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PETITION TO SAVE THE BOWERY FROM OVER DEVELOPMENT

The Bowery, which comes from the Dutch word bouwerij for farm, has always been significant in New York City history. Before the Dutch settled here, in the 1600's, this was a Native American trail. By the end of the 18th century the Bowery was lined with fashionable shops and mansions, which later became Restaurant Supply, and Lighting Districts.

With its neighboring Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side immigrant communities, this is one of the most culturally and historically diverse regions of the City. The Bowery remains one of the last true north/south running streets in New York City.

This rich history is being systematically eradicated, by unprecedented development. The low-rise character of the Bowery is being replaced by high-rise dormitories, boutique hotels and luxury buildings, which are out-of-scale with the rest of the residential community, including the historic NOHO District.

In addition to preservation issues, this development will have a horrendous effect on the quality of life for community residents - more noise, traffic, sidewalk and street congestion, air pollution, bars, clubs, etc. What was a commercial daytime shopping strip is quickly turning into a raucous nightlife district.

Most of the development is as-of-right, meaning that it does not require a special permit or variance. Developers are simply taking advantage of existing zoning bonuses and the transfer of air rights, therefore environmental studies are not required.


We respectfully request that:

1.The Department of City Planning include the Bowery in the current 197C Plan being drafted for the Lower East Side.

2.The Department of City Planning and City Council pass immediate legislation to ensure that this as of right development does not continue.

3.The Department of City Planning perform an Environmental Impact Study and take measures to mitigate the negative impact of this development on our community.

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    How are all the additional people going to commute? The trains are filled beyond capacity and the streets are already at gridlock. Who's doing the thinking here? There has to be more to be considered than just bigger and more... Our city was one of the mo
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    Address 212 Forsyth Street, NYC, NY 10002 America is the only country to destroy it's historical places, in the misguided name of progress.
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New York City Council, New York Department of City Planning

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