URGENT: Eastern Dispensary for Sale
Urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to calendar the Eastern Dispensary, 75 Essex Street, without delay.
We implore the Landmarks Preservation Commission to calendar — without delay — 75 Essex Street, the Former Good Samaritan/Eastern District Dispensary. Landmark designation has taken on an increased importance since November 7, 2013, when the property was advertised for sale as:
…..in a PRIME Lower East Side neighborhood TEEMING WITH NEW DEVELOPMENT, 75 ESSEX is a FREESTANDING building located literally across the street from the FJMZ train lines and the FABULOUS ESSEX STREET MARKET-a real neighborhood destination for both tourists as well as seasoned New Yorkers. This is a true DESTINATION LOCATION on The Lower East Side and the building has endless opportunities whether it be a fabulous and UNIQUE CONDO CONVERSION—akin to Nolita’s Candle Building and other area condominium conversions in high demand—or for use as an Office Building, Museum, Hotel, Movie Theater or any other of numerous possibilities.
In his article “Urgent Effort to Designate Lower East Side Good Samaritan/Eastern District Dispensary” a NYC Landmark, Samuel Gruber says:
The elegant Italianate structure is a work of architectural note, but also an important landmark of social and cultural history – and especially early 20th century efforts to bring adequate health care to the urban immigrant and often indigent populations.
For more information see our Eastern Dispensary Page.
Federal House at 339 Grand Street Designated
On October 29, 2013, the Federal House at 339 Grand Street was designated as a New York City Landmark by a unanimous vote of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The Federal style corner row house was built c. 1831-32 by John Jacob Astor, who purchased this and five neighboring lots in 1807. Neighbors know it by its IDEAL HOSIERY shop on the first floor.
For more information, click here.
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.