Landmarks Commission to Vote on 206 Bowery
Judgement day is nearing for the embattled Federal-style house at 206 Bowery. Defying the odds, this little-row-house-that-could narrowly survived the wrecking ball, and is now just one step away from complete salvation.
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Tenant holdout Ralph Lewis informed us yesterday that the Landmarks Preservation Commission finished hearing the case last month. The next step is for the board to vote on the landmark designation. Mr. Lewis even created a form letter for supporters to send.
Copy and paste this form letter, and email here. Or print and send snail mail. Let’s preserve an important piece of Bowery heritage!
Hon. Robert B. Tierney, Chair
Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Re: Landmark Status for 206 Bowery
Dear Chairman Tierney and Commission Members:
As someone who cares a lot about New York City and the local histories that make it such an incredible city, I strongly believe in the need to preserve the special heritage of The Bowery. With this legendary avenue changing at a speed not seen in other neighborhoods, I want to thank the LPC for putting the Federal-style row house at 206 Bowery through your landmark process. I understand that its case has recently closed, so I write to encourage your landmark designation of this house as soon as possible.
Built in the early 1800s, no other reason should be needed than 206 Bowery is one of the oldest buildings in the City, and our nation, that is not currently landmarked. Then add that its architecture appears today much as it was built 200 years ago, and its Federal style design is both unique and of a very limited period. Preserving structures of this age and character is extremely important to locals and visitors alike, so that future generations can actually see glimpses of how the City began, and that happens through the landmark designation of buildings like this one.
This house has participated in, and survived through, many waves of NYC’s cultural and commercial growth from butcher’s row to the birth of vaudeville to barber school district to restaurant and lighting suppliers today – an original home of “small business.” 206 Bowery is a wonderful example of the intimacy that once was downtown Manhattan, and stands in stark contrast to new, larger buildings. With real estate development happening fast and furiously on The Bowery, it’s a credit to the City that the LPC insures that its historic character is protected.
206 Bowery needs and deserves the immediate attention of preservation laws to ensure its survival, and I believe its resilience and stamina has earned landmark designation, so I ask that you confirm its preservation right away.