Long-Standing Eyesore Slapped With New Violations

At the corner of Clark Street and the bucolic Monroe Place resides the notorious neighborhood eyesore, 100 Clark Street.  The Brooklyn Eagle cheekily reports the dilapidated “half-demolished historic house” owned by Newcastle Realty Services has been slapped with new Buildings Department violations including a “partially open roof” and cracked facade.  The Eagle also reports the Scaffold Safety Team issued violations for the sidewalk shed and a construction fence.

Violation Notice from Buildings Department

Violation Notice from Buildings Department

An impromptu search of the NYC Buildings site quickly revealed a “Property Profile Overview” for 100 Clark Street/1 Monroe Place complete with links to complaints and violations issued against the building.  The most recent eight complaints date from July 3rd through August 10th of this year and range from a leaning building to loose construction materials and water entering the premises through holes in the roof.

The Brooklyn Eagle article goes on to give a brief history of the blighted property which includes the demolition of two floors in May of 2008, stopped by a court order.  A Newcastle spokesperson,  George Arzt responded to the paper’s inquiry about repairs and renovation with one statement, “We are working with the Department of Buildings toward approval of our plans.”

The popular Real Estate blog, Curbed has posted numerous articles about the beleaguered building.  A missive dated March 20, 2014 gives a glimpse of the renovation plan. Your guess is as good as ours as to when the project will actually come to fruition.  Until then, maybe walk on the other side of the street just to be safe.

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  • Canonchet

    Speaking of local eyesores: Exactly one year ago today the Brooklyn Heights Cinema turned off its projectors and threw away all its old popcorn and shut its doors forever, after 44 years as a true neighborhood treasure. An immediate, impending condo conversion of the Henry St theater building was the ostensible reason. Since then, there has been no apparent construction or any other activity at the site, as the building exterior visibly deteroriates. (In this long past winter, that neglect extended to failure to clear snow and ice from the heavily used sidewalks.) What gives? Does anyone know, or care? The failure of the promised if still-unsatisfactory alternative to materialize – the Dumbo Digital Cinema – only makes it worse.

  • RJG

    Alteration plans for 1 Monroe Place were approved by the DOB on May 5, 2015. The owners haven’t obtained any permits yet.

    The plan is for a total of five dwelling units, one DU will be a triplex and one DU a duplex.

    Floor plans link: http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/BScanJobDocumentServlet?requestid=6&passjobnumber=320296005&passdocnumber=01&allbin=3001898&scancode=ESHS1159475

    Related job documents link: http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=4&passjobnumber=320296005&passdocnumber=01&restore=1

  • RJG

    Plans for a new building were filed on March 20, 2015. On April 25 the DOB rejected the plan. The developer will have to rework the plan to address DOB criticisms and then resubmit it for another exam.


  • Kenn Lowy

    If you’ve been reading the BHB for the past year you know the DUMBO space never materialized because of high rents (unaffordable). I wanted to reopen and I truly miss greeting and talking with our customers. If you hear of a space that’s affordable, let me know. As far as 70 Henry Street is concerned, the plans have been approved by Landmarks, even though, once again, the BHA was against it. So something will be happening there in the coming year.

  • Willow Street Watch

    I met the nice guy who owns the building next door. He reports that rain is running through the building into his basement/foundation!!! He ALSO says that for a long time it was almost impossible to find out who really owned 100 Clark! And the danger of intrusion and fire is always present because owners/developers of vacant buildings are not required to have fire/intrusion detection/alarms or prevention systems.

  • Jorale-man

    Curbed.com just posted a map of endangered or lost NYC movie theaters. The late lamented BH Cinema is on here as are a few other depressing additions (Sunshine Cinema). http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/08/25/tracking_nycs_lost_and_endangered_movie_theaters.php

    Between greedy landlords and people’s desire to watch everything in their living rooms now, going to the movies could soon be a thing of the past in NYC.

  • Love Laner

    Please do keep on the lookout for a new space! I know that the odds are painfully stacked against small/independent business these days, but the cinema was such a joy for the neighborhood. I grew up in the area & it introduced me to so many films I wouldn’t have seen if I only went to the theatre on Court Street!

  • DIBS

    Rapidly deteriorating. I hope it gets done before it deteriorates to the extent that Iron Chef House would close.

  • Jorale-man

    I just walked by this house and a funny detail stuck out: the decorative birdbath is still in the front, despite the fact that the rest of it looks like it’s been bombed out in a war. A sad sight.

  • Henry North

    At least it allowed the Mr. Robot people to film a slum scene in our neighborhood.