The New York Times reports that the Lower East Side neighborhood has been designated as “endangered” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust observes:
The community, with little recourse for protection, is reeling from the recent destruction of its cultural heritage, including the defacing of several historic structures and the loss of First Roumanian Synagogue. Slapdash and haphazard renovations have led to the destruction of architectural detail, while modern additions to historic buildings sharply contrast with the neighborhood’s scale and character. In 2007, permits were approved for the full demolition of 11 buildings on the Lower East Side, compared with just one in 2006.
The National Trust web site includes links and information for New York residents to contact the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to tell them that you support historic designation status.
And, here’s an item from The Villager, which reports on efforts by neighborhood preservationists to designate an historic district within the neighborhood.