Pearsall to Eagle: I’m Against Plan to Add 6 More Stories to 75 Clinton

Brownstoner reports today that work has begun “in earnest” to convert the former Bankruptcy Court building at 75 Clinton Street  to condos.  Plans filed for the flip  in 2007 called for an addition of 6 stories.  The blog adds that there’s no sign of steel work on the roof and speculates that the owners, Clinton Realty Holdings, may have “bailed” on expansion plans.

But if those plans do come to fruition, Brooklyn Heights Hero/ preservationist Otis Pearsall tells the Brooklyn Eagle that he’s against it because the extra stories would block light and air from the smaller scale historic district.

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  • Fritz

    “the extra stories would block light and air” Remind me why more shade in the summer time is a bad idea? Not so sure that extra height would reduce air movement, but willing to be convinced.

  • Karl Junkersfeld


    I live on the top floor of my apartment building and get tons of sunlight in my living room in the morning facing east and I can’t begin to tell you how important that is to my psyche. Sun and brightness = happiness in the Junkersfeld abode. Aren’t you a bit down on a cloudy day? Well a tall building that puts you in the shade can have the same effect. Also, I love my Vitamin D. lol


    Polo, my Cornish Rex, loves his spot in the sum each and every morning.

  • milton

    one cannot make the argument that a tall building would be out of place there. The immediate area is full of tall edifices some of which are historic skyscrapers like the Franklin Building on Montague Street and the two enormously tall pre-war buildings on both corners of Remsen and Court Streets. This is not an area exclusively made up of brownstones. There is a mix of architecture in Brooklyn Heights that is missing in other neighborhoods that are not as well served by public transportation.

  • nabeguy

    Fritz, just flip your own argument. Is more shade a desirable thing in winter? Ask yourself that the next time you pay your National Grid heating bill. Blocking out sunlight can be achieved through various methods, e.g. drapes or shutters, but once you’ve lost it altogether, there’s no simple solution to replacing it.

  • Andrew Porter

    This building was originally 3 or 4 storeys high, and reached its present height in the mid 1970s, when it was added to and the current bland siding was put on. When a piece blew off and the sidewalk shed went up, you can see the “quality” of the wall covering added, at the corner of Clinton and Remsem.