss Preservation at ‘Candidate Night’ this Evening

Posted May 1, 2017 at 5:09 am

The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative along with sister organizations are hosting a “Candidate Night on Historic Preservation Issues” – a topic all too fitting in the neighborhood’s current real estate climate. The meeting will allow candidates for New York City Council Districts 1 and 2 to get on their soapboxes and expound on their vision […]

In Action in LES with YESONE and the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative

Last modified July 30, 2015 at 11:34 am

Last night was the second installment of the two-part discussion, “Street Art and the Lower East Side.” Sponsored by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, the miniseries explored the connections between the decades-old art form and its neighborhood muse. Noted artist YESONE was the subject of yesterday’s event, having spent hours in the brutal heat […]

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Al Diaz and Yoav Litvin to Talk About LES Graffiti History and the Current Scene

Posted July 22, 2015 at 10:24 am

Decades after its introduction, the SAMO tag still intrigues and inspires. Commands respect. It’s so well known that there’s a dedicated Wikipedia page with more than two thousand words. Now its co-creator, Al Diaz, who conceived the idea with high school friend Jean-Michel Basquiat (and also went by “Bomb I”), will talk about the graf […]

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Preservationists Pushing LPC to Designate a Lower East Side Historic District 

Posted June 24, 2015 at 5:15 am

Catching up on some news from earlier… Several local grassroots preservationists have united under the banner of protecting a large swath of Lower East Side territory. Led by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side, the consortium of twenty groups is pushing to instate an Historic District south of […]

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On the Ground with the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative

Posted June 12, 2015 at 5:14 am

I think we can all agree that it is horrible seeing all of these amazing pieces of New York history demolished or pushed out by rent hikes. The neighborhood isn’t benefitting by it, and certainly many long-term residents who have been living here for years aren’t happy. It’s been said a lot in the past […]

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