A year ago, New York University shut down the Coles Sports Center, the aging, two-story gym at the corner of Bleecker and Mercer Streets in the Village. Now the school has filed plans for its replacement, a 23-story, mixed-use tower with classrooms, dorms, new athletic facilities, and community space at 181 Mercer Street.
New construction doesn’t happen often in Ditmas Park, because the city has protected most blocks from development with zoning that only allows the construction of one- or two-family homes. But near the border with Flatbush, new apartment buildings are allowed to sprout.
Out in the borderlands between Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Brownsville, and East New York, there’s a working class, largely black neighborhood called Ocean Hill. A small new development is headed to the area at 2353 Dean Street, between Rockaway Avenue and Eastern Parkway.
On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard two different applications to convert structures in the West Village from three units to single-family use. The first was approved. The second, far more visible and controversial, was not approved.
All over Bed-Stuy, little row houses are giving way to apartment buildings. The latest example comes to us from the neighborhood’s western borderlands with Clinton Hill, at 169 Lexington Avenue.