8 NYC sites that were razed before Landmarks panel could act
Report says owners demolished buildings ahead of designation review
July 23, 2014 08:30AM
By Mark Maurer
205 Water Street in Dumbo
A Dumbo factory building was razed and replaced by a 67-unit condominium property.
331 East 6th Street
A historic East Village townhouse made way for a condominium building.
36 East 14th Street
The Paterson Silk Building, also known as the Odd Jobs Building, is no more.
861-863 Lexington Avenue
A condominium building replaced an Upper East Side townhouse.
342 Amsterdam Avenue
The architectural ornament, cornice and parapet were removed in 2006 from the Dakota Stables, which was subsequently torn down.
Hoffman Auto Showroom at 430 Park Avenue
The ground-floor showroom was demolished in 2013 and is now vacant retail space.
41-43 Bond Street
A condominium building replaced two smaller structures.
30 Great Jones Street
A historic factory building was demolished in 2008, and replaced with a parking lot.
Nearly 30 buildings were spotlighted in the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s recent report on landlords demolishing buildings after Landmarks Preservation Commission officials tipped them off.
The advance notice allows landlords to push through demolitions before the landmarks process begin. Between 2002 and 2013, these situations spanned the city. Most of the buildings were altered, either with a new façade or a rooftop or the removal or a cornice. About eight of the sites were razed, including a historic townhouse making way for a condominium building and a historic factory building being replaced by a parking lot.
The Paterson Silks Building at 36 West 14th Street and the Dakota Stables at 342 Amsterdam Avenue, for example, were both demolished as landlords eyed new ground-up developments in 2005 and 2006, respectively.