Lingering Pain

LPC Reacts Favorably to Proposal for New Pier 17 Building

  Although a formal vote was not taken, the Landmarks Preservation Commission agreed yesterday to permit the demolition of the 1985 Pier 17 Building and allow its replacement with a glassy new building by ShoP Architects. HDC opposed the proposal, stating that the building’s noted architect, Benjamin Thompson, made specific references to the South Street [...]

Parks Department Rationale for Its Demolition of Historic District in Staten Island

Behold the glory of the Parks Department’s plans to DEMOLISH a National Register-eligible Historic District on Staten Island, a borough not exactly rife with protected landmarks. There’s no way to pretty this up – the Parks Department is planning on demolishing 43 out of 50 historic structures in order to build a park that no [...]

Parks Meeting with Community Board on Cedar Grove Beach Club

11/17/11 7:00PM Staten Island Community Board 2 Sea View Hospital Lou Caravone Community Service Building, 460 Brielle Avenue, Parks will use CB#2 to follow up on their last Public Hearing on the Rehabilitation of Cedar Grove Beach. From Eleanor Dugan, former tenant at Cedar Grove (and HDC Grassroots Award winner): “There is of course NO [...]

Salt on the Wound

BROOKLYN SKATING RINK PUT ON ICE DOT PLAN MEANS MAJOR DELAYS FOR PROJECT By RICH CALDER August 14, 2008 A much-anticipated ice-skating rink planned for under the Brooklyn Bridge is on hold indefinitely because the city Department of Transportation plans to use the prime real estate for storage, officials confirmed yesterday. The 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge [...]

HDC’s Follow-Up on the St. Vincent’s Hospital Proposal

July 15, 2008 HDC would like to thank the Commission for continuing the Public Hearing and allowing for further public testimony on this very important, precedent setting matter. In its presentation on June 3rd, St. Vincent’s clearly stated their charitable purpose, their dedication to their mission, their importance in this community and the need to [...]

Two Voices on Admiral’s Row

presented with only a slight bias for emphasis, but unedited. Admiral’s Row: The Smackdown From the Brooklyn Papers Houses along the historic Admiral’s Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard have been decaying for years. Navy Yard officials want to tear them down, but preservationists are rallying to save them. The debate over whether to tear [...]

Green Church Still Holding On

‘Green Church’ sent back to drawing board By Ben Muessig The Brooklyn Paper The city shot down preliminary plans for a residential building at the site of Fourth Avenue’s soon-to-be-demolished “Green Church” — but the rejection didn’t deter church officials and builders from their controversial plan to level the 109-year-old house of worship to construct [...]

Purchase Building Gone

From the Brooklyn Papers Bridge “Park” Can Find No Purchase by Mike McLaughlin Demolition teams have made short work of the iconic Purchase Building beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to clear space for a piazza that will be part of the controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park project. The $300-plus-million parkland and condo project along the DUMBO and [...]

John McCain and Admiral’s Row?

This comes to us from one of our neighborhood constituents.  It seems that presumptive Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain has a personal connection with Brooklyn; his parents lived there. Margaret Skinner, 85, lives in the individually-landmarked Joseph Steele House on the southeast corner of Vanderbilt and Lafayette Avenues. Steele by the way was [...]

Admiral’s Row: A Few Truths, Part One

Well, HDC went to the Public Meeting and the Press Conference this evening about the Admiral’s Row Section 106 process – and we were shocked at the misinformation that’s being propagated by the “Tear These Buildings Down!” crowd.  Here are a few real facts about the process and the site to counter the misinformation:  - of [...]

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