Friday, January 28, 2011

[Updated] At the rally for 35 Cooper Square

Unfortunately, given our work schedule, we couldn't attend this afternoon's rally at 35 Cooper Square... EV Grieve reader Lisa was there... and she took the following shots...

The Local East Village was there too, and they estimate a crowd of 100. Read their report here. More on this to come...

Patrick Hedlund has filed his story over at DNAinfo. You can read it here. NYULocal has a post with photos here. Here's BoweryBoogie's report.


Anonymous said...

Wuz Mr. Penley and the "ZIPPIES " at this action? This sounds like a good cause Any riot gear?

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

The banner quote "Once you lose a building, you lose character and history." was from an article in the New York Daily News several years ago.
This statement was made by Amanda Burden - the Chair of the City Planning Commission.

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

The banner quote which reads "Once you lose a building, you lose character and history." was made by the Chair of the N. Y. City Planning Commission, Amanda Burden. This is from an article in the N.Y. Daily News a few years ago. Interesting, yes?

David Mulkins said...

As the oldest surviving architectural artifact of the
historic Cooper Square, this
charming Federal style rowhouse
is a link with our past and should
be landmarked. Built by a descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, it
pre-dates the stately Cooper Union. In the 1960s it was occupied by poet Diane DiPrima,
most influential woman of the Beat
Late last year, the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, Historic Districts Council, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative jointly filed an RFE with Landmarks
Preservation Commission requesting
that they landmark the building.
City Council Member Rosie Mendez
also wrote LPC and met with LPC
chair Tierney. Tierney declined
designation on the grounds that the
building has experienced alterations to its facade. Historian Joyce Mendelsohn wrote
to Tierney reminding him that
many Federal style buildings have
been landmarked despite such alterations. State Assembly Member
Deborah Glick has also written to
Tierney urging LPC urging a public
Denied a public hearing,
the above groups opted for the
press conference/rally. In addition to BAN, HDC, GVSHP, & LESPI, event participants also
included Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Cooper Square Committee,
East Village Community Coalition,
City Lore, Lower East Side History
Project, E 5th St Block Assoc,
6th & 7th Block Assoc, Friends of
NoHo, historian Joyce Mendelsohn,
and poet, 50-year Cooper Square resident Hettie Jones.
A petition to landmark 35 Cooper is online via
David Mulkins, Chair
Bowery Alliance of Neighbors

K Webster said...

I remember well the beautiful mural painted on the side of this building after 9/11. So much history, so much that defines New York. Do you really want to keep tearing down buildings of this caliber and richness? Meanwhile, the community near the Trade Center's footprint is begging for building and reconstruction for their devastated community. How in any conscience can a developer continue to defy the local clear preference of the East Village community to stop overbuilding and turn a deaf ear to the real needs of that other destroyed site not a mile and a half from here?

Anonymous said...

on the morning of november 25th, 1783 american troops led by general knox camped out at the junction of the bowery and 3rd avenue (the present site of 35 cooper square), and waited for general washington as the british army evacuated new york. that afternoon washington lead the american troops down the bowery as new yorkers celebrated their liberation. rockets shot up from rooftops and bonfires blazed along the bowery. many of the modest houses along the bowery washington's army marched past heading down to fraunce's tavern were early federal style of this type.

these buildings are cultural treasures literally, physical manifestations of 350 years of stories set in the most remarkable place humans have ever co-existed. new yorkers walked through the door of this building who would have lived in the bowery and watched as washington rode by. i feel fortunate to live in a place where i get to walk past these time capsules daily, history becomes tactile and experiential. this is why i live here. this is what makes our neighborhood incredibly special. the bowery is a living history book of america one can experience chapter by chapter. every decade of the past 250 years is represented and very real. the kind of thoughtless development being dropped on us is destroying what makes this one of the culturally richest areas in america. if you want to live an avalon bay life style (and thats valid if thats who you are) move to midtown or jersey city and we all win.