Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cooper 35 Asian Pub putting up a fight before being torn down



As I first reported two weeks ago, the building that houses the Cooper 35 Asian Pub is part of the recently signed development deal at Sixth Street and Cooper Square.

An employee at Cooper 35 confirms to Washington Square News that the bar will closed and be torn down in the coming months. The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and Asian Pub are circulating petitions to landmark the building.

Jeremiah has a comprehensive history of 35 Cooper Square here.

(WSN link via BoweryBoogie)

9 comments:

Bowery Boy said...

Isn't this headline a lil' assuming? If it does happen, it'll be interesting to see how much of Cooper Hotel's northern view will be ruined. Unless looking into a new building is cool. Anything built on this site will kill the value of CH's northern side. And any new buidling here would have nothing of the famed southern exposure called sunlight. Maybe both the Cooper Hotel and the new building can sell the great views into eachother's rooms... only feet away you can watch a tourist changing clothes!

Lisa said...

I never cease to be amazed by the way Cooper Square has changed their M.O. Years ago they were focused like lasers on preventing gentrification, ensuring there was enough low-income housing in the area and protecting the rights of the locals. They vilified then-Councilman Antonio Pagan as The Destroyer of the Neighborhood when he embarked on a plan to build more middle-income, fixed-rate housing, even though it was to benefit EV residents, but they've long ago left anything Pagan oversaw in the dust. Their commitment to destruction and upscale redevelopment for the sake of their bottom line betrays precisely what greedy hypocrites these assholes are. Here's hoping they all burn in gentrification hell.

glamma said...

how in the hell do these developers get away with destroying our city's priceless, historic treasures day after day???
WTF are they doing at the landmarks commission (besides getting hushed by our corrupt fre@kin mayor)? just appalling, the whole of it.

Goggla said...

Ugh, why must everything be completely destroyed and erased?! I hope that sink-hole next-door prevents any kind of high-rise development. The is such a historic and attractive building, why not celebrate that? Isn't that what the LPC is supposed to do? How can a private backyard TREEHOUSE get landmark designation and not something like this, that is valuable to all?

Treehouse nonsense:
http://tinyurl.com/25j6pjh

---------m said...

please send letters, many letters, to the lpc expressing your concern about preserving this wonderful architectural time capsule. showing support on this blog is great, but sending letters to the agency that oversees preservation is what really counts.

cvinzant said...

I went to check out the lot's property records to see if I could figure out who bought it. But they've hidden behind a Delaware limited liability company called COOPER AND 6TH PROPERTY LLC.
the block number is 00461 if anyone else can figure out anything more from the Byzantine records. I was hoping to see how much money Cooper Square Hotel lost on the property but I couldn't.
Here's the transfer: http://a836-acris.nyc.gov/Scripts/DocSearch.dll/ViewImage?Doc_ID=2010102600260001

Bowery Boy said...

This house needs some press to wake up the community. Please go here: http://www.villagevoice.com/feedback/EmailAnEmployee?department=letters
Send a note asking them to cover this important issue. Heck, they're right across the street.

blue glass said...

further to lisa's comments...
in the late 70's, early 80's, through what was called the cross subsidy plan, the cooper square committee was offered development of the "urban renewal area" with 80% low income housing to be mostly paid for by 20% market rate housing.
while insisting that the apartments be 100% low income - and the long delay to NOT get 100% low income apartment - the area is now 80% luxury and 20% low income.
good job cooper square committee.

Anonymous said...

Make sure to write letters to LPC to not preserve this dump.