Last week had a first for me and a party with some really good food.
On Tuesday, I was at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which was asked to prepare an advisory report about One Vanderbilt, the 1,350 foot tall supertall skyscraper planned for across the street from Grand Central Terminal. The design team presented some new renderings and details and the presentation was well received by the commissioners.
In a first for me (and the new LPC chairwoman), I witnessed a vote to declare a new New York City landmark. The commission voted unanimously to declare the Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick, Brooklyn a landmark. The building was completed in 1920 and served the Masons into the 21st century, but is currently vacant.
The final item on the LPC agenda Tuesday drew the largest crowd I’ve ever seen there. LPC staffers had to find extra chairs in a closet to accommodate those who came to oppose the 16-story condo building that had been proposed for next to the Lucerne hotel on the Upper West Side. A large crowd is never a good sign for an applicant and the proposal was not approved.
On Thursday night, I was off to Williamsburg to cover the grand opening of a new condo building – 260N9, located at, surprise, surprise, 260 North 9th Street. This was the second event of its kind that I covered. The first one had a livelier crowd and better views. But this one had better food – lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster and meatball sliders from the Meatball Shop! Mmmm. I won’t say how many lobster rolls I had.
– Evan Bindelglass