CB2 to Consider Support of 200-Year-Old Federal House on the Bowery

Posted December 18, 2017 at 5:16 am

Preservation efforts to save 206 Bowery again kicked into high gear earlier this month. Fear is rampant among these building advocates that the Landmark Preservation Commission – charged with saving the city’s beloved architecture – will let the Federal-style row house drop from its calendar at the end of this year. Led by the Greenwich […]

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It’s a Shonda that the Tenement Museum Refuses to Back the Proposed Lower East Side Historic District [Op-Ed]

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

The following opinion piece about the proposed Lower East Side Historic District was written by Joyce Mendelsohn and Mitchell Grubler from the Friends of the Lower East Side preservation group. Although the campaign for a Lower East Side historic district has its roots in efforts led by the Tenement Museum, the current administration of the […]

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As Development Heats Up, Landmarked Lower East Side Historic District Isn’t Any Closer to Happening

Posted July 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

With the city’s so-called “backlog” initiative firmly in the rearview, it’s time to refocus. You’ll recall that several local grassroots preservationists continue the battle to protect an historically-significant swath of Lower East Side territory. Led by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side, the consortium of area groups is pushing […]

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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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You Can Now Explore all the LPC-Designated Landmarks Across NYC

Posted March 16, 2016 at 5:10 am

Calling cartography nerds… The Landmarks Preservation Commission just unveiled a new interactive map tool to the masses. This new technology is years behind the curve, yet useful nonetheless. The map plots the hundreds of city-certified landmarks across the Five Boroughs, including overlays for any whole districts preserved. In a nutshell, what this map illustrates for […]

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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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Permits Filed for 12-Story Tumor Atop Provident Loan Society Building East Houston Street

Posted November 30, 2015 at 4:45 am

Here it comes. The Provident Loan Society building on East Houston Street is one step closer to sprouting a twelve-story (120-foot) tumor. Owners Elsa and Dunnie Lai together filed paperwork for the $15 million project with the Department of Buildings ten days ago. As previously reported, plans call for a 41,000 square-foot transformation of the un-protected Provident Loan […]

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Campaign Underway to Landmark the Provident Loan Society Building on East Houston Before this 12-Story Addition Happens

Posted November 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Provident Loan Society building on East Houston is threatened. Threatened by developers who wish to drop a 40,000 square-foot addition atop the 1912 treasure. As earlier reported, the owners of 223-225 East Houston – Elsa and Dunnie Lai – have proposed a twelve-story vertical addition to the property. The protrusion was made possible thanks […]

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135 Bowery Replacement Shows Off Its Shiny New Brickwork

Posted August 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

Herewith, an update on that new construction that replaced the Federal-style rowhouse at 135 Bowery. The property is three years in the making, with construction having kickstarted roughly eight months ago after a lengthy holding pattern. Whatever might have remained of the original structure is no longer recognizable, if even there at all. Instead, we now […]

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Pylones Ditches Spring Street Store Due to High Rents

Posted February 19, 2014 at 5:29 am

Pylones, that colorfully funky international gift shop chain, is now a man down. Its SoHo store at 69 Spring Street shuttered in mid-January after almost a decade at this location. Blame the landlord; apparently the reason for closure, as is always the case these days, was a rent hike. Ergo, an executive decision was made […]

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