The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to designate the Manida Street Historic District in Hunts Point on June 23.
Designed by architects James Meehan and Daube & Kreymborg, and built in 1908, the Manida Street Historic District is an example of the early-20th century development of Hunts Point, according to the LPC.
“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. “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. 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.”
Located between Lafayette Avenue and Garrison Avenue in Hunts Point, the Manida Street Historic District consists of 42 semi-detached row houses executed in a modest Renaissance Revival style, some combined with elements of the Flemish Revival style. The block is an impressive example of the early-20th century development that occurred in the neighborhood in response to transportation improvements and rapid industrialization.
Maria Torres, a resident of the block, is pleased the city recognizes the neighborhood’s importance.
“The homeowners and residents of Manida Street are thrilled to be recognized as NYC’s 150th historic district by the Landmarks Preservation Commission,” Torres said. “We thank the LPC and their staff for their attentiveness to our request and concerns. We also thank Councilman Salamanca and his staff for their responsiveness. We are truly proud of our block and the history behind our homes.”
The mid-20th century brought drastic economic and infrastructure changes that had devastating impacts on the south Bronx. However, Manida Street appears much as it did more than a century ago, with a strong sense of place and historic character distinct from its more industrial and commercial surroundings.
“The 800 block section of Manida Street dates back more than 100 years to the early 1900s, when the Hunts Point neighborhood was experiencing tremendous development and population growth,” stated Councilman Rafael Salamanca. “More than a century later, Manida Street has maintained a strong neighborhood context and connection to the historical nature of when the area was first developed. In a city that is ever-changing, Mandia Street serves as a link to the rich history of the south Bronx.”