Help Preserve 206 Bowery

Posted on: June 21st, 2010 at 6:18 am by

We received an email yesterday from a resident of 206 Bowery regarding the eviction notice, its potential demolition, and possible landmarking.  As reported a couple weeks ago, the Federal-style row house is currently in danger after papers were served to the ground level restaurant supply company – J & D Restaurant Equipment.

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In the email, said resident is imploring the community to help by sending letters to the Landmarks Preservation Commission:

Since the clock seems to be ticking in regard to any destruction of 206 Bowery, I’ve been trying to think of what I can do to get the LPC to act before it’s too late. So, after speaking with renowned preservationist Doris Diether at church this morning, I came home and drafted a sample Thank You letter to the Commission members.

And below is the form letter you can send, either via snail mail or email.  Your voice counts.

Landmarks Preservation Commission
Municipal Building
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10007

RE: 206 Bowery

Dear Commission Members:

As someone who cares deeply about preserving the unique and indispensable history of The Bowery, I want to thank you so much for putting the Federal-style row house at 206 Bowery on your calendar for landmark consideration.

It is important to me and my community that houses of this age and character are supported and preserved. There are so few actual houses left in Manhattan. 206 Bowery is a wonderful example of the intimacy that once was downtown Manhattan, and stands in stark contrast to new, larger buildings – this diversity makes both types of greater value. We need to retain the parts of our history that tell a story about who we were, and this house is an important reminder of an incredible time and place.

206 Bowery is currently under threat of destruction. It deserves and needs the attention of preservation laws to ensure its survival. I hope the Commission will schedule 206 Bowery’s hearing as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your attention to this unique house.

Respectfully submitted,

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