When the Church of the Redeemer announced it would demolish its Gothic Revival structure at 24 4th Avenue at Pacific Street last year, the plan ignited community protest. Carolynn DiFiore Balmelle of the East Pacific Street Block Association updated us on the group’s continuing efforts to save the church. Since last July they have been fighting to repurpose the building, which was used as a school back in the ’70s. DiFiore Balmelle reached out to area preschools to gauge interest in moving into the structure; two schools seriously considered it and were given a tour last month. There’s still resistance from the church, though: Although they could charge an annual rent of $400,000 for the space, they are arguing that it would take $4 million to get the building back up to snuff. The church’s original plan was to demolish for a mixed-use building, including a new church and residential units. DiFiore Balmelle estimates that the existing structure, which needs its roof, electricity, and plumbing replaced, needs $2 million in repairs. She isn’t hopeful that the church will ultimately agree to rent out or repair the building. There also isn’t hope that Landmarks will step in to designate this building, which will soon be 160 years old. The community is holding another meeting to talk strategy, organize protest, and gain more support on Tuesday, April 30. It’ll be held at the YWCA at 30 3rd Avenue at 7 pm.
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Come out to Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend to enjoy spring temperatures and classical music played on a floating barge off Fulton Ferry slip. Violinist Mara Milkis and pianist Francine Kay will play tunes from Telemann, Prokofiev, Schubert and Schumann Friday evening at 7 pm. Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and $15 for students, and can […]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Park Place Station, Franklin Avenue Shuttle Address: 605 Park Place Cross Streets: Franklin and Classon Avenues Neighborhood: Crown Heights North Year Built: Original station-1900, rebuilt 1906. This station-1999 Architectural Style: Vaguely Mission style Architect: Unknown MTA architects; railings and gates by Isha Shabaka Landmarked: No The story: The history […]
Signage has gone up in the windows of 602 Vanderbilt Avenue, where restaurant 606 R&D is preparing to expand with takeout and groceries. The spinoff, to be called R&D Foods, will have a counter with seating, according to the website. Offerings will include prepared foods, vegetables, sandwiches, deli items, breads, pastry, donuts, and coffee. There will […]
The first thing you notice about the red brick and brownstone Queen Anne at 196 Hancock is the exceptional exterior. Designed by architect Gilbert Alphonse Schellenger, the house was built in the early 1880s, according to Save Bedford Stuyvesant. Inside there are plenty of original details, including parquet floors, elaborate fretwork screens, mantels, a pier mirror, shutters […]