Updates: 734 Broadway, Cornell on Roosevelt Island, Hardship Denied, 341 Canal Street

evanbindelglassupdatespost140603It’s been a few weeks since I blogged about my stories. So, here’s an update. I also went to Ottawa for the first time the other weekend. I’ll try to also blog about that in the near future.
But on my stories, I’ll start with 734 Broadway. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved restoration of the 1872 building. That includes the addition of a two-floor penthouse that will be set back from the front of the building, making it difficult to see from the ground. This presentation was made the same day as the fire drill at the Manhattan Municipal Building.

Over on Roosevelt Island, Cornell is working on its new tech campus and presented its rendering of the residential tower to Manhattan Community Board 8. The board approved the plan for the 26-story building, which will actually use less of the space than it was allowed.

Back at the LPC, the Stahl Organization applied to demolish two of its buildings – 429 East 64th Street and 430 East 65th Street (also known as the City and Suburban Homes First Avenue Estates) – under the hardship exception clause. A hardship exception hadn’t been granted since 1989. To qualify, you must prove that you can’t make a six percent return on your property. Well, the LPC was having none of this and denied the application. Since this type of hearing is unusual, I found it quite interesting.

Finally, later that day, the LPC heard from architect Gene Kaufman, who presented his latest renderings for a new building at 341 Canal Street, which is at the corner of Greene Street. The LPC approved the application to build the new structure, which will have retail on the ground floor and residential units above.

That’s what I’ve been up to professionally. Personally, I saw “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The former was very good and I liked it, but it left me a bit disappointed. I really liked the latter. It took the series to a new level with new possibilities. Plus, it marked the return of director Bryan Singer and composer (and film editor) John Ottman. It was so neat getting to hear his tweaked version of the theme he wrote for “X2” back in 2003.

Okay, that’s all for now. I’m off the LPC again later today and will update the blog when that story is published.

– Evan Bindelglass

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