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TERRIBLE NEWS: LPC declines Eastern Dispensary

Although Community Board 3 voted to support designation of the Eastern Dispensary, 75 Essex Street, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has declined to consider it.

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission has declined to consider the Eastern Dispensary, 75 Essex Street, despite its status as a lone survivor to be surrounded by the Essex Crossing Development, unique architecture, rich history, and significant social importance. The building has now been listed for sale at $30 million! Not too surprising, the listing broker is Jan Sasson, who testified against landmarking at the Community Board.

Loft building for sale on Lower East Side, delivered Vacant.Free-standing, corner building has off-street parking and air rights. 20-foot ceilings and basement with 14-foot ceilings. Development Opportunity . The building will be delivered vacant. There is an additional 19000 approx buildable square footage making this a developers dream.Building is step from subway stop and in the heart of the Lower East Side.

For more information see our Eastern Dispensary Page.

Sad News Suspended

Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Hardship

The Leadership of Beth Hamedrash Hagodol, the historic synagogue at 60 Norfolk Street, have asked the Landmarks Preservation Commission to suspend their application for a hardship determination while they seek alternatives to demolition.

Read more about this suspension in The Lo-Down.

Beth Hamedrash Hagodol was declared a city landmark in 1967. In recent years, fire, water damage and, especially, a failure to maintain the building have all contributed to the building’s degradation. There is more information about the landmarked synagogue here.

We cannot end our efforts to save this historic structure until the hardship application is withdrawn and a suitable partner is found to save the synagogue. To sign an electronic petition, please click here.


Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law.


Teeming Tenements Transformed: A Lower East Side Walking Tour
Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Rain Date Saturday, May 17).
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