Pearl Street Updates: What Will Be Left?

From The Committee for the Preservation of Historic Pearl [email protected]:// Update – 11/05/07213 Pearl StreetDemolition is expected to begin on Tues. Nov. 6th at 213 Pearl Street, though a detail in the permitting process for the project may postpone the work. It does not appear that owner, The Lam Group will plan to rebuild the […]

213 Pearl Street; Still Coming Down?,0,5612832.story amNY.comHistorians fight to save city buildingThe Associated Press November 5, 2007 NEW YORK (AP) — Historians are trying to save a Manhattan building that is “a rare surviving relic” of New York’s 19th-century world trade center that is to be demolished to make way for a new hotel. The Greek Revival warehouse is in […]

More Demolition on Pearl Street

From Alan Solomon, [email protected]:// NEW YORK’S HISTORIC TRADE CENTER TARGETED FOR DEMOLITION 213 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan, an 1831 Greek revival warehouse, is targeted for demolition. According to historians, it is the last structure from New York’s first world trade district. The five-story brick and granite building had survived alongside two additional warehouses of […]

No Action, But Many Questions at Community Meeting on Congregation Shearith Israel's Development Plans

Community Board 7 (CB7) did not vote at last night’s “informational” meeting, a misnomer since more questions than answers emerged about Congregation Shearith Israel’s (CSI’s) plans to build a 105′-tall building, including five floors of luxury condos stacked on top of a new community house, on the low-rise, brownstone-scale midblock of West 70th Street. No […]

Congregation Shearith Israel Back at CB 7

Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) wants to erect a 105’-tall luxury condo building behind its Landmark synagogue on West 70th Street, in the heart of the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District. The proposed building is more than twice the height of the brownstones that define this historic block. Such an out-of-place building requires at […]

Bedell House for Sale By Owner

From the Staten Island Advance Controversial Bedell House up for sale; Asking price is $1.1Mby Staten Island AdvanceSunday September 23, 2007, 10:08 PM A Tottenville house that was nearly destroyed by its angry owner before being resuscitated through city landmarking is up for sale for $1.1 million. The landmark Bedell House on Amboy Road was […]

Meanwhile, Uptown at the Spanish-Portugese Synagogue

A Classical Gem Off Central Park WestAbroad in New YorkBY FRANCIS MORRONESeptember 20, 2007URL: In the hot Manhattan real estate market, nonprofit institutions are seeking to increase revenues by exploiting air rights. One high-profile example is Congregation Shearith Israel on the Upper West Side, which hopes the city will grant permission to allow for […]

Eminent Domain Continues on Duffield Street

Down on DuffieldBy Ariella CohenThe Brooklyn Paper One resident hopes to save home All she wants is a meeting with Mr. Mayor. Homeowner Joy Chatel believes that she could, if given the chance, convince Mayor Bloomberg to abandon a longstanding plan to raze her Duffield Street home — a wood-frame structure that many historians believe […]

Austin Nichols Rising?

photo from the Gowanus Lounge. The Gowanus Lounge: Work Underway at 184 Kent This might be one of those pulling “victory from the jaws of defeat” stories. The new owners are interested in getting historic restoration tax credits and are working with the State Historic Preservation Office on this project. The devil is in the […]

More on Commemorating Abolition – not Saving Buildings

City now seeks ‘Railroad’ tiesBy Dana RubinsteinThe Brooklyn Paper Oh the irony: After spending more than two years preparing for the demolition of Duffield Street homes that many believe were stations on the Underground Railroad, the Bloomberg Administration now says it wants to “to commemorate abolitionist activity that occurred in Brooklyn in the 1800s.” Bloomberg […]