Enforcement

Best of 2007: Brooklyn CM Bill De Blasio Supports Special Limited Height Restriction in Cobble Hill Historic District

An addition atop the former Independence Bank Building on the corner of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue in the Cobble Hill Historic District proposed by developer Two Trees caused quite a stir this year. After some design modifications, the LPC approved the proposal but the plan still required several zoning waivers from the City Planning [...]

Does Contextual Rezoning Actually Save The Neighborhood?

From Aaron Brashear, Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts.aaron@ccgreenwoodhts.com First the AIA’s questionable zoning text changes and now this… Just in from DOB’s “My Community” service: http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/PropertyProfileOverviewServlet?boro=3&houseno=187&street=23rd+Street&go2=+GO+&requestid=0 Just in under the 100-150 ft. commercial overlay (need to confirm this with DCP) from 4th Avenue, R8A zoning. And guess what? Current Applicant of Record: Henry RaduskyPhone: 718-259-1100Bricolage [...]

Following up – Wright and Wrong Choices for the Guggenheim.

From the New York Times City Room blog http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/guggenheim-will-remain-light-gray/ November 20, 2007, 1:32 pmAre Guggenheim’s True Colors Shining Through?By Sewell Chan The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will remain light gray. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission decided today that the Guggenheim should maintain the same off-white paint shade that it has had since 1992, [...]

Guggenheim Museum Color Choice Attracts Attention to Restoration Question

It might seem like a trivial issue, but at its heart – the notion of how to appropriately regulate a landmark is very serious business. How many buildings in historic districts have had replacement windows or bad siding for decades only to be restored to an appropriate condition later? From the New York Sun Guggenheim [...]

Greenwood Heights Construction Update

From Aaron Brashear, Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts.aaron@ccgreenwoodhts.com 614 7th Ave (aka the Minerva Building): full rescind of the BSA stopping SWO from Nov. 2005. While we’ll be glad to see the garbage and mosquito pit go in lieu of new housing, we are wary of our friends on the corner. After filing the original [...]

Cutting Off The Finger?

From Philip DePaolo, pdepaolo@nyc.rr.com Board of Standards and Appeals public hearing on 144 N. Eighth St. (a.k.a. the “Finger Building”). BSA offices (40 Rector St., between Washington Street and the West Side Highway, in Manhattan, sixth floor), Oct. 16, 10 am. Call (212) 788-8547 for information. In 2004, Mendel Brach and a partner, paid $7 [...]

Shout Out for HDC from Brownstoner

http://www.brownstoner.com/brownstoner/archives/2007/09/overlooking_und.php Big thanks to the folks at Brownstoner for their coverage of HDC’s newest issue of District Lines and its cover story on the danger of excavations to historic buildings. For the full issue, see http://www.hdc.org/districtlines.htm

First Legal Work in Sunnyside Gardens in a long time

From the Queens Tribune (would it kill them to get the facts straight?) First Facelift Approved For Sunnyside Gardens By MICHAEL CUSENZA After earning coveted landmark status in June, Sunnyside Gardens, one of only four Special Planned Community Preservation Districts in the City, is getting some work done. The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved [...]

Governor Endorses Crackdown on Abusive Architects

Spitzer Signs Bill To Crack Down On Submission of Fraudulent Building Plans to the CityGovernor Spitzer has signed into law Assembly Bill #7746 – an important component of Assemblymember Jim Brennan’s legislative package to improve regulation of construction and development – giving the Department of Buildings Commissioner the authority to refuse to accept plans from [...]

Update on DOB Doings in South Park Slope

From Aaron Brashear, Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts.aaron@ccgreenwoodhts.com Greetings all, A day late, but never a dollar short, here’s my synopsis of the great meeting we had at the DOB on Monday 7/16/07 with Comm. Mossad, his 2 Deputy Commissioners, head plan examiner, both community affairs liaisons and lead inspector manager. From the community were [...]

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