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Archive for March, 2005

Nine Violations Issued for Towering, Obnoxious Flatiron Ad

flatiron building adThe Department of Buildings today issued nine violations for the illegal advertising banner recently placed on the apex of the historic Flatiron Building at Madison Square. The MAS took the matter to the department just after the garish and oversized signage was put in place last week. The Flatiron (175 Fifth Ave.), an icon of New York built in 1902, was one of the first buildings given city landmark protection status in 1966. If you feel as strongly about this issue as we do, make your views known to the mayor and the Department of Buildings. Call 311 today. Continue Reading>>

A Working Waterfront in Brooklyn?

pump house dry dock brooklyn beforeAfter a concerted effort among our friends and neighbors in Brooklyn and the maritime community, demolition of a Civil War-era building on the working waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has been halted. The resulting city and state fines could come to $183,000. Plans to use much of the historic site as a parking lot are still on the drawing board. These two pictures of the 1866 pump house on Beard Street were taken less than a week apart. The pump house was built to serve the dry dock, also pictured, which is still in use today. The fate of the dry dock is still uncertain. Continue Reading>>