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Friday, June 25, 2010

Landmarking is a waste of time and money

Perspective: Landmarking became part of the city’s life after the 1963 destruction of Penn Station and consists of two varieties: individual buildings and neighborhoods. I have no problem with landmarking historically or architecturally significant buildings, nor do I oppose the making of small historical districts as was done around Gramercy Park or the original district in Carroll Gardens. I do oppose landmarking broad swashes of our neighborhoods, as evidenced by the proposed extensions of Park Slope’s and Carroll Gardens’s historic districts. Comments (1).

Landmarking preserves neighborhood feel

Perspective: In Brooklyn Heights, we regard landmarking as much more than the preservation of buildings. Yes, the Brooklyn Heights Historic District has some of the finest examples of 19th-century architecture in the city, but — corny as it may sound — it is the people living inside the beautiful brownstones who keep the community going. Comment.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Foes: New loft law will speed gentrification in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Gov. Paterson signed legislation on Monday to require illegally converted loft buildings to get up to code — a move that could make such residences safer, but at the same time could result in higher rents that will push out Williamsburg’s artists and the industries they live near. Comments (12).

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Levin leads anti-Domino charge

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A Williamsburg lawmaker slammed the Domino Sugar redevelopment plan as too big and too expensive for a neighborhood already burdened by packed subways and gentification. Comments (19).

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Lawsuit seeks end of Marty’s summer concerts

Development: But the borough president is defiant: the shows will go on! Comments (8).

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Boerum Hill downzone is movin’ on up

Boerum Hill: The city is inching ahead with a plan to rezone Boerum Hill, the last remaining neighborhood in the so-called “Brownstone belt” that has not gotten new restrictions for out-of-scale residential development. Comments (1).

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pier 1’s ‘danger domes’ are cordoned off

Meadows of Shame: The hot metal play domes that caused such a ruckus when they scalded children during the opening days of the Pier 1 section of Brooklyn Bridge Park earlier this month, have been placed off limits. Comments (1).