City Council Denies Proposed Development Next to Merchant House Museum

Supporters of preserving the Merchant House Museum rejoice in victory, but the battle may not be over as future demolition and construction is possible. On September 26, 2018, the City Council voted to disapprove the application for a rezoning at 27 East 4th Street in Manhattan. The Application would have allowed for an 8-story, 28-room hotel or office building with a restaurant and lobby below the second floor, with approximately 17,141 square feet of … <Read More>

Proposed Commercial Tower Would Fill Odd-Shaped Lot at Lafayette and Great Jones Streets

Commissioners asked for further refinement to asymmetrical development composed of stacked rectangular forms. On July 12, 2016, the Landmarks Preservation Commission considered an application to develop a vacant lot at 363 Lafayette Street in the NoHo Historic District Extension. The lot extends the width of the block, also fronting Bond and Great Jones Streets. The northern portion of the lot is much wider than the southern section. The proposed new building would be used … <Read More>

Landmarks Does Not Approve New Building for NoHo Historic District Despite Revisions

Applicants take measures to ensure construction does not harm adjacent Merchant’s House. At a public meeting on February 11, 2014, the Landmarks Preservation Commission reviewed a revised proposal for a new building at 27 East 4th Street in the NoHo Historic District Extension.  The applicants returned with a revised plan following Commissioners’ comments at a public hearing on March 12, 2013 (Read Cityland past coverage here). 

Commissioners Reject Design for Proposed Building Adjacent to Merchant’s House

Applicants responded to public testimony, which focused on potential damage to the adjoining landmarks, by detailing the excavation, construction and monitoring plans for the new building. On March 12, 2013, the Landmarks Preservation Commission continued a hearing on a proposed new building at 27 East 4th Street, in the NoHo Historic District Extension. The proposed building is adjacent to the Merchant’s House, an individual exterior and interior landmark and museum at 29 East … <Read More>

Reduced NoHo addition OK’d

Architect/owner reduced height and bulk of proposed rooftop and rear yard additions. On November 15, 2011, Landmarks approved Jeffrey Kamen’s revised proposal to build rooftop and rear additions to his four-story building at 33 Bond Street in the NoHo Historic District Extension. Kamen’s original proposal featured a sloping, three-story rooftop addition that cantilevered over the rear of the building and was modeled after artists’ garrets common in the area, as well as a three-story rear-yard … <Read More>

NoHo addition questioned

Neighbors and preservationists opposed three-story rooftop addition planned for four-story building. On October 18, 2011, Landmarks considered Jeffrey Kamen’s proposal to add a cantilevered three-story addition on top of his four-story building at 33 Bond Street in the NoHo Historic District Extension. The Italianate store-and-loft building was built in the 1830s, and extensively altered in the early 20th century. In 2003, Kamen added a thirty-foot tall, three-story structure in the rear yard used as … <Read More>