City Council Votes Against 135 Bowery Landmarking
So much for the fight to save 135 Bowery. Despite petitions, community outcry, and the resultant media exposure, the wrecking ball is coming. Indeed, the 200-year-old Federal style row house received its death sentence yesterday afternoon, when City Council voted to overturn the landmark status already awarded to the property. A new seven-story structure with “affordable” business space will be the replacement.
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Councilmemeber Margaret Chin sided with the building owner (i.e. bank), with her cohorts falling in line. The only vote for landmark status was from Councilmember Rosie Mendez.
Including the loss of 35 Cooper Square this past spring, the Bowery has lost two historic row house within a six-month period.