Kurt Yalcin hasn’t been involved in demonstrations before, but the thought of losing an 186-year-old building where the “cheapest, strongest drinks around” are served is enough to bring out his inner activist. The CAS senior created the Facebook event “TAKE BACK (ASIAN PUB),” which already has nearly 200 students listed as attending, to promote the rally to preserve the building at 35 Cooper Square. The site was the former home to Diane DiPrima and current home to Cooper 35 Asian Pub, the cliché NYU hangout known to many NYU students (especially 3rd North residents) simply as “Asian.”
35 Cooper Square was sold for $8.5 million to developers in November, clearly frightening both sentimental locals and thirsty NYU students enough to take action.
The rally, spearheaded by the Bowery Alliance for Neighbors, will take place at 4:30 p.m. today in front of Asian Pub. BAN is circulating a petition encouraging landmark designation for the site, saying that it has “been both a significant participant and a surviving witness to New York City history for almost 200 years!”
Yalcin sees this as an opportunity for the NYU student body to join with the local community in a rare display of unity. “Students can ‘fight for the right to party,’” he told NYU Local, “while helping the neighborhood preserve a building which means so much.” Right on, man.
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UPDATE: Here are some photos from the rally: