Saturday, January 3, 2015

Holding up the Walls

John D. Morrell, 1962 (Brooklyn Visual Heritage)

The impressive building at 6002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, on the Borough Park/Dyker Heights border has been variously used as a dairy processing center for Borden Milk Company, Pontiac showroom (see above), roller rink, and a variety of other smaller businesses. In 2005, the owner, claiming "hardship and changes in the area" applied to convert the building to mixed residential & retail space, with parking, and was granted a variance. Nine years later, 6002 is undergoing a Karl Fischer "alteration" to become a five-storey residential building.

Basically there are just two walls left here, with everything else demolished.  It's good to see a handsome facade like this retained, but to the naive observer, the work permits issued for these kinds of massive jobs seem awfully skimpy.

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