After six grueling years of consideration, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has finally decided to approve the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District. This means that over 300 historic buildings throughout lower Manhattan, some that have remained close to untouched since the 1930s, will be protected from change and demolition. The huge expanse of included city streets includes 101 Avenue A, a tenement building from 1876, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection on 2nd street from 1891, and two federal-style rowhouses dating back to the 1820s. Now all the new district needs is a clever acronym nickname.
The district’s biggest support has been the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, which has championed the protection of some of New York’s oldest buildings and sites throughout the downtown area. The Society and Landmarks Preservation Commission called the district “the culturally richest area in New York City” and “synonymous with the American immigrant experience.” So next time you walk through lower Manhattan and gawk at the latest modern high rise condos, be sure to also keep an eye out for these historic buildings, as they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.