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    Love Foster's new gallery.

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    What a sorry looking corner (including the Museum).



    http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/20...tml#more-23304

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    Effort to Limit Heights on Bowery's Eastern Side Gains Momentum

    Advocates and elected officials want height limits added to the Bowery's east side as city balks.

    By Patrick Hedlund


    The east side of the Bowery at the corner of Rivington Street.


    The east side of the Bowery between Delancey and Broome streets.


    A map of the Bowery and its surrounding designations.


    LOWER EAST SIDE — Local advocates have been ramping up their efforts to preserve a portion of the Bowery they see as vulnerable to overdevelopment that could threaten the stretch's celebrated history.

    The busy downtown thoroughfare was recently selected as one of two Manhattan areas warranting preservation in the Historic District Council's inaugural "Six to Celebrate," a list that includes half-a-dozen citywide treasures nominated by community groups for protection.

    "It's an extraordinary, historic strip that has undergone a shocking amount of transformation in the last 10 years," explained Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the HDC, noting that while the west side of the stretch enjoys height limits from overlapping neighborhood historic districts, the east side remains ripe for high-rise development.

    "It has actually been neglected [among] many of the very vibrant neighborhood preservation efforts."

    Local elected officials, including powerful State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, have publicly come out in support of a grassroots plan to cap heights on the east side of the Bowery to conform more closely to the 120-foot height limits on the western edge.

    "I believe that the east side of the Bowery deserves the same type of zoning to ensure that new buildings are of a size and scale that maintain the Bowery as the unique New York City thoroughfare that it is today," Silver wrote in a letter to City Planning Commission chairwoman Amanda Burden.

    However, the city has remained unmoved, declining as of yet to consider the Bowery's eastern side.

    "The Bowery is a wide, centrally located street, which continues to support a mix of commercial, residential, community and cultural uses, and has excellent access to mass transit," read a statement from the Department of City Planning.

    "As the Department considers citywide policies on rezoning, we work hard to balance the varying needs of a broad and ever-expanding city and continually seek to strike a balance among uses, constituencies and planning strategies."

    The neighborhood group Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, which nominated the stretch for inclusion in the "Six to Celebrate" list, is floating a plan supported by Silver that would limit building heights to 85 feet, or about eight stories, on the block's eastern side.

    "We're talking about one half of one street, and that one half has as much cultural and historical significance as most neighborhoods in the city," said BAN co-founder David Mulkins. "What we're asking for is very little."

    The plan does not seek to rezone the block, just cap heights and provide protections for significant buildings as on the western side of the street, which is covered by the Special Little Italy and NoHo Historic districts.

    "As the Lower East Side gets hotter and hotter, one of the things that makes it so attractive is this almost seminal understanding of the neighborhood's history of entertainment, its history of popular culture," Bankoff added, of its reputation as a hotbed for theater, dance, music, literature and contemporary art over the past two centuries.

    "There's an unconscious understanding of the Bowery that has leaked into the culture," he added. [The buildings] are physical remnants of that."

    http://www.dnainfo.com/20110104/lowe...#ixzz1A7dAALxn

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    Iditots. How will capping height without reducing FAR preserve buildings of historical significance?
    Could they still be unaware that this would result in wider new buildings that would result in the demolition of even more low-rise buildings.

    The best new projects on the Bowery are actually the tall narrow ones, but apparently Avalon Chrystie Place is what they want more of.



    It only makes sense if they get every low-rise building on the stretch landmarked, get the FAR lowered to only support the floor area of a 4 story building, or limit building width along with height.
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    Don't hold your breath. These people will never figure it out.

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    The Bowery To Become East Village Hotel Corridor

    By Garth Johnston


    The old Salvation Army, on the right, is to become a hotel (via Michelle Rick's flickr).

    We sort of thought the Bowery Hotel and the Cooper Square Hotel and the White House Hostel (of which Obama is a fan?) were more than enough East Village accommodations for one three-block stretch. But we guess we were wrong. The Post's Lois Weiss today brings the news that the former Salvation Army on the corner of Third Street and the Bowery has been sold for $7.6 million and is going to be turned into, wait for it, a 65-room "boutique" hotel with a restaurant below.

    Of course, it will be interesting to see how the new owners, the Paris-based Louzon Group, fare when they present their restaurant plans to the community board—the last attempt to put something in the Salvation Army space, a very large restolounge from the folks at Koi, was shot down with no hesitation—but we doubt the restaurant will hold up the hotel. And in the meantime we can all look forward to yet more douches coming into the East Village. Maybe the neighbors will hang more underwear?

    http://gothamist.com/2011/01/12/the_..._village_h.php

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    Being a corner plot, maybe that'll force Kaufman to maintain the streetwall for once?

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    What ever rises here will screw up the windows on the tower next door. Looks like all those single windows facing south are on the lot line. And if they build similar on this lot (recessed tower on a low base) then the new one will completely cover that same south wall.

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    Does anyone know if the little limestone building to the north is included in this parcel?

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    The corner structure (347 Bowery / 1 East 3rd) and the limestone one to the north (349 Bowery) are both part of one tax lot.

    DOB shows the two as "one building"

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    Thanks for the info. It's a decent little building.

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    Buh-bye to that little bit o' limestone.

    Curbed has news w/ pic for the new plan from Kaufman (note that Gene does not honor the streetwall):

    New Bowery Hotel Revealed; Old Bowery Sobs Uncontrollably

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    Unfreakin' believable. WTF is wrong with this Kaufman buffoon?

    It's like he has something against streetwalls and think that exposing the neighbor's blank wall looks good.

    And are those suppose to resemble open drawers?


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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    Unfreakin' believable. WTF is wrong with this Kaufman buffoon?

    It's like he has something against streetwalls and think that exposing the neighbor's blank wall looks good.
    Hey, what do want: its' the Bowery mind you. The local derelicts from the bowery mission need a convenient little corner space for public urination; Kaufman knew exactly what he was doing with that streetwall set-back - "form follows function". (LOL)
    Last edited by infoshare; January 18th, 2011 at 07:26 PM. Reason: form follow fuction

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    One would have thought that a French company would want something fashionable -- not utterly ridiculous like this POS.

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