The city’s landmarks commission has granted landmark status for Manida Street’s 800 block, recognizing the block’s unique character as an architectural gem that accompanied Hunts Point’s early 20th century transition into a residential neighborhood.
“I am so pleased that New York City’s 150th Historic District is the Manida Street Historic District” said Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll during the June 23 virtual meeting.
“As Chair I have committed to ensuring that the Commission prioritize designations in areas of the city less represented by landmarks, like the South Bronx, Carroll said. “This gem of a district is not only a reminder of the early-20th century residential development of the South Bronx, but also reflects this community’s long-term commitment to their neighborhood.”
Manida Street homeowner Maria Torres, who helped lead the landmarking effort, on her Facebook page called the decision “a victory against real estate speculators who were targeting all the seniors on our block and salivating over the possibility of putting up R6 housing”–multistory apartment buildings.
At the commission’s May meeting, which was also held virtually, numerous residents past and present of the block spoke in favor of landmarking. Only one, a Queens resident who works for a real estate firm and owns one building on the block, spoke against it.