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.
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Neighborhoods like Midwood and Sheepshead Bay are a largely untapped market for commercial development. But developers are starting to realize that there’s growing demand for new office space in heavily trafficked shopping corridors near the subway, even in southern Brooklyn. One property owner near the northern border of Sheepshead Bay took the plunge in 2014 and decided to demolish a few two-story commercial buildings at 1601 Kings Highway.
A charming little townhouse amongst much larger neighbors on one of Manhattan’s great boulevards will stay just that, for the time being. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided not to approve proposed additions to 890 Park Avenue, located on the west side of the street between East 78th Street and East 79th Street, in the Upper East Side Historic District.
When it was built in the 1880s, the red brick Queen Anne-style home that still stands at 890 Park Avenue was used as a single-family mansion. A stockbroker named Harry A. Groesbeck and his family were the…