Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another historic loss on the Bowery, and an illegal demolition?

206 Bowery, a Federal row house from the early 1800's -- maybe as early as 1800 -- is being prepared for demolition. The residential tenant has been given 6 days' eviction notice, the commercial tenant has already left and the boiler has been shut off. And there are no filings with the Department of Buildings to demolish.

Another illegal demolition to pre-empt any effort to landmark the building, like the Henry Street demolition February? We've already lost the Germania Bank building on Bowery. History is losing fast. The barbarians are here.


Anonymous said...

Some encouraging news:
tuesday, june 15th - Landmarks Preservation Commission calendared two bldgs Margaret Chin's office asked them to consider: 135 and 206 Bowery.
Kudos to Sally Young, who on a moment's notice dashed off to be there.

Anonymous said...

Dear Bowery Supporters: Now is the time to show your support for the preservation of the Bowery by writing to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in support of the Landmark designation of the surviving row houses at 135 and 206 Bowery. Please write now, in advance of the July 13 public hearing.
Both Federal-style houses with their Flemish-bond brick work, and high peaked roofs with twin dormers are remarkable survivors from the first wave of development in the early 19th century when the Bowery emerged as the primary north-south artery on the east side of Manhattan. Please write to:
Robert J. Tierney,Chairman
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
Municipal Building
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor North
New York, NY 10007
or email your support to: