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    That's a pretty old image, been around for a few years. I don't think it was ever approved by LPC (despite claims by the architect); a search for such approval yields nada. Nothing is happening at that site that indicates imminent development.

    DOB shows the last application here was in 1992: Job Overview for 55-63 Bleecker aka 340-346 Lafayette Street

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    Thanks, Lofter.

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    It seems to me that the architect is playing a bit loose with the wording that accompanies this design. Note it's never claimed that the design was actually approved by the LPC, but rather goes on about the "rigorous approval process" at LPC (which could mean it went through lots of meetings with LPC staff before the project stalled):

    59 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

    > Click "Project Sheet: Download" for the pdf which includes this:

    Status: Design and variance approval process
    continues through 2010

    ... The concept and design underwent a consensus and rigorous approval process with the Landmarks Preservation Commission ...

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    THe facade of 37 Great Jones has been cleaned up and new windows (dark grey frames) have been installed. Street level openings are filled with plywood inserts. Interior work is on going.

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    Info on 37 Great Jones Street from the 2008 NoHo Historic District Extension Designation Report (page 83):

    History: This utilitarian garage and warehouse, designed by architect Lewis C. Patton, was constructed for owner Ferdinand T. Hopkins in 1917-18 at a time when many of the older structures were being replaced with new commercial buildings. By the mid-1930s the building had been altered to house offices, shipping department and factory as well as storage. At that time, directories indicate that Philco Radio & Television Corporation shared the premises with Joseph Doyle, a trucker. From 1943 to 1955 the building reverted to use as a garage and warehouse for Red Ball Van Lines after which it was converted to use as a factory for Revere Metal Art Company and Steel Parts Manufacturing Company. Concord Electronics Corporation joined them around 1965 and continued in this location until recently. This building, largely intact to its early twentieth-century appearance, contributes to the mixed-use and diverse character of the NoHo East Historic District.

    Ownership:

    1886: Ferdinand T. Hopkins
    1956: 37 Great Jones Street Corp.
    1962: Parker Pen Company
    1965: 37 Great Jones Corp.
    1971: Revere Metal Art Co.


    The initial render of the plan for 37 Great Jones by architect Joseph Pell Lombardi:



    How it looked recently:



    And how it looked in 1936 when it was a Philco Radio & Television Corporation warehouse:


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    How depressing. That whole streetscape is extraordinary.

    What's with defacing these buildings and the removal of superb ornamentation and cornices? What purpose does it serve?

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    That stretch of streetscape along Great Jones as seen in 1936 is pretty much intact and how it looks now (except for changes in store fronts). Changes at 37 GJ actually bring it more into line with how it looked back then.

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    What about that poor building on the right of 37, with that horrible paint job and sans cornice?

    Is all that gorgeous ornamentation (and cornice) on building on the left of 37 still intact?

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    OK, you're right: That one to the right at 35 GJ is a mess.

    Google Map Street view of that side of the block: http://goo.gl/maps/3Rnsb

    45 Great Jones, the shorty to the east, is getting a vertical enlargement and will be restored.

    Info from NoHo News on other developments on this block:

    25 Great Jones/22 Bond St.

    Our friends at BKSK Architects have applied their magic touches to the “finger of NoHo.” Now 3-stories shorter (thank you, BSA) with a Bond St. address and main entrance to the residential units from Bond St., the Great Jones St. side will house ground-floor retail (no food and beverage) and has a street-wall matching the neighboring buildings on the block.


    25 Great Jones – before and after. Click picture to see larger image.



    22 Bond St. Entrance, Art Window and Garden


    The Bond St. side will feature a 4-story screened wall through which one will see a garden and an elevated grove of trees. Below that to the right will be a street level window that will feature artworks. Both will be ambiently lit at night to highlight the Bond St. streetscape.

    Lot line windows for the neighboring buildings on Bond St will be preserved. The west wall of the building will feature a full mural (no windows) by Jose Parla, internationally known but based in Brooklyn.

    Altogether this is a a big Yeah! for NoHo and finally another unique and probably significant addition to our neighborhoods mystique.

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    The first terra-cotta panel has gone up on the exterior of 10 Bond - Looks luscious, like chocolate ...












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    So nice I want to see some more ...
















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    That pedicab is pretty wild.

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    When I took the shot the pedicab was just a whirl of color zipping by. It wasn't until I got home and enlarged the pic that I saw what it was.

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    Schumacher Sheds Its Scaffolding To Reveal Restored Facade

    by Zoe Rosenberg




    Noho's quirky condo development The Schumacher finally shed the scaffolding that's been surrounding the building since pretty much forever ago. The milestone marks the end of the building's major facade restoration, wherein workers scraped some 50,000 layers of white paint off of the former factory's red bricks. The building's pediment, which mysteriously disappeared sometime in the past, was also brought back using another, similar design by architect Edward Raht. The handsome building at 36 Bleecker Street was once the home of Schumacher & Ettlinger printing factory, and is in the midsts of a conversion to 20 rather pricey apartments developed by Stillman. Only one of the building's apartments remains unsold: the $10.5 million three-bedroom 5C.




    This 1940 tax photo of the building shows that its pediment had already disappeared by then.

    Missing Roof Decorations Are Being Restored and Recreated [NYT]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/1...acade.php#more

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