Landmarks Preservation Commission

Noble Lorimer Historic Block Association Requests Stay on Redevelopment at 111 Noble

Rendering of the Approved Plans for 111 Noble Street

When the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission approved redevelopment at 111 Noble Street, in early February, many Greenpoint residents were chagrined to hear that the LPC would allow a property well within the limits of the Greenpoint Historic district to be so distinctly altered. The approved plans call for a third floor and a penthouse to added to the existing structure, and an expansion on the back of the house.

Since the LPC made its decision, Members of the Noble Historic Block Association have been advocating for “for the restoration of and maintenance in scale of [the original building], a modest house on our landmarked block.” The group wrote in an email to Greenpointers, “The LPC’s recent approval for radical expansion of two additional floors plus elevator is, we fear, essentially going to result in demolition and rebuild. Not only are we concerned about this happening to this property, but also we’ve continued to voice our concern that it creates a precedent (or adds to a trend) of the LPC permitting radical development rather than preservation within Landmarked areas.” Continue reading

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The Pool, East River and the West Coast — the Hook-up (2/2)

Union Pool via Bedford and Bowery

It might be cold as we enter February, but memories of Union Pool have been keeping Brooklyn hot this week. An article recalling the halcyon days of the hipster hookup hotspot has had twitter all aflutter as New Yorkers share their stories of time spent at “The Boyfriend Store.”

If you’re fishing for more than a hookup, Greenpoint Fish and Lobster (114 Nassau Avenue) has your good catch right here. Through May, they’ll be stocking West Coast Albacore Tuna, a fish so special  that the vast majority of it is shipped to Japan for sushi. 

But, if the west coast doesn’t do it for you, and you’d rather keep watch on the waters closer to home, turn your sites to the East River, where waterfront real estate remains as hot as ever. This week, permits have been filed for 30 Kent Street, an 11 story, 80-unit, rental building adjacent to Transmitter Park.  Continue reading

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The Hist List: Every Official Historic Landmark in Greenpoint

Behold, the map! Via the Landmarks Preservation Commission
Behold, the map! Via the Landmarks Preservation Commission

Do you want to know about the extraordinary history all around you? (Yes!!) Well you’re in luck. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has just released a revamped version of its interactive landmarks map!!!

If you’re ready for a deep dive, this might be the best city for it, since the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is the largest municipal preservation agency in the nation. The LPC recognizes individual landmarks, interior landmarks, scenic landmarks and historic districts, designating sites based on historic, architectural and cultural significance. The map includes information, photographs, and historic designation reports for all 36,000 buildings and sites which the organization has landmarked since its inception in 1965.

You can search for landmarks by category, address or area; by style, architect, building type or era of construction. I popped in Greenpoint, and discovered we have 10 designations, including individual landmarks and historic districts. So without further ado, I give you, The Hist List: Every Historic Landmark in Greenpoint!  Continue reading

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