The May 1 celebration of Eastern Orthodox Easter was marred by the tragic fire at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava at 15 West 25th Street, which reduced the landmark building to a charred stone shell. Aside from minor smoke inhalation by the church caretaker, no one was injured in the four-alarm blaze. The same cannot be said for the church building itself, which was reduced to a charred ruin.
Since November, building owner Jean Claude Marian has been trying to convince the Landmarks Preservation Commission to allow him to construct an addition atop an Upper East Side building. Like the two before it, the latest attempt was not a success. The building in question is 1143 Fifth Avenue, located between East 95th Street and East 96th Street in the Carnegie Hill Historic District.
Something of an oddity on Park Avenue will be returned to its original purpose. On Tuesday, April 12, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved additions and reconfigurations on the townhouse at 890 Park Avenue, located between East 78th Street and East 79th Street, paving the way for it to again become a single-family home.
HFZ Capital is planning to convert the Belnord – a 13-story, 218-unit rental building at 225 West 86th Street, on the Upper West Side – into 213 condominium units. The developer recently filed their plans with the Attorney General’s office and expects the future condominiums to be worth a total $1.3 billion, according to The Real Deal. HFZ acquired the residential portion of the block-encompassing building – bound by West 86th and 87th streets, Broadway, and Amsterdam Avenue – for $575 million last year. The ground-floor sections contain retail space and will be left untouched. The property is an individual landmark (and is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places), which means any exterior alterations must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
One of New York City’s most magnificent public spaces will be getting some upgrades. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved changes to the atrium of the Ford Foundation Building at 320 East 43rd Street.