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870 Broadway and 18th Street (Ladies’ Mile Historic District), application to replace the storefront

WHEREAS, 870 Broadway is an altered Italianate-style rowhouse built in 1847-48 as a private residence, altered in 1915 with a commercial style façade, and was the birthplace of the world famous department store Bergdorf Goodman, (in 1899, it was home to a tailoring establishment owned by Herman Bergdorf, where Edwin Goodman was an employee); and

WHEREAS, Currently the building is a commercial space with retail on the ground floor; and

WHEREAS, The applicant wants to replace the existing storefront with a new storefront infill and relocate entrances to the building and retail space; and

WHEREAS, The proposed storefront will retain the existing 3 cast iron pilasters, and will be made of painted wood (color to match the existing windows above) and glass; and

WHEREAS, The applicant represented to Community Board Five that at this time there will be no exterior lighting, no operable windows and no security gate installed; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That provided the retail and commercial entrances are made ADA compliant, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to replace the storefront at 870 Broadway.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 29 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.  

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