On February 23,
Villagers mourn 35 Cooper Square in candlelight vigil. By Amy Zhang.
Members of the preservationist group, The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, gather around 35 Cooper Square to mourn the loss of the historic building with a candle-light vigil. The group had only days before been protesting the Landmark Preservation Committee’s refusal of landmark status to the beautifully bricked house due to it’s changes in exterior. According to the LPC it no longer maintained the character it once had and to preserve the building would eventually damage the admired brickwork. The building was once adorned with a gambrel roof, twin dormers and large end chimneys, had a ground-floor storefront with a brick arch and decorative cast-iron pilasters added around 1876. The crushed-brownstone stucco covering the Flemish-bond brick facade was likely added around the same time.
The developer has obtained a demolition permit and the building will be torn down later this year.
A popular watering hole for broke college students and near-by residents alike, the Asian Pub was to be the last tenant of this building. Many people adored this bar and even called it one of the most admirable bars in the heart of St. Marks. But, all things must come to an end – and it has already been reflected in Asian Pub’s yelp profile … “CLOSED”.
While the battle was lost, this group continues to show their opinions in a very emotionally dramatic way – and that is one way to keep the building alive.
An online petition to landmark the building, spearheaded by the Bowery Alliance for Neighbors, says the following:
It is one of the oldest Federal-style houses left on the Bowery, and the oldest building on Cooper Square. In addition to its architectural significance, its important historical and cultural associations range from a direct descendant of Peter Stuyvesant to the building’s much later habitation by Diane DiPrima, the most influential woman of the Beat Generation. This much-beloved little building has been both a significant participant and a surviving witness to New York City history for almost 200 years!