Endangered: The Lower East Side
The National Trust for Historic Preservation issued its annual 11 Most Endangered list today, and prominent on the list is the Lower East Side (you may recall that last year's featured the Brooklyn waterfront prominently). In its nomination, the Trust notes:
[This] legendary neighborhood—the first home for waves of immigrants since the 18th century—is now undergoing rapid development. New hotels and condominium towers are being erected across the area, looming large over the original tenement streetscape. As this building trend shows no sign of abating, it threatens to erode the fabric of the community and wipe away the collective memory of generations of immigrant families.
Also of note is the strong support expressed by Kate Daly, Executive Director at LPC, encouraging more support for preservation of this neighborhood.