Written by Paula Chin on March 27, 2018
Newswalk overcomes shoddy construction through innovative financing.
Written by Paula Chin on March 13, 2018
Board overcomes construction defects to rescue Brooklyn condominium.
December 28, 2017
Brooklyn judge gives condo board power to “forcibly” soundproof unit.
Written by Bill Morris on December 01, 2017
Decade-long legal battle over shoddy construction is finally over.
Written by Kathryn Farrell on September 11, 2017
A way to manage the flow of talk between boards and their managers.
Written by Kathryn Farrell on June 22, 2017
Messenger system cuts through the tech blizzard.
Written by Bill Morris on September 02, 2016
A Brooklyn co-op discovers that solar is changing – for the better.
August 31, 2016
Attorney general puts an end to notorious developer of shoddy condos.
March 07, 2016
The Green Point Savings Bank was built in 1928 on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Today, workers are busy dismantling the interior of the building, which the developer Slate bought for $6.5 million last year before filing a plan to build a 14-story condo tower on the site.
Now, with two demolition permits filed with the city – one for a full demo, the other for an interior gutting – neighborhood activists are fighting to save a grand old dame that is not protected by landmark status, DNAinfo reports.
Prospect Heights resident Scott Watson, an actor and self-described architecture fan, has gotten more than 200 signatures on a petition to save the bank from the wrecking ball. “When Capital One moved out of the bank, I thought, ‘There’s no way they could possibly tear down this amazing marble bank and make condos,' Watson says. "And then when I found out...I tried to do whatever I could to stop it. We’ve seen so many buildings just go. There really is no limit to what the developers can tear down at this point.”
Among those named on Watson’s save-the-bank petition are Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, and city councilwoman Laurie Cumbo.
October 15, 2015
Arguably, one of the cooler aspects about New York City is its 1920s-era buildings with their exquisite detail. The old bank buildings are especially lovely. In the ever-changing landscape of the city, some of these old buildings get converted into condos. Other times, however, a building such as the imposing structure on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, becomes a casualty of supply and demand. The former Green Point Savings Bank building at 856 Washington Avenue will be demolished to make way for a 14-story apartment building, reports DNAinfo, citing permits approved by the city last week. If you're a fan of old buildings, then hurry to get a photo because building and property records show that the neoclassical stone structure will be ripped down soon. The new residential property will include 28 condominiums over about 45,000 square feet, according to DNAinfo, with one floor-through unit on each of the top three floors. Sounds nice, but it's still disappointing news to fans of old buildings and to those who were holding their breaths for a Trader Joe's grocery store.
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