Yesterday, a permanent plaque was unveiled outside the former home and studio of Jean-Michel Basquiat at 57 Great Jones Street in Manhattan.
This week New York’s East Village went from having only two tiny historic districts (about a block long each) and a short list of individually landmarked sites to a much larger, newly approved historic district that covers a lot of ground, from the Bowery to Avenue A and from St. Mark’s Place down to East 2nd Street. The city’s Landmarks Commission approved the proposed East Village Historic District with only a few slight modifications.
Today in NYC news, the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society dropped a press release in our inbox this afternoon on the rezoning of the shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital site on Seventh Avenue between West 12 and 11 Street that could allow luxury condominiums to rise in its place.
On Tuesday, a partial victory was made in preserving a part of New York City history. The Landmarks Preservation Commission announced a new landmark district on East 10th Street between Avenues A and B, which is lined with single-family homes dating back to the 1840s. The only issue: Building 315 that, stands smack dab in the middle of the street, fell through the cracks.