Developers Transform Look of Bushwick

Bushwick blog Wyckoff Heights wonders, in light of the surge of development in Bushwick, “how will developers treat historic buildings in Bushwick and Ridgewood?” The answer may be disheartening, considering that many of the neighborhood’s buildings are not landmarked. At 204 Starr Street, a developer removed the cornice and is now constructing a rooftop addition. Above, the before and after pictures at 204 Starr. Over on Suydam Street, 414 is getting a new raised roof, parapet and facade. On Stanhope Street in Queens in the Cypress Avenue West National Historic District, more owners are looking to add extra floors to buildings. The architect working on 400 Stanhope said there are plans for a setback to maintain the historical look of the building. Meanwhile, we would like to note, historian Adam Schwartz and others have been working to landmark portions of Bushwick Avenue for a few years now.
How Will Developers Treat Buildings in Bushwick and Ridgewood? [Wyckoff Heights]
Photos by Wyckoff Heights

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  • Maybe someone can answer a question I have about this – the place across the street from me in Bushwick/Wyckoff Heights is essentially one of these pictured buildings. It’s been emptied out, and the renovations have been going on for a month or so. As part of the work, they took out the top floor windows, cut a little up and cut a little down, and installed two rows of slightly smaller windows instead. The gap between them is only about a foot – which seems much too narrow if they’ve tried to cram another floor in there. But what else could they be doing? And should we as neighbors be worried? There are no permits posted on the building, though I’m not sure if that’s a requirement? Someone soothe (or stoke) my paranoia!

  • There should definitely be some kind of landmark association started here. There was no reason to move a cornice that had been attached fine for probably 100 years.