City Council Voting in Favor of Bowery Citizen Savings Bank Landmark

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

The debacle over 135 Bowery taught the neighborhood a valuable lesson that an LPC approval vote does not a landmark make. The centuries-old federal row house was approved by the commission, then overturned by City Council last month.  Demolition there is imminent.

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Yesterday morning, the Land Use subcommittee met to vote on the fate of another historic structure floating through the bureaucracy – Citizens Savings Bank at 58 Bowery. The Landmarks Preservation Commission already signaled their approval for protective status, and the board fell in line with the decision.  So far, it seems positive.

Per a Boogie tipster:

Just wanted to let you know that the Citizens Savings Bank was heard at the Land Use sub-committee meeting this morning [yesterday]. Of course, it was a no-brainer, and the vote was 6-1. [Councilmember Margaret] Chin spoke in favor of the bank – not that she needed to. I did too, just to tell the council members to not be so proud of themselves – it’s the small buildings between Cooper Union and this Bank that really need their courage, and I brought up my disappointment with the way they treated 135 Bowery. At the risk of being a lil’ cheeky, well… they need to know.

A full City Council vote is up next.

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