Useful Links

ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
  2. City Lore
  3. DOCOMOMO
  4. East Village Community Coalition
  5. Friends of the Lower East Side
  6. Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
  7. Historic Districts Council
  8. Italian American Museum
  9. Lower East Side History Project
  10. Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy
  11. Lower East Side Preservation Initiative Facebook Page
  12. Lower East Side Preservation Initiative Flickr Site - Photographs
  13. Municipal Art Society
  14. Museum of Chinese in America
  15. National Trust for Historic Preservation
  16. Neighborhood Preservation Center
  17. New Museum
  18. New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
  19. New York Landmarks Conservancy
  20. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
  21. Tenement Museum
  22. Third Street Music School Settlement
  23. Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

LESPI IN THE NEWS

  1. An Uncertain Future for East Village Rowhouses - The New York Times, November 26, 2016.

  2. Protests Continue Against Demolition of East Village Tenements For Hotel - Bedford and Bowery, October 20, 2016.

  3. As Development Heats Up, Landmarked Lower East Side Historic District Isn’t Any Closer to Happening - Bowery Boogie, June 21, 2016.

  4. Alongside Katz’s Pastrami, Luxury Condos - The New York Times, April 22, 2016.

  5. Proposed Lower East Side Historic District Picks Up Support; Tenement Museum Stays on the Sidelines - The Lo-Down, November 9, 2015.

  6. Preservationists oppose landmark deadline bill - Town & Village, September 11, 2015.

  7. Graffiti Artist YesOne Paints Before a Live Audience at The Clemente - The Lo-Down, July 31, 2015.

  8. In Action in LES with YESONE and the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative - Bowery Boogie, July 30, 2015.

  9. New York City's Fight for Cultural Preservation - Huffington Post, June 26, 2015.

  10. Preservationists Rally For a Lower East Side Historic District - Curbed, June 22, 2015.

  11. Preservation Groups Ask Landmarks Commission to Declare Lower East Side Historic District - The Lo-Down, June 22, 2015.

  12. On the Ground with the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative - Bowery Boogie, June 12, 2015.

  13. NYC Landmarks Lose Protected Status - The Legislative Gazette, December 15, 2014.

  14. Preserving New York's Lower East Side - TCB Radio WCWP: Richard Solomon interviews LESPI President Richard Moses, October 1, 2014.

  15. Despite Hail Mary Toss, There’ll Be No Digging For Bodies at Doomed Church - Bedford + Bowery, June 28, 2013.

  16. Allen Ginsberg Made it Famous, Preservation Groups Want to Save it - New York Press, May 29, 2013.

  17. Preservationists call for archeological review of former cemetery at Mary Help of Christians site - EV Grieve, May 23, 2013.

  18. Planned East Village High-Rise Could Disturb the Dead, Preservationists Say - DNAinfo New York, May 22, 2013.

  19. Mary Help of Christians Demolition OK’d, Preservationists Plan Rally - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, April 26, 2013.

  20. Plans For Former PS 64 Building Get First Approval From CB 3 - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, April 8, 2013.

  21. Resistance Brewing Over Conversion of Former P.S. 64 Into Dorms - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, February 21, 2013.

  22. Preservationists to Steiner, Landmarks: Protect Mary Help of Christians - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, November 30, 2012.

  23. Next Up: A Tompkins Square Historic District? - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, October 10, 2012. With video tour by LESPI VP Carolyn Ratcliffe.

  24. East Village Gets First Large-Scale Historic Landmark District - VillageVoice.com, October 10, 2012

  25. Six Buildings Excluded From Historic District - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, October 9, 2012

  26. Richard Moses Celebrates 5 Years and, Hopefully, 300+ Historic Buildings - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, October 5, 2012

  27. Local Residents Speak Out Regarding Proposed East Village Historic District - The Lo-Down, June 27, 2012

  28. At Landmarks Hearing, Preservationists and Religious Leaders Clash - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, June 26, 2012

  29. Strolling Back Into the Golden Age of Yiddish Theater - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, June 12, 2012

  30. Shaoul's Rooftop Extension Not That Bad? - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, May 10, 2012

  31. East 10th Landmarked, But Not Before Controversial Renovation is Approved - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, January 17, 2012

