Court affirms dismissal of spot zoning claim

Lower Manhattan property owner claimed it was singled-out by down-zoning. In 2003, the City Council approved a South Street Seaport down-zoning that reduced the permitted height and mass of future development in a 10-block area of Lower Manhattan. Peck Slip Associates LLC., the owner of a surface parking lot at 250 Water Street, sued the City and City Council, claiming that the down-zoning made development impossible. It further claimed that the 2003 downzoning was inconsistent … <Read More>


Private right of action under Federal law rejected

Beachfront bungalow owner sued City agencies claiming violations of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act. Ankor Shacaf obtained permits to demolish four bungalows and construct four homes in Far Rockaway, Queens. Shacaf erected a fence around the construction site, which obstructed a private right-of-way to the beach. Neighbor Richard George, owner of a bungalow on Beach 26th Street in Far Rockaway, sued Buildings and City Planning, claiming that the agencies violated the Coastal Zone Management … <Read More>


New facade for 1887 residential building

New cladding and windows approved for Carnegie Hill Historic District home. Landmarks approved an application by the owner of 132 East 92nd Street to permit facade alterations and to construct a new garbage enclosure within the areaway. The neo-Regency-style residence, located in the Carnegie Hill Historic District, was originally built in 1887 as two separate rowhouses with a Queen Anne facade, but was redesigned and combined into a single structure in 1937-1938 by architect William … <Read More>


Central Park building to be refurbished

Work will give Rumsey Summer Stage Support Building a new roof, windows and interior. Landmarks issued a binding report approving the design for roof and window replacements to improve the Rumsey Summer Stage Support Building in Central Park, a scenic landmark. The work will improve the building’s appearance and help protect it from further disrepair.

The one-story building was constructed in 1936-1937 in the Rumsey Playfield, located near the East Drive and 72nd Street. Originally … <Read More>


New building approved on Water Street

Landmarks issues permit for new six-story building in South Street Seaport. 276 Water Street Development, LLC sought Landmarks’ approval to construct a new residential building at 276 Water Street, one of the only remaining vacant lots in the South Street Seaport Historic District. The 5,019- square-foot lot is located on the corner of Frankfort Street at the Historic District’s edge, directly across from the base of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Landmarks expressed concern over the original … <Read More>


Demolition of Brooklyn warehouse authorized

Purchase Building in Fulton Ferry Historic District, Brooklyn, to be demolished to make way for new Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Commission decides that Brooklyn Bridge sightline merits destruction of a building within a historic district. Landmarks held a hearing on February 21, 2006 on an application to demolish the Purchase Building, located at 11-85 Water Street in Brooklyn’s Fulton Ferry Historic District. The applicant, Brooklyn Bridge Development Corporation, was created to manage the development of Brooklyn … <Read More>