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35 Cooper Square: Rebutting the Landmarks Commission | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
At today's meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Mary Beth Betts (the LPC's head of research) gave a presentation on the criteria used in deciding which Federal houses are worthy of landmarking. As just about everyone on the Lower East Side knows by now, the Commission has refused to offer protection to 35 Cooper Square, which is in danger of being demolished. During the presentation, Betts reiterated the LPC's position that the 1827 house lacks necessary historic details and original building materials to qualify for protection. Community activists, of course, disagree. They'll likely be on hand tonight when Community Board 3 passes a resolution in support of preservation. One of those testifying before CB3's landmarks committee earlier this month was Kerri Culhane, an historian working with the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors. In preparation for an application to the State of New York requesting historic designation for the Bowery,