An Update on 206 Bowery

Posted on: July 9th, 2010 at 6:13 am by

Theater artist Ralph Lewis is hanging on by a thread at 206 Bowery, but is nevertheless fighting the good fight to obtain landmark status for his beloved home.  He’s lived there for nearly a decade and believes “it [206 Bowery] stands for the small and intimate that we just don’t value enough in this town.” Thankfully, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has swooped in, and is set to hear the case on July 13.

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Mr. Lewis sent us the following report:

Tuesday night, Community Board 2’s Landmarks Committee unanimously approved a recommendation to the LPC for landmark designation of 206 Bowery. Another positive step toward saving the lil’ old Bowery House!

Next up is the Public Hearing of the Landmarks Preservation Commission on July 13, 9:30 – 9:45am, (That’s quick!?) at 1 Centre St., 9th Fl. Conference Room, near Chambers St.

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors have found 206 Bowery on the tax records of 1808, so it was around before that. It’s old. Maybe the 7th oldest structure on the Bowery. And it’s small. One of only a couple of actual Houses left on the Bowery. And it has been through the best and worst of Manhattan. It’s survived this far, the lil’ house that could, so it really does deserve to be a Landmark now.

I hope to get some folks to show up on the 13th to cheer on 206.

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