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5 West 20th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues (Ladies Mile Historic District), application to remove and replace the second floor windows.

WHEREAS, 5 West 20th Street is a five story store and loft style building located in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, Upon inspection of this site, it is believed the original late 19th – early 20th century architectural elements are mostly intact, with some need for restoration; and

WHEREAS, The second floor of the building façade originally was composed primarily of glass, containing three windows measuring approximately 8’-0” wide X 9’-0” tall, with wood and metal surrounds; and

WHEREAS, At some point in the 1950’s or 1960’s, prior to designation of the Ladies Mile Historic District, the second floor windows were cut-up and reframed to accommodate installation of air conditioners; and

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to remove the existing windows, and to replace these with three new hopper style windows, in which the bottom sections will flip outward; and

WHEREAS, The proposed new windows will have anodized bronze surrounds; and

WHEREAS, We believe that these new windows would be reminiscent of the display case style very typically found in the Ladies Mole Historic District; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to remove and replace the second floor windows at 5 West 20th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 27 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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