EDC’s Pinsky defends Brooklyn skyscraper landmarking decision

New York /
Jan.January 26, 2012 12:00 PM

Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, defended the city’s decision to uphold the designation of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District at a panel discussion this morning in Midtown, the New York Observer reported, saying it would not prevent landlords from attracting modern tenants to the designated buildings.

“Just because the buildings there are old doesn’t mean they can’t be made into technologically advanced properties,” Pinsky said. “Google paid almost $2 billion for an old Port Authority [of New York & New Jersey] industrial building. Just because it can’t be torn down doesn’t mean it’s doomed to remain obsolete.”

Despite strong Real Estate Board of New York opposition, the City Council’s subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritimes Uses voted early this week to uphold the district designation. It had been the source of controversy for more than a year, the Observer noted, with high-profile property owners in the area, like SL Green Realty, joining in the fight to prevent it.  [NYO]


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
 Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Building 301 on Governors Island and Trust for Governors Island CEO Clare Newman (Gov Island)
Climate change hub coming to Governors Island
Climate change hub coming to Governors Island
Landlords were less likely to respond to renters they thought were African American or Latino. (iStock)
Landlords more likely to ignore applicants of color
Landlords more likely to ignore applicants of color
Newest unicorn is property-services startup Lessen
Newest unicorn is property-services startup Lessen
Newest unicorn is property-services startup Lessen
Terwilliger & Bartone managing partner Anthony Bartone and 461 Railroad Avenue in Westbury LI (Google Maps, Terwilliger & Bartone, iStock)
Westbury apartment project scores 20-year tax break
Westbury apartment project scores 20-year tax break
Light i-sales precede heavy eating
Light i-sales precede heavy eating
Light i-sales precede heavy eating
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...