Paddy's Market Historic District
Clinton Housing Development Company (CHDC), a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to building and preserving affordable housing in Clinton/Hell's Kitchen, is proposing to nominate Paddy's Market, a stretch of Ninth Avenue that was once one of the best-known pushcart markets in Manhattan, to be listed as a historic district on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The proposed Historic District would include nine block fronts on either side of Ninth Avenue between West 35th and West 40th Streets and portions of surrounding blocks.
Paddy's Market was originally established around 1885 by Irish and German immigrant pushcart peddlers who lined the avenue with their wares. The market was a central feature of the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, supported and operated by those living in neighboring tenements, but also a destination within the greater New York City region. It lasted until 1938, when the city abolished the market in an effort to ease traffic congestion related to the newly constructed Lincoln Tunnel. In the decades after the market was closed, the name "Paddy's Market" came to refer to the stretch of international food stores and restaurants along Ninth Avenue in the area of the former market. Several legacy stores purveying food to the Clinton/Hell's Kitchen community remain to this day.
The District boundaries are inclusive of the Ninth Avenue corridor, primarily on the east side of the Avenue but also on the west side, as well as the intact collection of extant tenements and other buildings on the side streets, which are associated with the history of Paddy's Market.
The proposed District would include nearly 80 buildings, most of them mid-to-late nineteenth-century pre-law or old-law tenements. In many cases, their storefronts remain intact, even as they continue to house food stores and restaurants.
At the public meetings in October and November 2021, presentations will be made on the history of the district, the boundaries, and the various benefits related being listed on the National Register. A presentation was given in December 2020 to Manhattan Community Board 4, that meeting recording on YouTube can be accessed at: shorturl.at/sAIQX
Upcoming Community Informational Meetings
Please join us for a community meeting to discuss the proposal to create a National Register Historic District in Hells Kitchen, covering Ninth Avenue between West 35th and West 40th Streets and portions of surrounding blocks.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Held jointly with the Hudson Yards / Hell's Kitchen Alliance Business Improvement District
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For property owners who would like to learn about new opportunities provided by National Register listing.
Tuesday, November 17, 2021
Held jointly with
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Manhattan Community Board 4
For neighborhood residents, tenants, property owners, businesses, and community leaders who would like to learn about new opportunities provided by National Register listing.
What is the National Register?
Established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is the official list of historic properties that have been recognized as significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture. The Division for Historic Preservation of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (also known as the State Historic Preservation Office or SHPO) coordinates the National Register program in New York State as well as the parallel State Register program.
Properties can be listed in the National Register as individual buildings/structures or as historic districts. Districts are groupings of properties such as residential neighborhoods, commercial downtowns, and industrial complexes. District boundaries are drawn based on a number of factors, most importantly the history of the neighborhood and the historic integrity" (how intact the historic appearance is) of the buildings within the proposed boundaries.
Historic District Benefits
Tax Incentives: Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Access to New York City, State and Federal Grants & Loans
Identity & Branding for Economic Development
Does this mean I won't be able to make changes to my building?
Answer: National Register Historic Districts (NR) do not restrict what private property owners can do with their properties. In fact, as long as no state or federal funds or permits are being used, a property owner can alter or demolish a building listed on the National Register. National Register listing does not trigger local New York City Landmark designation.
However, listing on the NR does make privately owned properties eligible for federal and state Historic Preservation Tax Credits and/or below market loans for renovation. Properties owned by non-profits or municipalities can be eligible for grants. It also creates formal identity and branding for economic development.
For answers to frequently asked questions to owning a contributing property in a National Register historic district, visit this link: https://parks.ny.gov/documents/shpo/NRFrequentlyAskedQuestions.pdf