Not every building alteration is noteworthy, but when one in the city’s first historic district goes before the full Landmarks Preservation Commission and includes the restoration of a stoop, we’ll try to tell that story. Such is the case at 36 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, where new work would take it from four apartments to single-family use.
Ground has recently been broken to transform Pier 3, located within Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights, into a functional park. Pier 3 represents the last portion of the Brooklyn Bridge Park project. It will feature a large lawn, a playground, walking paths, vegetation, and a plaza, according to a rendering released by Curbed NY. This portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park is estimated to cost $26 million and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates is the landscape architect.
Jonathan Rose Companies has finished knocking down a nine-story office building and a four-story residential one at 146 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights, where they’re planning a 19-story, mixed-use tower. Tectonic recently swung by the site between Clinton Street and Cadman Plaza West and sent along this shot of the demolition progress.
A Brooklyn Heights building possibly dating back to the administration of President Andrew Jackson can now get a welcome renovation. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal for work on 152 Henry Street.
A rowhouse in the city’s first historic district will be getting some welcome renovations, but it will also be losing a quirk it picked up sometime after its construction. The public is not nuts about that loss, and it led the Landmarks Preservation Commission to end up with a somewhat rare non-unanimous vote.