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136 Fifth Avenue, application to construct a new façade and storefront

WHEREAS, This is the remnant of a four-story row house built in 1850, converted to commercial use in 1900 to1950, in 1960, fire destroyed the top two floors, and, since 1982, housing the Andrews Coffee Shop; and

WHEREAS, Apple Computers, the applicant, seeks to remove the existing two-story cladding of the building, replacing it with a grey limestone (Pietra Serena) facade above the storefront, and extending it above the current roof top and surrounding it with a 1/2 inch reveal; and

WHEREAS, The current 18 inch bulkhead will be removed to accommodate a 10 foot high glass storefront, recessed 7 1/2 inches from the building line, but flush with the sidewalk; and

WHEREAS, An internally illuminated white Apple logo will be placed in the center of the new store facade, as the sole identifying signage; and

 WHEREAS, This design is not sympathetic to the historic district; therefore be it

 RESOLVED, That Manhattan Community Board Five does not approve the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for 136 Fifth Avenue.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 21 in favor, 5 opposed, 3 abstentions.   

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