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After 180 Years on the Block, 201 East Broadway is Eradicated for Modular Housing

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 at 5:18 am by


Bye Bye, 201 East Broadway.

There it sat, for nearly two centuries (b. 1837), eventually acting as headquarters for the United Hebrew Community. Now, the recent property sale has prompted demolition of the Greek Revival buildings, and subsequent plans for modular housing, the first of its kind on the Lower East Side.

Just like that, 180 years dismantled and tossed into the back of a truck. This is a sentiment often repeated across the Lower East Side, yet seemingly with more frequency these days. Indeed, just up the block, a two-century-old Federal row house was equally pulverized.

In the meantime, Boogie reader Mitch Weinstein sends along this photo showing an aerial view of the carnage. He notes, “ghosts being demolished at 201-203 East Broadway.”


As previously reported, owner-developer Daniel Wise (aka 201 EB Development III, LLC) purchased the side-by-side properties in 2015 for $8.5 million, and intends to combine the tax lots for the new mixed-use development. Plans were first submited to the Department of Buildings in September 2015, which call for seven stories stacked with ten modular apartments. Each pre-fab condo unit will carry approximately 1,487 square-feet, some with private terraces. The ground floor and basement spaces will offer 3,617 square-feet of commercial and 1,968 square-feet of medical office space respectively.

Think Architecture and Design is the architect of record on the new project.

201-203 East Broadway, September 2015

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*Note: The particular house mentioned in the article that follows is not an officially-designated NYC landmark, but two of the neighboring houses are, and it is of similar age, 100+ years old.*

From SiLive.com:

Demolition of historic Stapleton home in progress

by Virginia N. Sherry
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Demolition is in progress at 360 Van Duzer St. in Stapleton, and the owner is not saying what will replace this historic one-family home.

The house sits on a large lot measuring 65 feet wide by 201 feet deep, according to city Department of Finance records.

The Department of Buildings work permit for the demolition was issued on March 2, 2016, noting it is for “full demolition” of the 2-story home, using both hand tools and mechanical equipment.

NWS TEARDOWNThis well-maintained historic home is next door to the home being demolished at 360 Van Duzer Street (left). Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (Staten Island Advance/Virginia N. Sherry)

It is flanked on one side by an official New York City landmark, a modified Greek Revival house dating back to the 1830s, and a beautifully restored historic home sits on the other side.

On Tuesday morning, a worker was on the roof, chipping away at the chimney.

“This is another great loss for the borough’s architectural history,” commented Barnett Shepherd, executive director of the nonprofit Preservation League of Staten Island, on Tuesday.

“The demolition will leave another gap on the historic landscape of Van Duzer Street.”

“Demolition of this once-beautiful Italianate residence will leave another gap on the historic landscape of Van Duzer Street,” he added.

“It’s a gradual destruction of the historic neighborhood,” said homeowner Deborah Davis, a Stapleton resident since 1990. “The more this happens, the less people will want to buy an older home.”


Department of Buildings records list Joseph Husic as the owner of 360 Van Duzer St., doing business as Husic Inc., with an address at 175 Zoe St. on Staten Island.

Reached by telephone on Tuesday morning and asked about his plans for the property, Husic told a reporter that he could not comment or disclose anything “right now,” noting that he is not the developer.

Explaining that the purpose of the phone call was to give him an opportunity to comment in this story, Husic replied: “Write whatever you want,” and then hung up.…

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Bye-Bye Bowery: Three of the Oldest Historic Buildings on Bowery Due for Demolition

from Spoiled NYC

In the never ending story of historical buildings in New York City being demolished to pave the way for more of the same crap we already have too much of, three buildings on Bowery were prepared for demolition yesterday, one of which dates back to the 1700s.

It’s not a surprise to people who keep their finger on the pulse of NYC building developments, as the demolition permits were filed last May and sale of the properties has been mentioned here and there.

In the last year, these three properties have been sold twice making the first buyer a cool $2 million profit by flipping them to Emmut Properties for $47 million last month.

