Friday, March 9, 2007
From Guy in FH:
"I don't mean to knock the idea of the confirmed Greenwich Village Historic District, but take note of the extent of alterations on a single block:
A few of those buildings are eyesores, non-descript, and not historical. They appease Manhattan (as usual) but give us the thumbs down when it comes to unofficial landmarks i.e. the Trylon Theater, St. Saviour's, & the Hackett Bldg. In the last photo, the former Holland Hotel reminds me in some ways of the Hackett Bldg, but in this case, the entire first story has been stripped.
Take particular note of the percentage of non-contributing sites and those that have significant alterations in a designated historic district under the Tierney-Betts Administration. I do have a passion for Greenwich Village overall, but the bottom line is that certain blocks clearly indicate how the Landmarks Law is insufficiently applied between Manhattan and the "other" boroughs. An additional note to all preservationists is to go with your instincts, and never fall for the LPC's cliche "Too altered to meet the commission's criteria for landmarking," which hasn't been established formerly, and contradicts the provisions of the Landmarks Law.
Weehawken St Historic District (Designated May 2006)
1. Page 39: Removed cornice and modified entryways
2. Page 47: A distinct brick box??
Greenwich Village Historic District Extension (Designated May 2006)
1. Page 43: 129 Charles St showcases a largely alt 1st story & stuccoed bricks in place of the cornice.
2. Page 49: 139-141 Charles St is a white brick box that's an insult to landmarking & the boroughs.
3. Page 55: 134-36 Charles St - New stucco facade & windows marking an extensive alteration
4. Page 64: 157 Christopher St - A 1st story hodge-podge with generic aluminum siding. In this case, some original elements may survive beneath.
5. Page 69: 686-690 Greenwich St - Racking up the "alterations"
6. Page 74: 702 Greenwich St - Is this more noteworthy than the Upper West Side's Dakota Stables, now undergoing demolition?
7. Page 78: 708-12 Greenwich St - A blank canvas defining monotony to a tee
8. Page 88-90: 132-138 Perry St (1914-1915) States "A 2-story 'historic' building is constructed of brick & concrete and now has new multi-pane metal windows. In 2000-2002 (prior to designation), 1st story glass and brick rooftop additions & an 11-story brick tower set back from the front portion, were constructed above the historic building." Product - Page 90 photo
9. Page 93: 140-44 Perry St - Stuccoed-over facade with completely modified 1st story
10. Page 107: Royalty in an alley? Hmm...
11. Page 115: 269 W 10th St - I recall greater examples in Old Astoria Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, etc.
12. Page 119-120: 275 W 10th St - A 1-story garage damaged in a fire in 1971 & then converted to apts with an entirely new blase, unproportional facade (120)
13. Page 123: Great structure, but let's hope the cornice is in midst of restoration!
14. Page 127: Why should this modern bldg qualify & deserve historic district VIP treatment?"