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Gansevoort Market Seeks 'Historic District' Status

30 July 2003

Gansevoort Market is a charming, historic, industrial-era area on the lower, western side of Manhattan island. Gansevoort Market is part of the meat-packing district, which is now a mixture of warehouses, trendy restaurants, and night clubs. It's claims to fame include amazing architecture, cobbled streets, and a tranquility not found elsewhere in Manhattan.

Gansevoort Market has been seeking 'Historic District' status with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. The LPC recently held a hearing on the issue and was attended by over 100 people supporting the designation of this status. In addition to the hearing, individuals have been writing to the LPC in support of protecting the area (See my letter below). Efforts are being co-ordinated by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation who have a page tracking the latest news here.


Below is a letter I wrote to the LCP -- Feel free to send them your own points of view:

Members of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor North New York, NY 10007

Dear LPC Commissioners:

I wanted to show a friend, who has only recently moved to the city, some of Manhattan's diversity and character, so this morning we strolled around the Gansevoort Market area.

The area is a living example of NYC's history and a microcosm of New York city life - It combines the gritty warehouses, the restaurants they supply as well as residential space. A true community.

The quiet cobbled streets provided respite from New York's regular hustle and bustle and the first warm sun of the Spring encouraged us to linger and enjoy the park spaces.

My worry is that without the benefit of the Historic District designation, Gansevoort Market would suffer as developers rip out the existing infrastructure and replace it with featureless office blocks and apartment complexes. Destroying not only the existing community but also erasing the historical significance of the area.

I strongly urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to pass this designation and preserve this unique part of Manhattan


Dave Goodwin


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