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Rare 200-Year-Old LES Federal Houses Are Endangered in Face of LPC Decalendaring

Posted December 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

Local preservationists are scrambling. Word dropped last week that the Landmarks Preservation Commission may likely decalendar a pair of rare two-hundred-year-old Federal-style row houses from its agenda by the end of the year. 206 Bowery and 22 East Broadway are back on the endangered list, despite the city’s initial position as significant structures warranting consideration. […]

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Help Restore the ‘Yiddish Walk of Fame’ on 2nd Avenue

Posted August 8, 2017 at 5:12 am

Local preservationists have their work cut out for them. Or walk. The Yiddish Walk of Fame, a notable piece of of Lower Manhattan’s cultural history, has fallen into a significant state of disrepair. The walkway, located on Second Avenue near East 10th, lays claim to the famed thespians within the Jewish community from the 1890s through […]

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It’s Time to Seriously Protest Moxy Hotel’s Demolition of an East Village Block

Posted October 19, 2016 at 9:43 am

Grab the pitchforks. Marriott hotels, vis-a-vis landowner Lightstone Group, began demolition of a half-block of East Village history earlier this month to construct a 300-room lodge. That’s Moxy. The hotel, that is, geared specifically toward millenials with disposable income. The doomed real estate in question is five “landmark-eligible” buildings comprising 112-120 East 11th Street (across from Webster Hall). […]

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Controversial ‘Anti-Landmarking Bill’ Gets Approval from City

Posted June 10, 2016 at 5:10 am

On Wednesday, the City Council voted to approve controversial legislation that some locals refer to as an “anti-landmarking bill.” As previously reported, “Intro. 775” establishes “do or die” deadlines for landmark designations. Meaning, if the Landmarks Preservation Commission doesn’t vote on proposed individual landmarks within one year (two years for districts), then the proposals are […]

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LPC ‘Backlog Initiative’ Fails to Landmark 2 Federal-Style Houses on the LES

Posted February 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

Yesterday was a big day for the Landmarks Preservation Commission. A day of hearings watched closely by both preservationists and big real estate. It was all part of the so-called “Backlog Initiative,” the ambitious plan devised to address the buildup of 95 properties previously awaiting judgement by the city (85% were calendared more than twenty […]

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Preservationists Blast City Council for ‘Anti-Landmarking’ Bill

Last modified September 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Preservationists, mount up. The City Council is currently mulling over a bill that could have profound negative effects on the character of the city’s great architecture. “Intro 775,” as the legislation is called, essentially establishes “do or die” deadlines for landmark designations. Basically saying that, if certain timing parameters are not met, then historic sites […]

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What Will Replace the Lost Buildings on the 2nd Avenue Explosion Site?

Posted April 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

Too soon? Yes. It’s shitty, but one of the common utterances we heard from people in the immediate aftermath of the explosion on Second Avenue last week was regarding the property itself. Real estate speculation; that developers were probably foaming at the mouth with the soon-to-be-available corner parcel. A spot in what many consider the “heart” […]

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Thanks to LPC De-Calendaring, 100 Historic Structures May Lose Chance to be Landmarked

Posted December 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Unprecedented. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) plans to vote next Tuesday (December 9) on what is being called the “de-calendar [ing]” of one hundred buildings throughout the five boroughs. Procedurally, the LPC calendars hearings for which buildings and their historic and cultural currency are presented to the board who either vote in favor of land-marking or […]

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Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue on 14th Street is Designated a Landmark

Posted October 29, 2014 at 6:02 am

Local activists kept the faith and a Lower East Side icon was saved. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and its supporters, the 150-year-old German Romanesque-style Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue at 334 East 14th Street is now officially designated a city landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission decreed the protective […]

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The Old Fillmore East on 2nd Avenue to Receive Commemorative Plaque

Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

For a few short, yet culturally significant years, the Fillmore East buzzed the eardrums of rock fans. Bill Graham opened the historic theater in 1968 as the East Coast sister to San Francisco, and attracted a slew of legacy performers in their prime. Some artists who graced the stage, among others, were Pink Floyd, The […]

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