Monday, May 10, 2010

More on 24 and 22 Henry

The two buildings were both listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Two Bridges Historic District. Unfortunately, the National Register does not protect buildings as the city Landmarks Preservation Commission can. The owners filed in February for "minor alterations" with "no change of use, occupancy or egress." There is no filing for demolition at the Dept. of Buildings.

Justin Ferate, the renowned urban, social and architectural historian, supplies this photograph to give a better sense of the period (these are landmarked in Brooklyn Heights):

Zella Jones, founder of the NoHo Alliance, provides this recent photograph of 24 Henry, the older of the two buildings demolished:

For structures largely ignored for two centuries, they were in remarkably good shape, and because they eventually were surrounded by a slum -- part of New York's oldest slum -- they were neglected and so largely unaltered. But the neighborhood -- Henry, Madison and Monroe Streets around Catherine and Market Streets -- has seen newly built developments.


Newsreader said...

So, do they get any penalty for demolishing without a permit?

This is so very sad.

rob said...

No recent violations on record at the DoB or ECB. But the City doesn't collect many of their fines anyway.

Aaron said...

According to DoB records, the filing was done strictly for "interior demolition" by architect Anthony Lee and was self-certified to bypass the review procedure. There's no application for a demolition of either building.