Recognize the above building? If you’re a certain kind of rock and roll fan, you might–the complex at 96 and 98 St. Mark’s Place graced the cover of Led Zeppelin’s classic 1978 double LP Physical Graffiti, and three years later, it was featured in the Rolling Stones’ video for “Waiting on a Friend.”
A new measure passed by New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission would ensure that 96/98 St. Mark’s, as well as dozens of other East Village and Lower East Side buildings with historical or cultural significance, would remain intact as the neighborhood changes and gentrifies. Yesterday, the commission voted in favor of creating the “East Village/Lower East Side Historic District,” which, if approved by the City Council, will prevent developers from tearing down or changing building exteriors between Avenue A and the Bowery and St. Mark’s and Second Street.
Supporters of the measure say it will go a long way toward preserving the neighborhood’s character, while some detractors argue that the official historic status will only increase the tide of gentrification.
A vote from the City Council is expected within the next few months.
(Photo: Wally Gobetz/Flickr)