David Schwimmer Buys Historical EV Townhouse, Demolishes It, Incurs Wrath of Villagers

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Looks like East Village residents aren't happy with their newest celebrity neighbor. The New York Post was able to confirm that David Schwimmer, one-time Friends star, is the owner of a historical East Village townhouse which was recently demolished to make way for a six-story mansion. As can be expected, fellow Sixth Street denizens are not pleased about it.

Schwimmer bought the building, at 331 E. 6th St., in 2010 for $4.1 million. Built in 1852, it was one of the oldest structures on the block.

Of course, old buildings are bought and sold and remodeled in the Village all the time. The area is hugely popular with students and celebrities, and developers and real estate agents know they can get more money for a nicer building.

What has Village residents upset about this particular building is the fact that it was slated to become a historical landmark by the end of 2012. According to the Post, the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission had notified Schwimmer on March 31 and May 27 in 2011 that the building was up for landmark status. Nevertheless, by the end of September, the entire structure had been demolished, leaving only a gaping hole.

Neighbors who spoke to the Post were less than pleased with the developments:

"All the new people are yuppie transients. If I see David Schwimmer on the street, I'll be sure to give him my two cents!" said Charlett Hobart, a retired independent contractor who has lived on the block for the past 37 years.

Schwimmer certainly isn't getting off on the right foot with his new community. However, if Schwimmer had waited for the building's status to be decided on, it's likely he would have had to abandon those dreams of an elevator and roof terrace. Hope it's worth the trouble, Ross.


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Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Yeah but Schwimmer may not understand nor have an appreciation for preservation and restoration - I feel it is an appreciation that must be acquired. 

With his lifestyle he may have never learnedthis kind of respect that is owed the community.

Demolish Phony "Landmarks"
Demolish Phony "Landmarks"

Speaking of obsolete buildings, Even Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg brags that NYC has not torn down 70 year old public housing. And the Landmarks commission has actually landmarked disgusting public housing.

My question is "Would Mike  Bloomberg move into 70 year old public housing that for some insane reason has been classified as a "landmark" ????

Answer....Nope. you could not PAY Mike Bloomberg to move into public housing.

Demolish Phony "Landmarks"
Demolish Phony "Landmarks"

Hats off to Schwimmer!!

I am glad he ruined the preservationists day, week, month and even their year, by demolishing the horrible obsolete  nondescript building in the East Village. Romanticizing obsolete buildings is not the way to go. NYC needs modern structures to attract and maintain the people of ALL income levels.

I do hope that the facade blends in with the neighborhood and is not something out of Architectural Digest or a Woody Allen movie from 1972.


I don't know what Mike Bloomberg would move into, but 70 years is not a long life for housing. My house is 200 years old. It's perfectly adequate.


Please move to Houston or Phoenix... You might appreciate the architecture there better

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