264 East 7th Street is a 175-year-old house that faces an imminent threat of demolition.
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264 East 7th Street is a 175-year-old house that faces an imminent threat of demolition. It and its neighbors at 258 to 266 East 7th Street date to the earliest stage of development in the “Dry Dock District,” what was once the heart of New York City’s working waterfront. These houses have incredible intact historic architectural detail, and are the last remaining vestige of its size of this era of our city’s development. Additionally, they are remnants of what was once called “Political Row” in New York City, a collection of houses and other buildings that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries housed some of the most important figures and institutions of New York political life. It is unconscionable that the City would allow these to be destroyed. This rich history is why these buildings were identified by the LPC as part of a potential historic district in the 2008 East Village/Lower East Side Rezoning EIS, and precisely why we cannot afford to lose No. 264 to demolition.
The proposed demolition of No. 264 East 7th Street comes on the heels of news that DOB has approved permits to tear down 112-120 East 11th Street, a group of five Beaux Arts buildings that were deemed eligible to be included in the same historic district in 2008.
264 East 7th Street and 258-266 East 7th Street are a critical and integral part of the history and character of the East Village and of New York City. The City should keep its word, abide by its 2008 determination that they were eligible for historic district designation, and landmark these houses now and save them from destruction.
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