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 […]

Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Development Returns

From Landmark West! (http://www.landmarkwest.org/): After more than a year of watching and waiting, Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) is back with its controversial plan to develop 5 stories of luxury condos on top of a new community house at 8 West 70th Street. Community Board 7’s Land Use Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss […]

Meanwhile, Uptown at the Spanish-Portugese Synagogue

A Classical Gem Off Central Park WestAbroad in New YorkBY FRANCIS MORRONESeptember 20, 2007URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/63075 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 […]

Development Looming Over the New-York Historical Society

From Landmark West!: This much is certain, whether it is this year, next year or 5 years from now, the Society intends to move forward with its “Phase 2” tower plan. Here is the question: When will the Society face the community, reveal its plans, and begin the dialogue it evaded in the first round? […]

Updates from Greenwich Village

from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, www.gvshp.org Trump ‘Condo-Hotel’: Papers have been filed with the New York City Department of Buildings challenging the legality of the permits granted by the City for construction of the 45-story Trump ‘Condo-Hotel’ at Spring and Varick Streets. GVSHP is working closely with the SoHo Alliance and other […]

Congregation Shearith Israel Update

From Landmark West! Wednesday, August 15, 2007, came and went. The significance? That was the deadline imposed by the Board of Standards and Appeals in their June 15, 2007, letter to Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI). “The Board desires to process applications on a timely basis and requests that applicants notify the Board if they are […]

Brooklyn Reaches for the Sky?

Lawrence St tower may top Williamsburgh BankBy Dana RubinsteinThe Brooklyn Paper The Williamsburgh Bank Building’s iconic clocktower would no longer be the borough’s tallest structure, if a big-time development company has its way. The Clarett Group, the firm behind the Forte condos in Fort Greene, submitted a proposal in June for a 51-story residential building […]

Shearith Israel Held over at Community Board

From Landmark West! Preservation Push-Back Against Condo Plan: Public Meeting on Congregation Shearith Israel Proposal Held Off Until September Back in June — nearly 3 months after submitting its application to develop a luxury condo building/community house at 8 West 70th Street to the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) — Congregation Shearith Israel seemed […]

GTS Approved (somewhat) by Community Board

From Chelsea Now C.B. 4 to Seminary: Ninth Ave. building still too…. By Albert Amateau Community Board 4 on Wednesday reaffirmed its response to the new plans for the General Theological Seminary’s proposed mixed-use seven-story building for Ninth Ave. and for a smaller academic building on 20th St. in the seminary’s Chelsea Sq. campus. In […]

Congregation Shearith Israel's Luxury Condo Plan is Back

From Landmark West! After a more than a year of watching and waiting, Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) is back with its controversial plan to develop 5 stories of luxury condos on top of a new community house at 8 West 70th Street. Community Board 7’s Land Use Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss […]