Last night there was a large turnout for the Community Board 3 hearing about two proposed historic districts in the East Village - the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District and the East 10th Street Historic District. The opposition was strong and vocal but, through our outreach efforts there were nearly twice as many people who testified in favor of the landmarks designations. The Landmarks Subcommittee narrowly voted in favor of the proposed historic districts, 2 to 1. We are proud of this victory for landmark designations in the East Village but, last night's vote was but one of three votes Community Board #3 will have on this issue.
The next public hearing for the East Village/Lower East Side and East 10th Street Historic Districts will be on Thursday, July 14 at 7: p.m. at the BRC Senior Services Center in Sara Roosevelt Park at 30 Delancey Street (between Chrystie & Forsyth Streets).
The hearing on July 14th is equally if not more important because the Parks Committee of Community Board 3 will be voting and much like last night we anticipate that there will be a significant number of people in opposition who will testify at the hearing. The next step in the process is for the full Community Board to vote on the proposed landmarking on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union - 41 Cooper Square.
We are asking that you show your support for landmarking in the East Village by attending the hearing next week and letting your voice be heard.
HOW TO HELP:
- Attend the Community Board #3 Public Hearing on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the BRC Senior Services Center in Sara Roosevelt Park at 30 Delancey Street (between Chrystie & Forsyth Streets) and testify in support of the proposed historic districts. While the hearing starts at 7:00 p.m. there are a number of other items on the agenda so if you cannot make it right at the beginning that should be fine. If we learn more about the timing we will share that with you.
- If you are going to testify at the hearing be sure to tell the Community Board that:
You strongly support the designation of these two historic districts in the East Village as a means to protect and recognize the neighborhood's invaluable historic resources.
The East Village is one of New York's most historically rich and diverse areas, yet it is woefully underrepresented in landmark designations. This area deserves to be recognized and protected, now.
Thank you for your support and if you plan to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org