The Landmarks Preservation Commission decided this week not to vote on plans to build condos on top of the Brooklyn Heights Cinema building at 70 Henry Street. In the proposal, the cinema would still occupy the first floor but with only one screen instead of the current two.
Brooklyn Eagle: “We haven’t quite found the formula yet,” said LPC Chairman Robert Tierney. The chairman suggested the project architect work with LPC staff on the design. Architect Randy Gerner of Park Avenue South firm Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel offered up a new design for the proposed 70 Henry St. project at a public hearing at the preservation agency’s Lower Manhattan Municipal Building offices.
The designer said the existing building should be demolished and its bricks turned backwards to expose their red side. The salvaged bricks would be used to build the ground level, where the cinema goes. There would be residential floors with floor-to-ceiling windows framed by ribbons of ductile concrete screens that are deep reddish brownstone color.
Building owner Tom Caruana’s family has owned the building since 1968, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.
On a related note, BHC owner Kenn Lowy asked the community for support in the theater’s weekly newsletter:
Here’s our dilemma. We must have digital projection in one of our rooms in the next 6 weeks. Ideally we would have a kickstarter campaign. But buying a digital projector right now makes no sense because we don’t know how long we’ll be at this location (we know we’ll be here for the rest of this year, possibly a little longer). Our only option is to lease a projector. But we cannot afford to do that unless business picks up in the next few weeks.
Here’s where you, our loyal customers can help – See our movies, visit the concession and buy a t-shirt.