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Community Rallies to Save 35 Cooper Square

Thumbnail - 35 Cooper Square - Photo by Flick4Jazz

Neighborhood groups are rallying to save 35 Cooper Square from meeting the same fate as its neighbors, which were demolished to make way for the 21-story Cooper Square Hotel. Originally built in the early 19th century as a residence, it is one of the oldest houses on the Bowery. This federal-style structure was altered in the 1870s to include a brownstone storefront, reflecting the change in neighborhood character from prominent residential to commercial.

Throughout the 20th century, 35 Cooper was known to be home to artists such as the painter and photographer J. Forrest Vey and Beat Generation poet Diane DiPrima. The building was part of the 35-39 Cooper Square site that was sold late last year for a reported $8.5 million. The Asian Pub, now located in the building, will soon close its doors to make room for plans community groups fear will most likely include this historic building’s destruction.