Friday, February 4, 2011

35 in Scaffolding

Is 35 Cooper Square going to fall already? Just got these photos from 35's main activist, Sally Young: "Don't know what this means, but scaffolding is going up in front of #35."



"The permit they applied for is an Alteration 3, which is supposed to be minor (facade work). It is also apparently a round-a-bout way to get a demolition permit more easily."

13 comments:

Bowery Boogie said...

Not good.

esquared said...

but one week dead: nay, not so much, not one

fie on't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden,that grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
possess it merely. that it should come to this!


frailty, thy name is gentrification!

Goggla said...

I hope this doesn't follow the fate of that other small building next-door that 'accidentally' fell down while the foundation for the hotel was being dug.

JStandish said...

This is a truly sad occasion that despite the pleas of the community, elected representatives, community groups and NYU students this building will disappear. 35 Cooper Square is a historical anchor in the Cooper Square area. The LPC has landmarked other Federal-style houses with extensive renovations, why not this one? The crushed brownstone stucco facade was applied in the 19th century, but all the other wonderful elements of a Federal house are in place. We are losing too many of these wonderful little houses.

-------m said...

TO CHAIRMAN TIERNEY OF THE LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMM... TO DO NOTHING IS A HOSTILE ACT AGAINST THE PEOPLE..........

David Freeland said...

Indeed a bad sign - does anybody know if the restaurant in the ground floor space is still operating? Has it been served notice yet?

Jeremiah Moss said...

David, they closed in the past week. owners are moving fast. which often happens when people are trying to landmark.

Morgan Tsvangirai said...

How fast could they theoretically move and can any city agency put a stop to it before something happens? I assume the process for landmarking is a long one.

Anonymous said...

That sucks!

Sidewalk Sam said...

Overnight tear-downs are quite common, with or without the proper permitting. Numerous examples and not only in NYC. The oldest building in Chicago met the same fate a couple decades back. I think at this point, nothing short of live bodies chained to this one is going to save it, unless there's some behind-the-scenes negotiating we don't know about.

Anybody got a spare $10 million? Wish I was kidding.

Bowery Boy said...

Who's designing whatever is supposed to go there??? Maybe we can convince the architect that incorporating this old building into the design for something new would be the best act of karma ever.

Someone please post the contact information for the new owners. I'll throw myself at their feet and offer them the undying love of the neighborhood, future community approval support, and unnamed sexual favors, if they keep this lil' gem as a welcome center, bowery museum or any kind of tribute to the history and legacy of Cooper Sq. ... or a restaurant... anything, just don't tear down the last of Bowery Village (yes, there once was a Bowery Village).

Am I dreaming? And who knows anything about that damn sink hole?

Anonymous said...

i did not read the post. but it looks like i may not reconize NYC after 2 years. downtown east will be very strange. i grew up in NY, but always get lost & regain direction by the buildings, landmarks, stores, signs. it looks like a boring visual.

RKChin said...

> Bowery Boy said...
> Who's designing whatever is
> supposed to go there??? Maybe we
> can convince the architect that
> incorporating this old building
> into the design for something new
> would be the best act of karma
> ever.

interesting that next door (25 cooper) is the cooper square hotel whose developers were persuaded into incorporating an old tenement building into the design of the hotel.