I wanted to share the wonderful news with you that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) just voted unanimously to landmark Westbeth, following through on a promise made seven years ago to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and other community groups working to extend landmark protections in the Far West Village.
This Monday, March 7 at 6:30 pm NYU will present its application for changes to the landmarked Silver Towers complex to the CB 2 Landmarks Committee. We understand that this will include plans for a new dog run and playground on the property, as well as changes to the lighting.
The City Council has just voted to approve the Far West Village and East Village (3rd and 4th Avenue corridors) rezonings we have been fighting to enact for years, which means they take immediate effect. These two rezonings will go a long way towards stemming the tide of inappropriate development in these two historic residential neighborhoods, and are a tremendous victory for community efforts in the face of stiff initial resistance from the city!
Supporters of landmark designation for the South Village packed the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Tuesday; among the scores of attendees thirty-seven people testified, virtually all in support of landmark designation, and nearly all joiningGVSHP in calling upon the Commission to move quickly on its proposed designation and to consider the remaining two-thirds of our proposed South Village Historic District as soon as possible.
The GVSHP gathered over 200 letters which we will deliver to Mayor Bloomberg, NYU President Sexton, local elected officials, community boards, and members of the NYU Community Task Force saying that NYU must abide by its commitments to seek locations outside of our neighborhood if it is to expand, and seek to re-use buildings rather than demolish them. We need to keep that momentum going!