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  • CassieVonMontague

    186 Remsen Renderings Revealed: https://newyorkyimby.com/2019/01/new-renderings-revealed-for-renovation-and-expansion-of-historic-186-remsen-street-in-downtown-brooklyn.html

    I am impressed. First, they are recreating the top two stories that were chopped off sometime after 1940 using terra cotta, slate and copper. Second, the new elevation is set back to hide it from the street.

  • A Neighbor

    Yes, a magnificent building and, apparently, great reno. Unfortunately, however, the addition on top is as ugly as sin. An architect did this, really?

  • Cranberry Beret

    The setback helps keep the ugly addition from being overly visible when viewed from the street right in front. But the addition will still stick out like a sore thumb among the skyline when viewed from lots of other places in the Heights and Downtown. (Their own presentation shows all these views…conveniently YIMBY omits these slides in its article but the full deck is available on the Landmarks website.)

    Solution? De-uglify the addition.

  • Andrew Porter

    I commented about this on YIMBY, pointed out that the plans are subject to Landmarks Commission oversight, so the “glass and aluminum” parts of the plan probably won’t fly without revision.

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    Another image courtesy the Municipal Archives. The NE corner of Henry Street and Clark Street, torn down and replaced by 101 Clark Street. All buildings here are gone. St. George just visible at extreme left:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fbef58347ea7dd097bdf711ae14c57e2aa98a530a720f744247721d7988cb65d.png

  • Andrew Porter

    The building next to this, also gone. Courtesy the Municipal Archives:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/003bfafc7f8f2db5aeb265e2e5678d297ffa4703da2d7d1c234cd33917989ab4.png

  • Andrew Porter

    93 and 97 Clark. Notice “Towers Garage” in distance. All torn down. Courtesy the Municipal Archives:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a5546b57c286e78de08ee7e752d5096488faacf2f80cff30d81c53cc1ed648ce.png

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    OMG It looks like they set out to come up with the ugliest most irrelevant design they possibly could.

  • Jorale-man

    I find those photos all fascinating but man, also kind of a bummer.

  • W.R.

    The BHB is a treasure – thank you everyone for contributing – even the troll Herman

  • Herman on Henry

    That’s pretty funny…

  • Andrew Porter

    A couple of days ago I sent out an e-mail to all sorts of people I knew here in the Heights, extolling the BHB, and noting my posts about images from the Municipal Archives.

    I note the continued inability to send updates to people about posts here. There are ways around this, though.

  • gatornyc

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Have ten different good architects give you designs and you will love some, hate some, and be indifferent to the rest. Just the way it is.

  • DIBS

    Looks better and is more sympathetic than most anything I’ve seen in recent years.