Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How you can help save the historic 135 Bowery

From the EV Grieve inbox ...

Dear Friends of the Historic Bowery,

The historic buildings on the Bowery are under extreme threat. In May, New York lost the 1835 townhouse at 35 Cooper Square to a proposed tower development. The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and others have urged the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to act swiftly to save the remaining historic buildings on the Bowery and the LPC listened.

In June, the LPC voted to designate the circa 1818 Federal-style house at 135 Bowery as an individual landmark — but the future is still uncertain! Its landmark designation still awaits ratification in City Council where the bank that owns it will be applying tremendous pressure opposing the designation.

Please add your name to the petition to demonstrate broad public support for saving this rare surviving and intact townhouse from the Federal era. Sign the petition to tell Councilmember Margaret Chin and City Council that we do not want to lose this Bowery landmark.

Find the petition here.

Thank you for your support.

Jean Standish, Vice Chair
Mitchell Grubler, Chair, Landmarks Committee
Bowery Alliance of Neighbors


blue glass said...

i would have signed your petition if the site hadn't asked for a donation before going to the next screen.
a shoddy way to collect funds.
good cause or not!

bowery boy said...

I got a "Your signature has been recorded" above the iPetitions donation plug, so I assume I'm done and don't need another screen.

I think this donation screen is something iPetitions does on all petitions. "shoddy" or not, it's iP's doing and in no way beneifits the groups who create the petitions.

If anyone is concerned that BAN is making money from this, I can assure you that is not the case. The members are all locals who do this on a volunteer basis, and they put more of their own money into trying to save the neighbor than anyone donates.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

bowery boy's right. The popup donations page is standard on iPetitions. I signed one in June and got the same popup donations page. I ignored it and my name was still added to the petition.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Just a note. Your name will show up in Google when you sign an iPetition.

Roger_Paw said...

Thanks, Ken. I chose the option to not have my name show up online (but to show up on the petition itself) lest anyone gets spooked upon reading your comment.

And yes, you can just close the window that asks for a donation; your name is still counted on the petition.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Thank you too, Roger_Paw, I didn't spot the option to not have my name show up online...

blue glass said...

i do not usually sign email petitions and certainly i am not used to being asked to contribute $$s.
when i went to sign and received a request for money i just quit. i didn't even realize my signature had been recorded.
i don't care who asked for the money i think it is wrong.
in any case i seemed to have signed and do want to save the building.
thanks for the information folks.