Next on the chopping block, as a tipster put it, is the boyhood home of Lenny Kravitz, a small wood frame house on a large lot at 368 Throop Avenue in Bed Stuy. Technically, the house will not be demolished but just altered. But plans, which call for a third story addition, extensions to the front and rear of the building, and six units rather than two, will probably render it unrecognizable inside and out. An application for an Alt-1 permit was disapproved in February.
The two-family frame house looks Italianate, which means it was likely built sometime between 1850 and 1880. It belonged to Al and Bessie Roker, the parents of Roxie Roker, a journalist and actress best known for playing Helen Willis on the sitcom The Jeffersons. She was the mother of musician Lenny Kravitz, who was born in New York City and lived at the house on weekends until his family moved to Los Angeles in 1974 when he was 10, according to The New York Times and IMDB. The senior Rokers sold the house in 1987, according to public records.
“This is so sad. We are losing our neighborhood building by building,” said another reader. Click through to the jump to see the side of the house.