City Approves Demo of “Landmark Eligible” East Village Buildings

112-120 East 11th Street

The City has approved demolition of five late 19th century Beaux-Arts style buildings at 112-120 East 11th Street (3rd/4th Avenues) which in 2008 it had determined “landmark-eligible.” Worse, GVSHP and allied preservation groups, aware that plans were afoot to develop the site, reached out to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) two months ago to make them aware of the plans. We urged the Commission to consider historic district designation for these and surrounding historic buildings, providing them with detailed research and arguments for their significance, and reminded them that in 2008 they themselves determined these buildings eligible for landmark designation as part of the environmental analysis for the 2008 East Village rezoning.

Frustratingly, the LPC refused to act, not even responding to the request. On Friday, the City approved the application for demolition permits for the buildings, which are set to be replaced by a 300-room hotel. The failure of the LPC – an agency of the Mayor — to even consider these buildings for designation is confounding and profoundly disappointing. Read more at DNAinfo, EVGrieve, Patch and Curbed.

As disturbing as this failure and the planned hotel is, it’s worth remembering that this could have been worse. In 2010 we successfully fought for a rezoning of the Third and Fourth Avenue corridors which eliminated the prior incentive for dorm construction in the area, and capped the height of new buildings, which previously rose as high as 260 feet. New height limits, while not nearly as restrictive as we would have liked, allow construction here to rise to no more than 85 feet on the streetwall and 120 feet after setbacks.

GVSHP will be closely monitoring development plans as they move ahead on this site to ensure that all work conforms to required rules. We are also working closely with fellow East Village and preservation groups to advance proposals for expanded landmark protections in the East Village, to preserve this neighborhood’s rich history and sense of place.

Mayor Supports Developer’s East Houston Street Rezoning, Continues to Block Community-Supported University Place/Broadway Rezoning

Planned development at 255 East Houston Street

GVSHP testified today at the City Council in opposition to a developer-requested rezoning on East Houston Street, which is strongly opposed by the local community, community board, local Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. The rezoning plan was recently approved by the City Planning Commission, which is controlled by the Mayor. The rezoning would facilitate a developer’s plans to replace the former home of a much-needed city-subsidized child care facility with a high-rise condo with commercial space in the ground floor. The rezoning still needs the approval of the City Council.

There are many reasons why approvals should not be granted for this rezoning, which is supported only by the developer and the lobbying firm of Capalino + Co., which they hired to secure the approvals. There are serious tenant-harassment allegations against the developer.

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Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.”

These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard. Why is it that New York had such a violent past? What drove these people to a life of crime? This is the story of a broken and corrupt system and the clever individuals smart enough to exploit it.

On this walking tour, we’ll explore Lower Manhattan where we’ll discuss the evolution of orphan street gangs into the mafia, con men and bank robbers so rich they rubbed elbows with the Vanderbilts, gun fights that would make the Wild West blush and the politicians that encouraged it. We’ll visit the old Five Points District, Chinatown, the Bowery and of course the Lower East Side. Let us show you how New York’s crime history began.

ticketed event: Sat Aug. 13th 11am-1pm ticket prices: $15.00-$25.00

Corner of Centre & Chambers Sts

Centre Street and Chambers Street
New York, NY

Electronic ticketing though Big Maven

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Sunday, August 14 (and Second Sunday of the Month: September 11, October 9, November 13)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho

Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets. Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech. On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
$10, FREE for Members.

NOTE: Tours are one hour and begin promptly.
Limited to 20 people (first come, first served). No reservations.
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.…

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from Time Out New York:

Ruins of an 1895 Broadway theatre found under Toys R Us in Times Square

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Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m., 1:15–2:30 p.m., or 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Preregistration Required
On a walk through the Herb Garden, discover the colorful history of this maligned spirit—from sordid tales of the past to its myth-busting recent revival. See, smell, and touch the plants that flavor this herbal concoction, and afterward, sample a local distiller’s absinthe served in the classic fashion.$30 member; $32 nonmember. (Fee includes $7 materials charge.)

Note: Must be 21+ to attend.

Section A: Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
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Section B: Saturday, August 1, 2015 | 1:15–2:30 p.m.
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Section C: Saturday, August 1, 2015 | 1:15–2:30 p.m.
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Walk the garden where American Author and humorist Mark Twain, world-famous Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, and President Theodore Roosevelt once lived.

Tour the oldest house in The Bronx, which served as the temporary headquarters of General George Washington.

Visit a fieldstone farmhouse that was the site of six skirmishes between American troops and British forces.

See where American writer Edgar Allan Poe penned some of his most memorable works.

Experience a 19th century estate located in the largest park in New York City.

Take a trolley tour of historic homes and gardens of The Bronx!

Trolley makes a quick “light lunch” stop at Arthur Avenue, the Real Little Italy!

Tickets $50 online through BigMaven

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Only love can save us now…

Saturday, August 20th, Les Salonnieres throws a Valentine’s Day party, not on Valentine’s Day! (Yeah, that’s right.)

Imagine you’ve traveled back in time, to the birth of the ‘70s, where colorful and mysterious creatures of the night commandeer the city streets after dark. To honor this age of Edie and Warhol, we’re not even going to give you the address; we’re going to make you wander. But don’t worry. Your secret admirer will be on-hand to slip you a helpful clue. With a kiss on the cheek, the journey begins.

Your mini adventure leads to an imposing industrial space in Greenpoint, where you’ll “break in” to join the party of the decade.

Amidst the grunge and mirrorballs, it’s all about the love. Our cast of roller girls and disco queens will keep you company as you indulge in scandalous party games, saucy dance-offs, and drop-dead sexy performances. All-inclusive cocktails will flow throughout the night, so leave your inhibitions at the door and bust out those Soul Train skills. Who knows? True love may be waiting on the dance floor.

If you want to come, purchase tickets soon. This event will sell out in advance.

Let the lovin’ begin.

Your Friends,

Amy Van DoranFilibuster NYC & Adam Aleksander Presents


Details & Where To Buy
Saturday Aug 20th at 9pm
Greenpoint, NY (Steps from the L Train)
Tickets are all-inclusive
($30 through August 16th; $35 in the days leading up to the event)

Event is open to 21+ only.
When
Where
Greenpoint – New York, NY – View Map

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From Untapped Cities: Historic East Village Food Tour (buy tickets online here)

On Sunday August 21st at 12pm, join James and Karla Murray, authors and photographers of the critically acclaimed books, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New YorkNew York Nights and Store Front II-A History Preserved on this walking and tasting tour of some of their favorite East Village food establishmentsDiscover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.

Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets suffers in the process.

On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukranian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade Italian mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of coffee, taste a hot Ukranian potato pierogi with toppings, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked Italian cannoli.

Enough food will be sampled so that for most people lunch afterwards is not needed.”…

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