Greenwich Village & the East Village below Union Square deserve landmark protections

Recipients

  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • LPC Chair Sarah Carroll
  • Councilmember Carlina Rivera
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio

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With the withdrawal of the Union Sq. So. Hotel Special Permit plan, landmark protections are needed here more than ever.

Dear [Decision Maker],

Now that the South of Union Square Hotel Special Permit proposal has been withdrawn, it's more critical than ever that the city extend landmark designation to the area, and you support doing so.

The hotel special permit plan would have done virtually nothing to protect this area, even though it came out of an agreement between Councilmember Rivera and the Mayor as a condition for her support for the 14th Street Tech Hub rezoning, which has increased development pressure on the area. At the time, Councilmember Rivera called it a victory and said it would provide "a protective zoning measure that has proven to regulate commercial development." Now even this measure, which would on its own do little or nothing, won't be moving ahead. Nor have any of the additional protections which both the Councilmember and the Landmarks Preservation Commission said would be considered following the Tech Hub deal.

It's time for city officials like you to do your job and support much-needed landmarks protections for this undeniably historically rich and endangered area.

A growing list of elected officials, scholars, civil rights groups, preservationists, and New Yorkers, including Speaker Corey Johnson, support Village Preservation's proposal for landmark designation for the unprotected area of Greenwich Village and the East Village south of Union Square. The area is uniquely rich in intact 19th and early 20th-century architecture and contains an unrivaled set of sites connected to our city and our country's civil rights history, the women's suffrage movement, and great art, music and literature. Thousands of New Yorkers have also expressed their support for honoring and protecting this history, which has been threatened by increased development pressure in the area accelerated by the 14th Street Tech Hub and the city's policy of promoting high-rise commercial development here.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]

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