Manhattan's Lower East Side is recognized as America’s iconic immigrant neighborhood with unsurpassed architectural, historical and cultural significance to our city, state and nation. Its great variety of age-old tenements, institutional and commercial buildings not only enrich the streets with architecture based on human scale and beautifully crafted ornament, but have given the community and its residents a cohesive and stable environment with a strongly identifiable sense of history and place.
The only way to effectively preserve the historic streetscapes of this vital neighborhood is through New York City historic district designation. Therefore, we call upon the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark, without delay, the historically intact areas of the Lower East Side South of Delancey Street, as proposed by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side.
We are a grass roots organization dedicated to preserving the historic streetscapes of the Lower East Side, the East Village, Chinatown and Little Italy through the creation of historic districts. We want to expand on our success in the East Village but more urgently, there are no historic districts in the Lower East Side or Chinatown. We want to change that and urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to take action before more of the beautiful architecture that makes this area so special is completely obliterated by unregulated development.
Love walking the streets of the Lower East Side.
Find a vibrancy here not found elsewhere in New York City.
See tenement buildings as architectural treasures as well as historical monuments.
Live here and love the diverse mix of ethnicities.
Want to preserve the economic and creative dynamics that make this neighborhood so distinct.