Designated October 9, 2012
East Village/Lower East Side Historic District consists of approximately 325 buildings located along Second Avenue and the adjacent side streets between East 2nd and East 7th Streets. Development in this area began in earnest during the 1830s, as single-family homes were built along 2nd Avenue.
As the influx of immigrants increased by the 1850s the neighborhood changed and many ‘pre-law’ tenements were built. The area became known as Kleindeutschland ‘little-Germany’ due to the large Germany population. By the 1890s the Germany population had relocated and it residences began referring to it as the Lower East Side. The neighborhood today has the remnants of its many reincarnations and occupants including Germans, Jews, Hispanic and several others.
STATUS Designated Historic District
“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”
Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”
Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”
Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society