857 Broadway on the Northwest corner of Broadway and East 17th Street (Ladies Mile Historic District). Application to renovate storefront and to remove violations for illegal work done without Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) permits.
WHEREAS, This four-story, neo-Grec style converted dwelling was originally built in 1847-48 for Peter Goelet, and was later converted from a private residence to commercial use in the l850's; and
WHEREAS, Signage, awnings, and air conditioning were installed without LPC permission, and according to the applicant have been removed; and
WHEREAS, The proposed installation of storefront guard rails with planters, as well as new colored striped awnings do not seem appropriate to the historic district; and
WHEREAS, The applicant plans to:
repaint the exterior of the building a creamy color, with dark trim that is darkest at the cornice, glass wood doors
remove exterior lighting
have no signage on the slope of the new awnings
remove the exterior roll down gates
and restore transom lights; and
WHEREAS, The applicant plans to replicate what little remains of the original storefronts, using wooden frames; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application with reservations, i.e. the guard rails, planters and striped awnings.The above resolution passed with a vote of 21 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.