100 Clark St. Reconstruction Plan Approved by Landmarks – Finally!

The long, unfortunate history of the eyesore of a brownstone at 100 Clark St. (aka 1 Monroe Pl.) dates back to May 2008, when BHB reported that the building had been condemned after years of neglect and disrepair. At the time, the three remaining, rent-stabilized tenants living in the 18-unit building were forced out and the building partially demolished. A full demolition was stopped by a lawsuit by then owners Penson Co. Since then, the building sat for almost a decade – sad, unoccupied, hazardous, and an ugly blight on the neighborhood.


100 Clark St. in May 2008

In 2010, the building was sold to Newcastle Realty Services for a song at $1.25M, but saddled with the tenants who retained occupancy rights, liens, and the landmarks approval process. The “confidential” offering memorandum from the realty company is here for all to read, that contains everything you would ever want to know about the deal. Since the sale, the neighborhood has been eagerly watching for signs of reconstruction to start, which reportedly was delayed not for a lack of funds, but by the “complexity” of the project, according to a Department of Buildings spokesperson.

Finally, an end might be in sight. The Eagle reports that last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a reconstruction plan for the building. A prior plan had been approved in 2011, but the building permit expired when the owners failed to go forward with the construction. “The whole neighborhood welcomes such a moment when we can restore this house,” said Landmarks Commissioner Frederick Bland, who is also a Brooklyn Heights resident. Meanwhile, a spokeperson for the owners said the plan was to build rental units, not condos.

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  • Jorale-man

    The reconstruction plans look great. Nice that they’re going to redo the mansard roof and old shingles. What a shame that this was allowed to happen in the first place. It should be a cautionary tale for other decaying houses in the neighborhood (i.e. the abandoned brownstone on Columbia Heights).

  • Andrew Porter

    New York YIMBY AM (at this link) has extensive plans and photos showing many details of the reconstruction:


  • petercow

    “Ugly blight”? Are there pretty ones? :)

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    That was a very unique observation.

  • William Gilbert

    I heard that the former tenants complaints caused the city to “over react” and partially tear down the building and that is why there is a lawsuit pending. That is what I seem to remember, but is it true? And if it is true, should these tenants then benefit with new apartments in the reconstructed building since if they caused the unnecessary damage in the first place?

  • MaryT

    It may be that a partial tear down was needed. I remember the day the brick facade on Monroe collapsed. That place was a menace – not to mention the fire..

  • Mary Kim

    Thank you! This means that you read the entire post and paid attention to the writing. :)

  • Concerned

    Great link. Thanks. The place looks like it will be fantastic.

  • Jorale-man

    I’m no structural engineer but it seems they could have saved it with the right technical reinforcements at hand.

    I’ve actually seen tourists taking photos of it. They probably thought they took a wrong turn on the way to the Heights and ended up in the ‘hood.

  • Andrew Porter

    I noticed the Monroe Place wall was bowing out and called 311 about it. The owners put up a sidewalk shed after the DOB ordered them to do so, but didn’t fix the problem. Eventually, part of the building collapsed, and DOB ordered them to remove the top several floors to stabilize what was left.

    Here is one of my photos of the top floors being demolished:

  • sd

    The original owners are likely victims of the endemically corrupt city bureaucracy who were punished(along with the entire neighborhood) for not providing enough grease on the the right palms.

  • Andrew Porter

    An astonishingly paranoid comment. What are *you* smoking?

  • petercow

    I got that joke! :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    “it seems they could have saved it with the right technical reinforcements at hand”
    The danger of collapse made that approach not really practical or cost effective. The city did the right thing.

  • sd

    How many corruption scandals in various city agencies including the Department of Buildings have been revealed over the last 20 yrs? In what world, other than one ruled by a petty but empowered Soviet inspired Nomenklatura would it take nearly a decade to begin to resolve the problems with this building?

  • Reggie

    How much corruption has there been compared to the volume of work at DOB? Generalize much? In what world? A capitalistic society government leaves it to private ownership to do the right thing.

  • HereToStay

    What ever happened to the from-scratch brownstone that was being built on Cranberry? That site is dormant for what must be 3 years now…

  • Brixtony

    Speaking of Monroe pl: what’s going on with all the construction?

  • rubenkincaid