NoHo Topics at CB#2 This Month

NoHo Topics at CB#2 for February 2015 include applications for street fairs, a landmarks certificate and a special City Planning Commission permit.

Sidewalks and Street Permits, Monday Feb. 9th @ 6:30 pm

Maria Passannante Derr, Chair, P.S. 130, Auditorium, 143 Baxter St.

It’s that time of year again when one can at least express their opinion regarding the continuous block-out of Mulberry Street from May through September for the promotion of Italian culture in a neighborhood that is no longer inhabited by people of Italian heritage.  In our opinion, both the population and the offerings in these Festivals are misrepresented.  Time for a new paradigym.

  • 5/8/15 – 9/7/15  – The Little Italy Pedestrian Mall Street Festival, Mulberry St between Canal St. and Broome St. (this item will not be heard before 7:15 pm)
  • 5/21/15 – 5/31/15 – St. Anthony’s Feast Street Festival, Mulberry St. between Broome St. and Spring St. (this item will not be heard before 7:15 pm)
  • 9/10/15 – 9/21/15 – 89th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, Mulberry St. between Canal St. and E. Houston St. (this item will not be heard before 7:15 pm)
  • 6/13/15 – 13th Annual Arab-American Street Festival, Great Jones St between Broadway and Lafayette St. (Renewal – Contact Board if you have an objection.)

Land Use Committee Meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 11th @ 6:30 pm

Anita Brandt, Chair, Little Red School House, 272 Sixth Avenue, Auditorium

Item 1. *404 Lafayette Street– Applicant seeks approval to extend for ten years an expired (2013) special permit to operate a physical culture establishment (PCE).  This space has been previously approved (as amended and extended) for 29,726 S.F. on three floors (cellar, first and second).  This is the site where the NYU Coles Gym will be located until the new gym is constructed on the northern superblock on Mercer between Bleecker and 3rd St.  See our previous coverage

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Item 5. *41 Great Jones Street – Applicant seeks approval for a special permit from CPC pursuant to Sec 74-711 to facilitate conversion of an existing five-story commercial building to a residential apartment building with an as-of-right, one-story addition. Three units are planned for the converted building.

Our sources indicate that the restoration of this building is quite contextual.   The project is being designed by renowned architect Morris Adjmi, original architect for 372 Lafayette at the sw corner of Great Jones St. The one-story addition would seem to comply with the pattern of roof-top additions on Great Jones St. as would the conversion to residential use.  Previously owned by Martin Holdings Corp of East 12th St., the building was purchased by  Blumenfeld Development Group of Syosset in 2013.  The addition of approx 2,400 sq. feet falls within the current DOB calculation of 14,431 gross sq. ft  for the lot which is currently built out at 12,000 sq. ft.

Blumenfeld’s description of the project:   The building is primarily used for general office use and zoned M1-5B.  Current plans consist of vacating the existing tenants and converting the building into 3 luxury Condominium units, adding an additional floor upon receiving all the necessary approvals from Landmarks Preservation Commission and NYC City Planning Commission. 

Landmarks Committee, Thursday, Feb. 12th,  @ 6:30 pm

Sean Sweeney, Chair, The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street (enter on Elizabeth Street), Studios A & B

622 Broadway –  A neo-Grec style store and loft building built in 1880-1882. Application is to enlarge a rooftop bulkhead. Nothing momentous to report here.

FULL BOARD Tobi Bergman, Chair, Thurs., 2/19 @ 6:30 PM- Scholastic Building, 557 Broadway, Auditorium

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