Preservationists Pushing LPC to Designate a Lower East Side Historic District 

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 at 5:15 am by
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Catching up on some news from earlier…

Several local grassroots preservationists have united under the banner of protecting a large swath of Lower East Side territory. Led by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side, the consortium of twenty groups is pushing to instate an Historic District south of Delancey Street (BID territory).

They’ve gathered some 500 petition signatures of support, and since submitted a proposal for designation to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The request focuses on the area’s significance as a destination for new American immigrants, and its role as home cultural superstars like George Gershwin, Fiorello LaGuardia, and Lillian D. Wald.

Noticeably absent from the supporters is the Tenement Museum, which had initially proposed such a district ten years ago, yet backed down amid pressure from building owners. So it makes sense they wouldn’t back a measure this time around. (That requires a post in itself, but mainly because they’re reportedly in cahoots with the real estate industry)

Below is a map showing the proposed district:

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It’s an uphill battle, for sure.

Meanwhile, it’s worth mentioning that there is already a Lower East Side Historic District in what’s now considered the East Village. That area was earmarked back in 2012.

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