The city’s Parks Department is planning to move forward with transforming the vacant lot at 50-02 39th Avenue, located on the of 50th Street in Sunnyside, into a public park. The city recently designated $3 million to acquire the property from its owner, DBH Associates, DNAinfo reported. DBH acquired the plot in 2007 for $1.45 million and is open to selling the property. The owner attempted to built a two-story, eight-unit apartment building at the site, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission disapproved the plans in 2014. The site is located within the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, which means the design of the park (and its structural elements) will have to be approved by the LPC.
The Berkeley Carroll School, formerly the Berkeley Institute, has been a growing presence in Park Slope, Brooklyn since the end of the 19th century. It will continue to grow, thanks to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which last Tuesday approved a rooftop addition to its campus.
Renderings have surfaced of a four-story, single-family townhouse planned at 34 East 62nd Street, in the Lenox Hill section of the Upper East Side. The plans come as the project was unanimously approved by Community Board 8’s landmarks committee earlier this year, DNAinfo reported. The townhouse will feature an elevator, a limestone façade, and a fifth-floor penthouse, and is being designed by Henry Jessup’s HS Jessup Architecture. The site can accommodate up to 8,030 square feet of residential space as-of-right. The Rye, N.Y.-based Woodbine Company, which acquired the vacant lot for $11.9 million in 2015, is the developer. It will eventually require approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as it sits within the Upper East Side Historic District. The LPC will is currently slated be presented the project on on June 28.
A structure dating back to the Civil War will be returned to residential use. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved a plan for 353 Sixth Avenue (a.k.a. 353 Avenue of the Americas), one which will see the structure grow a little.
A former piece of Rockefeller Center is set to grow a bit. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a rooftop addition to 75 Rockefeller Plaza.