Saturday, February 9, 2013
LPC is seeing pink
From The Brooklyn Paper:
Illegal changes at the old Gage and Tollner building in Downtown have the Landmarks Preservation Commission seeing red — and hot pink.
The owners of a garish costume jewelry store operating inside the former home of the legendary gaslight-lit restaurant must tear down their newly installed Pepto Bismol-hued wall panels, commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 22.
The Fulton Mall trinket shop Ladies and Gents dramatically changed the landmarked interior of the shop between Jay Street and Red Hook Lane without presenting a plan for the alterations, blocking iconic cherrywood trim and mirrors with bright pink hanging panels in the process.
But all that glitters isn’t gold, according to commission vice chair Pablo E. Vengoechea.
“Hiding something behind something is not a preservation strategy,” he said. “We designated this [space] in order to be able to see it.”