Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sunset Park wants to stop the insanity

From the Daily News:

Sunset Park is being clouded.

For years now, builders have been breaking up century-old rows of brownstones, putting up schlocky condos in the middle of blocks where they look like they don’t belong.

The character assassination has gotten so out of control that a new group is working hard to gain landmark status for pockets that have a high density of unspoiled housing stock.

The group, Sunset Park Landmarks Committee, is hoping to convince the city to landmark up to 800 buildings — or 10% — of the neighborhood.

In an area that’s not conventionally regarded as historic, that’s not nothing.


Anonymous said...

This new crap is really FUG UGLY!

Yet at the time that the older (early 20th century?) row housing was built, it might have been seen as an ugly intrusion too.

We must keep our historical perspectives focused.
These white, boxy, 21st century eyesores might be valued someday as our pursuit of architectural barbarism moves forward.

Joe Moretti said...

This is happening all over Queens, no matter which part you are in from shit hole Jamaica to Astoria and Long Island City. There are no checks and balances in Queens what-so-ever.

Anonymous said...

Yet another example of the lack of community building in NYC.

Enough of expanding landmark districts.

Most of us will never get that right so lets move on to more important things the effects 10 times more people.

Anonymous said...

The top pic of Sunset Park looks just like Putnam Ave. off Fresh Pond Rd. in Ridgewood.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Those photos made me want to puke.

Anonymous said...

Whataya know. A crappy building and a crappy 99 cents store...perfect together.
Uh, how many "legal " apartments are here?

Anonymous said...


I'm not really a great fan of cookie cutter Matthew's Type flats...like some of these older abodes are...whether they be in Park Slope or Astoria.

The rounded facades are the only thing that saves them from being totally grim.

Gary the Agnostic said...

Anon No. 7:

The Matthews Model Flats aren't "cookie-cutter" structures - they are a tribute to what architects with imagination can accomplish. Where else do you see brickwork like that? The vast majority of them DO NOT have landmark status. Too bad.

Anonymous said...

I could not agree with all of this more. Everywhere in Brooklyn, nearly century old homes are being torn down to make way for these fugly condos. This house with a huge front/backyard was torn down and in it's place will be three new condos. I hate hate hate it all.