With cash like that at play, there’s little anyone can do to breakwater the change of tides.

Emmut Properties’ plans for the space are fundamentally self-defeating. They’re planning a hotel and condo development for the 44,000 square foot replacement.

Said replacement will be divided between 30,825 square feet of commercial hotel space and 13,859 square feet of residential space. Basically, they’ll end up with 64 hotel rooms and 21 apartments.

With more Manhattan apartment vacancies now than in ever in the last decade almost, nobody needs these units.

And any new hotel going up on Bowery is clearly aimed at grabbing money from tourists who want to experience the Lower East Side “vibe.”

This is an ill-conceived plan because one way the “vibe” is being destroyed is by knocking down historical buildings to build hotels for people to stay in… theoretically to look at historical buildings in the neighborhood.

But the catch is people staying in the hotel might not know what’s up. They’re likely to ask someone on the street, “Hey where can I find a historical building or some cool architecture?”

And the New Yorker is likely to respond, “Once upon a time, your hotel was a two hundred year-old butcher shop building, but the owners removed the historic structural characteristics so they could legally demolish the building and put in 64 hotel rooms for people like you to come here and ask me these questions.”…

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from the New York Times:

An Ancient Stream Under a Manhattan Building Leads to a Dispute


With New York City’s overheated real estate market showing no signs of cooling, disputes over developments tend to sprout like weeds. Many feel familiar: A project is too big or too unsightly and will blight a neighborhood or force out people of modest means or end the long run of a beloved mom-and-pop shop.

But a battle unfolding on the Upper West Side of Manhattan comes with a twist that if not unprecedented, is certainly unusual — a meandering subterranean river that is just one of many such streams that once coursed through the pristine and undeveloped island centuries ago.

Several of the streams flowed west out of what is now Central Park. The path of one crosses Central Park West at 74th Street and runs north to 76th Street, trickling off a faded 19th-century topographical map and into a modern-day dispute over a multimillion-dollar home renovation.

The building, an 1891 Renaissance Revival-style rowhouse at 32 West 76th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, was bought last year for about $10 million by Dana Lowey Luttway and her husband, David Luttway.

Ms. Lowey Luttway, whose real estate investment firm, Holliswood Development, specializes in buying Manhattan townhouses, renovating them and selling them to wealthy buyers, intends to excavate an existing cellar in the property to add habitable space. She said she and Mr. Luttway, a French-born businessman, were going to move into the house with their three children.

The plan has neighbors on both sides of the building worried that excavation work there may pose structural dangers to it as well as to the adjacent homes, especially because the stream may have weakened the soil in the area.

Louise Magers, whose townhouse is next door, said she was “deeply concerned” about the safety of any excavation planned for below the building.

And Joseph Bolanos, a self-styled neighborhood watchdog who lives in an apartment on the other side of Ms. Lowey Luttway’s building, said that during a street dig in 2001, sewer workers hit running water that he believed was the stream 22 feet down. The stream, he said, had eroded the soil, causing cave-ins over the years.

Ms. Lowey Luttway said tests conducted by experts she hired did not indicate that there was a stream beneath the property. Furthermore, she said, her project would not extend that far below ground and would strengthen the stability of a structure that had been neglected for years. “This building was falling apart,” she said, adding of Mr. Bolanos, “He should be sending me roses, not opposing my restoration.”

For now, the city’s Buildings Department has prohibited excavation at the site. The agency issued a stop-work order in September, citing a lack of notification before demolition and a failure to monitor vibrations in adjacent buildings.

Mr. Bolanos said he suspected that the agency wanted to review the stream issue because the order came out after he sent officials a detailed description saying that “a significant presence of a freshwater stream in, around and under 32 West 76th Street is clearly evident.”

He said he had contacted the agency after hearing heavy work being done in the building and supported his claim that the area was unstable by providing a list of seven episodes when the ground had sunk or caved in over the years.…

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