Sunday, January 11, 2009

The sad state of the Terra-Cotta Building

From Scouting NY:

It was built in 1892 as an office for the New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Works, the company that supplied terra-cotta for Carnegie Hall and the Ansonia Hotel, among others. The company went out of business in the 1920s, and the building became vacant. It was eventually bought in 1970 by Citibank.

Some very intelligent locals managed to get it landmark status in 1982, so of course, Citibank simply boarded it up, fenced it off, and left it to rot.

The Forgotten Building Under The Bridge


Anonymous said...

What a great place for a public park.

If this was the Hudson or Manhattan it would be a park.

Maybe some of the waterfront groups can add (along with pulling shopping carts and displaying lit and legos from developers) might come out for the community and support this.

Anonymous said...

What are you bitching about. There will 40 feet along the waterfront.

Well there is the little issue of the actually getting to the watefront, to say nothing of the view being cut of by a number of 50 story buildings.

This little gem will be surrounded on three sides by a 5 story wall once Suna gets our watefront.

But hell, 40 feet is more than enough space to tie up a kayack.

The Silvercup Kayack said...

We are proud supporters of developers and their 50 story buildings.

Knock it off!

Anonymous said...

This building should be landmarked.

It just needs some TLC.

But, unfortunately, that won't happen. This administration does not care about preserving our history. Develop Develop Develop.

What as#holes!

Anonymous said...

Back in the 80s and 90s when we would get a 500 word article on landmarking, Queens would get once sentence.

It was always about the Terra-Cotta building. Nothing else.


Because the agenda was set by Manhattan.

The Friends of Terra Cotta liked the buidling, got it landmarked, and made sure THEIR building got the press, not the borough.

Besides, we don't want to talk about landmarking communities.