Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Bowne House - when will it be fixed?
I enjoyed your post about the Mott House entitled, "How the Bloomberg administration destroyed an extremely important piece of Queens history." Queens is at the butt end of the LPC list of priorities.
However this has nothing to do with the LPC. It concerns one of the few Queens landmarks, the Bowne House a 17th century structure that you are probably familiar with.
The house is owned by the Parks department and has been closed to the public for about 10 years. You can only get inside by appointment.
This historic structure is home to Religious Freedom in the USA. Bowne allowed Quakers the use of his house for their worship, was banished to Holland and you know the rest of the history. If intense re-hab is not performed on this building soon it will rot away to nothing and be impossible to repair. Bloomberg and his minions again do not care.
Apparently the Parks department will not spend the money they have already alloted for repair of the landmark because they have more important matters to deal with such as spending $90 million on Manhattan's High Line park. Out of curiosity, has the parks dept erected the already paid for rest stations (toilets) in Little Bay Park?
As usual I enjoy your Blog. Keep it up!"