  32. Landmarking Push Doesn't Bother Shaoul - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, December 15, 2011

  33. City Council Votes to Strip 135 Bowery of Landmark Designation - Our Town Downtown, September 28, 2011

  34. In Favor of a Historic District: It Preserves Local Character - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, August 10, 2011: An Opinion piece written by LESPI Steering Committee members Britton Baine and Richard Moses
  35. C.B. 3 approves E.V. plan at tense meeting - Downtown Express, August 3, 2011

  36. A First Look at Karl Fischer’s Design for 427 East 12th Street - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, August 1, 2011

  37. C.B. 3 Approves E.V. Landmark Plan at Tense Meeting - The Villager, July 28 - August 3, 2011

  38. Houses of worship opposed to historic district may sue - The Villager, July 14 - 20, 2011

  39. Pyramid and cinema in proposed district; Church says, Nyet - The Villager, June 23-29, 2011

  40. East Village Historic Area Could Include Birthplace of Drag - DNAinfo.com, May 27, 2011

  41. Revised Plan Broadens Historic District - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, May 25, 2011

  42. Residents Laud Historic District Plan - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, May 12, 2011

  43. Developer Meets on Fate of 35 Cooper - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, April 12, 2011

  44. Dozens Gather at Vigil for 35 Cooper - The Local East Village NYTimes.com, February 22, 2011

  45. The Protest At The Asian Pub - New York Press, January 28, 2011

  46. Church says nyet, community says da on landmarking - The Villager, July 29 - August 4, 2010

  47. Bowery charm fades, overcome by high-end consumers - Washington Square News, February 3, 2011

    SOURCES FOR LOCAL PRESERVATION-RELATED NEWS

    Bedford and Bowery

    Bowery Boogie

    DNAinfo New York

    EV Grieve

    The Lo-Down

    The Villager

    NYC LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION: DESIGNATION REPORTS FOR LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICTS AND INDIVIDUAL LANDMARKS

    1. Aschenbroedel Verein (later Gesangverein Schillerbund) now LA MAMA Experimental Theatre Club Building - 74 East 4th Street, 1873 altered 1892
    2. Bialystoker Home - 228 East Broadway, 1929-31
    3. Charlie Parker Residence - 151 Avenue B, ca. 1849
    4. Children's Aid Society, Elizabeth Home for Girls - 307 East 12th Street, 1891-92
    5. Children's Aid Society, Tompkins Square Lodging House for Boys and Industrial School, aka Eleventh Ward Lodging House - 295 East 8th Street at Avenue B, 1886
    6. Church of the Immaculate Conception (formerly Grace Chapel) - 406-412 East 14th Street, 1894
    7. Citizens Savings Bank - 58 Bowery aka 150 Canal Street, 1922-24
    8. (former) Congregation Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Anshe Ungarn - 242 East 7th Street, 1908
    9. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Foundation Building - Cooper Square between Astor Place and East 7th Street, 1853-59
    10. Daniel Leroy House - 20 St. Mark's Place, 1832
    11. DeVinne Press Building - 393-99 Lafayette Street, 1885
    12. East 10th Street Historic District - btn. Avenues A&B. Designated January 17, 2012
    13. East Village / Lower East Side Historic District - Designated October 9, 2012
    14. Edward Mooney House - 18 Bowery, 1785-89
    15. Eleventh Street Methodist Episcopal Chapel, later People's Home Church and Settlement, now The Father's Heart Church - 545 East 11th Street, 1867-68
    16. First German Baptist Church, later Ukranian Autocephalic Church of St. Volodymr, later Congregation Tifereth Israel - Town and Village Synagogue - 334 East 14th Street, 1866-69
    17. First Houses - Avenue A and East 3rd Street, 1935-36
    18. First Ukrainian Assembly of God (originally Metropolitan Savings Bank) - 9 East 7th Street, 1869
    19. Former Police Headquarters Building - 240 Centre Street, 1905-09
    20. Free Public Baths of the City of New York, East Eleventh Street Bath - 538 East 11th Street, 1904-05
    21. German-American Shooting Society Clubhouse - 12 St. Mark's Place, 1888-89
    22. Germania Fire Insurance Company Bowery Building - 357 Bowery, 1870
    23. Hamilton-Holly House - 4 St. Mark's Place, 1831
    24. Hardenbrook-Somarindyck House - 135 Bowery, 1817 (DE-LANDMARKED BY NY CITY COUNCIL IN 2011)
    25. Henry Street Settlement, 263 Henry Street Building - 263 Henry Street, 1827
    26. Jarmulowsky Bank Building -54 Canal Street, 1911-12
    27. Louis N. Jaffe Art Theater (Yiddish Art Theater / Yiddish Folks Theater) Building - 181-189 Second Avenue, 1925-26
    28. Louis N. Jaffe Art Theater (Yiddish Art Theater / Yiddish Folks Theater) Interior - 181-189 Second Avenue, 1925-26
    29. New York City Marble Cemetery - 52-74 East 2nd Street, between Second and First Avenues, 1831
    30. New York Marble Cemetery - interior block between East 2nd and 3rd Streets, Second Avenue to Bowery, entered from Second Avenue, 1830
    31. Old Merchant's House (Seabury Treadwell House) 127 East 4th Street, 1835: a beautifully preserved Greek Revival house, now a house museum
    32. Old Merchant's House interior (Seabury Treadwell House) 127 East 4th Street, 1835: a beautifully preserved Greek Revival house, now a house museum, and one of the great interiors in New York City
    33. Ottendorfer Branch, New York Public Library - 135 Second Avenue, 1883-84
    34. Public National Bank of New York Building, later Public National Bank and Trust Company of New York Building - 106 Avenue C, aka 231 East 7th Street, 1923
    35. (former) Public School 64 - 605 East 9th Street, 1904-06
    36. Ralph and Ann E. Van Wyck Mead House, later Isaac Hopper Home of the Women's Prison Association - 110 Second Avenue, 1837-38
    37. Saint Mark's Historic District
    38. Saint Mark's-in-the-Bowery - East 10th Street at Second Avenue, 1799, steeple 1828, portico 1854
    39. Saint Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church - 288 East 10th Street aka 155 Avenue A, 1882-83
    40. Seward Park Branch, New York Public Library - 192-194 East Broadway, 1908-09
    41. Stuyvesant-Fish House - 21 Stuyvesant Street, 1803-04
    42. Tompkins Square Branch, New York Public Library - 331 East 10th Street, 1904
    43. Van Tassell & Kearney Auction Mart - 126-128 East 13th Street, 1903-04
    44. Webster Hall and Annex - 125 East 11th Street, 1886-87 and 1892
    45. Wheatsworth Bakery Building - 444 East 10th Street, 1927-28

