Vital History, from Civil War and Abolition to Great 20th-Century Artists, to Be Destroyed #SouthOfUnionSquare Unless City Acts
Village Preservation has submitted to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) a detailed accounting of the historic significance of 813 and 815 Broadway, two buildings in our proposed South of Union Square Historic District that are slated to be demolished and replaced with a 12-story commercial/residential tower. These two buildings, substantially intact and dating to the 19th century, were connected to extraordinary figures and events in American political, social, artistic, and commercial history, and played important roles in the Civil War, in the fight for abolition of slavery, in the establishment of public health standards in our city and across the country, in the development of New York City as the center of the art world in the post–World War II years, and in the development of commerce and popular culture in this country. Read the full submission here.
Village Preservation is fighting to secure landmark designation for this endangered but historic area of Greenwich Village and the East Village South of Union Square. The 2018 upzoning for the nearby 14th Street Tech Hub engineered by then-Mayor de Blasio and City Councilmember Carlina Rivera has increased development pressure on the area. Village Preservation has gotten the area ruled eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places and named one of its “Seven to Save” by the Preservation League of NYS (one of the seven most significant endangered historic sites in all of NYS), and secured landmark designation for several individual buildings in the area. But the LPC has thus far refused to consider broader landmark protections for the area, and Rivera, who represents the council district east of Fifth Avenue, has refused to support the proposed historic district.