The Federal-Style Row House at 35 Cooper Square was Razed for this Crappy Dorm

Posted on: December 17th, 2014 at 5:00 am by
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The rich cultural history of 35 Cooper Square concludes with the reveal of its brooding gray replacement. Almost four years later, we’re now stuck with this eyesore of a dorm, courtesy of developer Arun Bhatia. The new thirteen-story building will house students from Marymount Manhattan College once completed.

For almost two hundred years, a Federal-style row house stood at this address, and was reportedly the first of four such structures built by Nicholas William Stuyvesant in the 1800s. But real estate speculation put an end to its formidable contribution to the neighborhood. The structure was bulldozed into submission back in 2011.

Local preservationists led by the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors rallied for months to landmark the 1825-vintage building, but no one cared to save it.

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35 Cooper Square before it was demolished, January 2011

Before 35 Cooper Square was demolished, the Cooper 35 Asian Pub had operated here for years and was a perennial NYU hangout. It closed unexpectedly in 2010 after the property sold for $8.5 million.

The flyer from the candlelight vigil is still on our fridge…

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