Six Buildings Excluded From Historic District

EV Historic DistrictEast Village_PROPOSED_CHANGE_20121009L.P.C. The original (left) and final (right) historic districts.
building 1Daniel Maurer 112-116 First Avenue

Six addresses originally slated to be part of the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District were ultimately excluded from the protected zone.

Elisabeth de Bourbon, a spokesperson for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, said that 343 and 403 East Sixth Street as well as 92 East Seventh Street and 112-116 First Avenue were left out because “they don’t have a style, unlike all the other buildings in the district which do have a style such as Italianate, Queen Anne, and Romanesque revival.”

building 2Daniel Maurer 92 East Seventh Street

The buildings were originally included in the district because they acted as a bridge between separate sections on either side of First Avenue, said Ms. de Bourbon. But ultimately the commission’s staff decided that there was no legal need for the district to be contiguous.

mancorabuilding 3Daniel Maurer 343 and 403 East Sixth Street

In addition, the owner of 114 and 116 First Avenue didn’t want those buildings, near the corner of Seventh Street, to be included in the district, said Ms. de Bourbon. “Our thinking became: because there’s no style and because of this opposition, in part, that we could exclude them,” she said of the buildings.

Richard Moses, president of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, was happy about today’s vote, but was disappointed to hear of the exclusion. “We thought they should be in there,” he said of the buildings. “We like the idea of having this connection between the east and west parts of the district where development is controlled. Losing that connection means it functions more as two separate districts.”