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Revealed: East Village Dorm That Replaced Historic Row House

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[Photo via Bowery Boogie]

It's been a long time coming, but the glassy dorm building at 35 Cooper Square has finally been revealed, now that much of the exterior scaffolding has come down. Surprise, surprise, it's just as ugly and depressing as everyone expected.

The 13-story dorm (which will will house students from Marymount Manhattan College) replaces a Federal-style row house built in 1825. The original house was torn down four years ago by developer Arun Bhatia, despite the best efforts of local preservationists, who pointed to the building's undeniably historic nature and rallied to rescue the building from demolition for months.

35 Coop was built by Nicholas William Stuyvesant, great-grandson of Peter Stuyvesant, and in the words of architectural historian Kerri Culhane, the 185-year-old building was "among the first ever built on this new road—the Bowery spur of Third Avenue," which made it "an artifact of the most significant urbanization effort of New York, which left us with the grid system that now blankets the island."

[Photo via Bowery Boogie]

[Postcards via EV Grieve]

· The Federal-Style Row House at 35 Cooper Square was Razed for this Crappy Dorm [Bowery Boogie]
· The Significance of 35 Cooper Square [NYT]
· All 35 Cooper Square coverage [Curbed]

35 Cooper Square

35 Cooper Square, New York, NY