There are 276 properties in Harlem that will now fall under the jurisdiction of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. On Tuesday, it designated the Mount Morris Park Historic District Extension. Put simply, the new historic district contains most of the blocks running from Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X. Boulevard until nearly Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, and from the south side of West 123rd Street to the south side of West 118th Street.
A modern five-story apartment building is about to replace a little two-story brick townhouse at 96 16th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues in South Slope.
A Crown Heights landmark is still in danger of falling apart and a proposal to save it met with concern, but not approval, from the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. The landmark in question is the George B. and Susan Elkins House at 1375 Dean Street. The current owner wants to convert the single-family structure to a four-family home, add glass enclosures on the sides, add skylights, change the attic, excavate in the cellar to give a higher ceiling height, and put on a glassy rear addition. It was the glass enclosures that really didn’t sit well with the commissioners.
Since the state re-opened applications the loft law in July, YIMBY has noticed a few filings from industrial landlords who want to legalize apartments in their illegally converted loft buildings. Yesterday we spotted one for 304 Boerum Street in East Williamsburg, where the owner is trying once again to get a new certificate of occupancy.
One of the few vacant lots left in prime Williamsburg is about to become an apartment building. New building applications were filed yesterday for a six-story, seven-unit development at 650 Metropolitan Avenue, only a block from the Lorimer stop on the L and G trains.