Closing Bell: City to Demolish Landmarked Greek Revival Wood Frame in Wallabout

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    We’re sad to report that the city plans to demolish the crumbling mid-19th century wood frame at 69 Vanderbilt Avenue in the Wallabout Historic District. The HPD filed an emergency demolition permit last week.

    A complaint from June said the house was shaking and leaning, and the DOB report said “front porch is unstable…neighboring houses may be in danger.”

    Back in August after the construction fence went up we speculated the city had no plans to tear it down. Unfortunately, we were wrong.

    “The New York Landmarks Conservancy has had No. 69 on its endangered list for years,” said the New York Times’ Christopher Grey in 2010. “There are only two ways it could get off the list, and right now it’s more likely to go feet first.”

    Thanks to Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership for the tip and the photo.

    69 Vanderbilt Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
    Photo by Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project LDC

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