Thursday, October 24, 2019
Gut renovations continue at the soon-to-be-expanded 264 E. 7th St.
The gutting of 264 E. Seventh St. between Avenue C and Avenue D is in full swing...
According to the approved permit filed with the city, the owners plan to gut renovate No. 264 and convert it to a two-family dwelling (from three units), apparently leaving the exterior of the building in place and adding an extension in the rear.
Things didn't look so good here in September 2016, when a permit was filed with the DOB to demolish the three-level, circa 1842 townhouse.
Preservations rallied to try to have the string of pastel-colored residences here considered for landmarking. However, in late October 2017, the Landmarks Preservation Commission refused to consider them for such a designation.
This past April, word came via the Village Preservation (GVSHP) that new owners purchased the property and were doing away with a full demolition. (Public records show an LLC paid $7.7 million for the address.)
We haven't seen any renderings for the all-new No. 264 just yet.
And as noted before, Felicia Bond lived in the garden duplex at No. 264 when she illustrated the renowned children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" in the mid-1980s.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Live in the house that inspired the art for 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie'
City says no to landmarking row of 7th Street homes, clearing way for demolition of No. 264
Posted by Grieve at 4:30 AM
Labels: 264 E. Seventh St., gut renovations
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Living down the Block this is welcomed news not land-marked but yet historically important and adds much to the charm of the block glad to see a sensible solution has come about.
These buildings were my favorite in the neighborhood and I loved walking down that block because of them. It makes me wonder how beautiful our neighborhood must have been when every block was lined with buildings like these.
Well finally some good news; thank God for purchasers who aren't Hottentots slavishly enamored of the new and shiny, but who still have some respect for history and neighborhood. As for the LPC, they are as useless as our Mayor. What is it they get paid to do, exactly? Because they're not doing much in the way of preservation.
The building being "saved" but housing one less family is a terrible outcome––this is a prime example of how if we don't allow more housing in the East Village, older housing will continue to filter up to the wealthy via gut renovations.
Attention new owners, please please keep those amazing doors!
"There was living space for thirteen families! In this one house!"
- Komrade Kaprugina
The East Village is one of the most historic areas of New York. It's oldest surviving buildings date to the late 18th and early 19th century. In the late 19th and early 20th century, it was a gateway for immigrants and a center of transformative labor, political, and social movements. As the 20th century progressed, the neighborhood had a tremendous impact upon popular culture, with revolutionary developments in music, the arts, housing, and urban reclamation.
Much of that history remains manifest in its architecture and streetscapes, which reflect the lives of merchants, immigrants, artists, and rebels over the last two centuries. But more and more of that history is being erased or lost, and can only be preserved and protected through landmarking.
Now is the time to protect that history before it is too late.
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