Landmarks Preservation Commission to Hear Proposal for Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Later this morning, at approximately 10:50 am, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the proposal to landmark the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection at 59 East Second Street. It will take place in the LPC Hearing Room in the Municipal Building, One Centre Street (at Chambers Street), 9th floor.
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The GVSHP has been on the front lines for the better part of two years. In 2008, plans originally surfaced for an eight-story condo tumor atop the church, and thus began the fight. Thanks to the new East Village zoning restrictions, however, the project eventually fizzled. These days, the historic cathedral remains threatened, especially since church leadership is reportedly opposed to such a designation.