“Friends” star demolishes EV townhouse as LPC comes knocking

Former “Friends” star David Schwimmer skirted the Landmarks Preservation Commission and demolished an East Village townhouse he purchased just before it could be designated a landmark, the New York Post reported.

Schwimmer bought the five-story, circa-1852 townhouse at 331 East Sixth Street for $4.1 million in 2010. Twice in early 2011 the LPC sent him letters warning that the building could be landmarked by the end of 2012. Yet last September, four months after the second letter was sent, Schwimmer knocked down the home and has now begun work on a six-story replacement with an elevator and a rooftop terrace.

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Nearby residents are enraged with Schwimmer’s moves, saying he’s evading the LPC and destroying the neighborhood before he’s even moved in. The property sits two doors down from the Community Synagouge, a National Historic landmark. [Post]