    OTHER INTERESTING LINKS

    1. After the Final Curtain: Photographs of abandoned theaters, incl. the 1926 Bijou/Charles at Ave B and E 12th St. See also Resources/Cultural Site Map tab
    2. Bowery Artists Tribute
    3. The Brooklyn Bridge: A National Historic Landmark: useful information and links for students and non-students
    4. Chinatown and Little Italy National Register District: a wealth of historical information on these two incredible Lower East Side neighborhoods, from the National Park Service; don't miss the link to the full file
    5. Cinema Treasures: includes historical information on movie theaters around the country including the Lower East Side
    6. Family of Tom Blanck & Maggie Land Blanck: Kleindeutschland & the Lower East Side
    7. German Traces NYC: a project of the Goethe Institute
    8. Lower East Side Preservation Initiative's Let's Save the East Village / Lower East Side event video
    9. MAAP: Mapping the African American Past
    10. Museum of the City of New York Archive Photo Collection Portal
    11. New York Architecture
    12. "New York City [color] photos by Charles W. Cushman reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple" - from Daily Mail's MailOnline.com (UK)
    13. NYC Dept. of Records Photo Archive
    14. NYC Fire Dept. - History of Manhattan Engine Companies - includes archival photos
    15. NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission's Rowhouse Manual
    16. OldNYC Map of Archival Photographs: a map consisting of links to the NY Public Library's amazing collection of archival street scene photographs - click on any block to see what it looked like a century ago.
    17. Passing Stranger - the East Village Poetry Walk: a self guided tour
    18. Project Neon
    19. The Bowery Boys New York City History
    20. Video: A drive through the Lower East Side ca. 1910 - actual footage, via Bowery Boogie

 

The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative is dedicated to preserving the historic streetscapes of the Lower East Side, including the East Village, Lower East Side below Houston Street, Bowery, Chinatown and Little Italy