Ever since the Department of Education posted a Request for Expressions of Interest in three public school sites late this fall—seeking proposals for three “prime development sites” that included PS 199 on West 70th Street—the local community has risen up in protest.
As with other such sites, it’s almost certain that no matter what developer the city selects, the plan will involve a luxury condo tower on the 99,000 square-foot site with a replacement school on the tower’s lower levels.
New York is an old city filled with people who want new things. This leads, as one might expect, to endless problems, conflicts, debates, sometimes even altercations. We want to keep old things, but we also want new things, and new things often mean getting rid of old things, or at least changing old things. And when is change not fraught? Change is always fraught. It’s so complicated and fraught and terrifying that totally reasonable people who want totally reasonable things can end up in completely ridiculous debates. For example, the Dumbo cobblestone kerfuffle, a conflict that centers on whether the city should replace, as The New York Times put it, old cobblestones with old-looking cobblestones.
Basically, the city wants to tear out the charming, historic, but kind of hard to traverse cobblestones in Dumbo and Vinegar Hill. Not being totally insensitive to the unique charms of historic cobblestone (and the heightened real estate values that come with the ankle-twisting ground cover)—as well as being somewhat cognizant of the public relations nightmare of replacing historic Belgian cobblestones with common asphalt—the city has offered some more aesthetically replacing road cover: artificially-aged new cobblestones.
The Bloomberg administration is turning its historic preservation scope to mid-Brooklyn.
On Tuesday, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is scheduled to start the designation process for two new historic districts: a 13-building set in Prospect Heights (the Park Place historic district) and a 55-building district near Fort Greene/Clinton Hill (the Wallabout historic district).
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Looks like the Soho Historic District is expanding.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission put the Soho historic district on its agenda for Tuesday, a sign that the agency is ready to expand the boundaries of the cast-iron historic district, extending building and development restrictions a bit to the east and west Read More