Martin Scorsese Endorses Bowery Preservation Plans
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The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and its East Bowery Preservation Plan received another huge endorsement last week. In a letter to the City Planning Commission, Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, onetime resident of nearby Elizabeth Street, urged the governing body to support preservation efforts. His argument stresses the historical significance of the thoroughfare as a cradle of the arts, and how overdevelopment offers the Bowery “up to the elements of conformity.” He goes on to explain how this area was a “clear catalyst for turning me into a storyteller.”
Full letter to Chairwoman Amanda Burden is republished below:
The East Bowery Preservation Plan argues that the east side of the street should carry height restrictions; the west side already enjoys such protections for being in the Special Little Italy District.