Preservation Issues

Application Rejected for 8-Story Hotel Near Historic Landmark

Merchant’s House Museum – 29 E 4th Street, East Village – Manhattan

September 2018

After opposition from the Conservancy and a host of colleagues, neighbors, and elected officials, the City Council rejected a developer’s zoning application for an 8-story hotel adjacent to the landmarked Merchant’s House Museum in the East Village. Prior to the Council vote on September 26, the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises heard public testimony in a packed session, leading the guards to remark that they had never seen such a large group attend a subcommittee hearing.

The Conservancy testified in opposition (read testimony here) because the developer’s proposed monitoring during construction would only be an alert to damage as it happened to the fragile historic fabric of the 1832 interiors and exterior. It would not protect the building. The developers could still move forward without the rezoning, but negotiations are underway to allow the hotel project on another nearby site that the developers own.