I want to share with you the wonderful news that the proposed East Village Historic District was just approved with slight modifications by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, taking immediate effect! Three hundred thirty 19th and early 20th century buildings between the Bowery and Avenue A, St. Mark's Place and 2nd Street, now enjoy landmark protections.
Updated 5:31 p.m.
A few more media outlets have filed stories... The City Room blog at The New York Times noted the The new East Village/Lower East Side Historic District (official name!) passed by a 6-1 vote.
Margery Perlmutter, the lone dissenter, "said before the vote that most of the tenements in the district were not worth preserving."
And per Curbed:
[Perlmutter] also questioned the characterization of the historical significance of the neighborhood, saying "What brought it to prominence is that Jack Kerouac lived there as opposed to the immigrants."
Per a commenter at Gothamist: "Thank goodness ... Toy Tokyo at 91 Second Avenue can now look like that forever!"
You can find coverage at Crain's here. ... and NY1.