135 Bowery Demolition Imminent

Posted on: December 19th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Time to bid farewell to 135 Bowery, originally built here in 1817.  Within the last week, the centuries-old Federal-style row house was wrapped in the token black death shroud, its longer-than-usual flagpole protruding. Another chapter in Bowery history shut. Go forth and pay your respects.

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DOB permits filed last week by owner First American International Bank indicate that an emergency “partial demolition” is currently in play to stabilize the rear and front facades. Baby steps to being razed. The eventual plan for the property once cleared is to construct a seven-story commercial building that will allow for so-called “affordable” office space.

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135 Bowery had been earmarked for landmark designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission last June, and all seemed kosher.  However, earlier this fall, Councilmember Margaret Chin flip-flopped on her initial position, and City Council instead overturned the decision. The only vote to uphold landmark status was reportedly from Councilmember Rosie Mendez.

Including the loss of 35 Cooper Square this past spring, the Bowery has lost two historic row house within a year. Not to mention the removal of trademark dormers from 140 Bowery. To eulogize, we present the colored photograph of 135 Bowery below.  It’s dated circa 1900.  Hat tip to Boogie reader AW for sharing the shot.

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