East Village Historic District Celebrated

October 9, 2012 Updated: October 10, 2012

NEW YORK—An East Village preservation group is celebrating the designation of the southwestern portion of the area as a historic district.

“Landmark designation will go a long way toward ensuring that historic buildings are preserved, while allowing necessary changes and reasonable in-character additions and new development,” the Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation stated in a webpost.

The district, which is bordered by Bowery Street, Avenue A, St. Mark’s Place and Second Street, includes 330 buildings, including Congregation Mezritch Synagogue, the last remaining tenement synagogue in the village, and 101 Avenue A, a 19th century tenement where labor rallies were often held in the past.

“The intact streetscapes of five- and six-story tenement buildings, along with the earlier row houses and related institutional buildings, help tell the story of immigrant life in 19th- and 20th-century Manhattan and give the neighborhood a distinct sense of place,” states the city’s Landmarks Commission in a document. Development of the area began in earnest in the 1830s.

The new historic district lies to the east of the recently approved New York University expansion near Washington Square.

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