Ozone Park, a sprawling neighborhood in southern Queens, remains a working-class immigrant stronghold. Longtime Italian homeowners mingle with a fast-growing South Asian and Latino community, and many of the neighborhood’s new arrivals come from India, Bangladesh, Colombia, and Ecuador.
The supertall mixed-use tower planned at 45 Broad Street will shimmer at its apex, over 1,100 feet above the streets of Lower Manhattan. But at ground level, the Financial District project will bring new services to those who won’t even enter the building. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to approve new subway elevators planned on Broad Street.
On a cold January day in 2009, a pipe burst and flooded the boiler of the Home Street Presbyterian Church, in the Foxhurst section of the Bronx. A small electrical fire destroyed the boiler for good, and the company that insured the church failed during the Great Recession. Facing a winter without heat and lacking the funds to repair the boiler, the congregation scattered to other churches in the South Bronx, and the little chapel on Home Street was abandoned. Now, the 1910 structure will be demolished to make way for affordable senior housing.
It’s been nearly a year since builder William Weigand filed plans for a five-story, mixed-use building at 244 East 198th Street in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx. Now, Weigand has submitted applications for a slightly larger and taller building at 244 East 198th Street, on the border with Fordham North.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has weighed in on a new apartment building planned for 11-19 Jane Street, in the Greenwich Village Historic District. It appears the commissioners could support demolition of the site’s existing garage building, but not the proposal for its replacement.