Bowery Alliance of Neighbors Celebrates 10 Years of Local Activism

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 at 5:06 am by

One of the most vocal local groups advocating for Bowery preservation celebrates an important milestone this month.

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, whose signature fight is to save the namesake thoroughfare, now celebrates a decade in existence.

Ten years of preservation and awareness. The group was founded in 2007, and later Proposed its East Bowery Preservation Plan. The “contextual zoning” proposal aimed to establish a height restriction on the east side of the boulevard, much like the Special Little Italy District does for the west side. That’s why the former is built up (e.g. CitizenM, New Museum, Sperrone Westwater), and the latter is relatively low rise. The plan gained some traction over the years, and even garnered support from director Martin Scorsese in 2013. But so far, no legislation came of it.

135 Bowery before its destruction, circa 2011

“Since 2007, the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors has worked to preserve and celebrate the historic fabric of NYC’s oldest thoroughfare,” states a press release. “Threatened by a ferocious wave of real estate development, our efforts have included petitioning, lobbying, public forums and a contextual zoning proposal.”

Their most recent action was the 2016 “Windows on the Bowery” history exhibit that placed posters at key architectural points from Chatham Square to Cooper Union.

They’re celebrating with a fete at Phebes on October 24 (6pm-8pm). If interested, RSVP by emailing here.

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