Rutgers Houses

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Rutgers Houses, also known as Henry Rutgers Houses, is a public housing development built and maintained by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 40°42′43″N 73°59′28″W / 40.711852°N 73.991001°W / 40.711852; -73.991001Coordinates: 40°42′43″N 73°59′28″W / 40.711852°N 73.991001°W / 40.711852; -73.991001.[1] The development is named after Henry Rutgers (1745–1830), a captain in the American Revolutionary War and a major landowner and philanthropist who was the last descendant of Dutch immigrants.[1] Henry Rutgers' farm, the "Bouwery", made up most of the Lower East Side around Chinatown, and later gave large sections of his farm to churches.[1] Rutgers Houses sits where part of his farm was.[1]

Rutgers Houses is composed of five 20 story buildings on 5.22 acres (21,100 m2), with 721 apartments housing approximately 1,675 people.[1] The complex is bordered by Madison Street to the north, Rutgers Street to the east, Cherry Street to the south, and Pike Street to the west.[1] Hart, Jerman & Associates were the architects who designed the complex.[2]

Rutgers Houses was completed March 31, 1965.[1] Pelham Street, which ran between Pike Street and Rutgers Street, was taken off maps of the area about 1960 for the construction of the development.[3]

Michael Steele is serving as the Resident Association President for Rutgers Houses and as the Treasurer of the Manhattan South District Citywide Council of Presidents.[4]

In the winter of 2007, Rutgers House V served as a "warming center", a warm place where people without heat can stay for short periods of time.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Rutgers Houses". NYCHA Housing Developments. New York: New York City Housing Authority. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Henry Rutgers Houses, New York City". Emporis.com. Emporis Corporation. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Tauber, Gilbert (2005). ""P" Streets of New York". Old Streets of New York. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Manhattan South District CCOP Office". Residents' Corner. New York: New York City Housing Authority. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nine New York City Warming Centers". nyc.gov. New York: City of New York. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rutgers Houses V, New York City, U.S.A.". Emporis. Emporis Corporation. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Solomont, Elizabeth (2007-02-07). "Chill Prompts Officials to Open Warming Shelters". The Sun (New York: TWO SL LLC). Retrieved 17 January 2010.