A demo permit was approved for 205 12th Street in mid-May, and destruction of the house began this week, courtesy of Blanche Pessolano of Best Buy Demo. We remember all too well the Pessolano/Marie Grasso Best Buy/MMG team, a rather notorious crew. Here's the Daily News on Grasso back in 2009:
Marie Grasso may be the city's ultimate home-wrecker. The Staten Island demolition company owner is No. 1 on the list of building code scofflaws. Grasso has run up more than $1 million in fines by routinely violating building code safety rules, permitting conditions that injured workers and undermined the stability of adjacent properties. Yet the city continues to award her permits to knock down more buildings.
205, close by the path of the old Gowanus Road,
I tried to do a little amateurish digging around online to find out more about the house, and came across a single, quiet line, buried in records from a century back, apparently recording the approval of a permit. An epitaph, of sorts.
Lizzie Pleiche, to keep 15 chickens at No. 205 Twelfth St. The City Record, November, 1906
Further reading, with links:
Disappearing on 12th Street
Declining Price in the Brooklyn Boom?
Gowanus Historic District Shelved, Not Nixed (Brownstoner)
A Preservationist Explains Why Gowanus Could Be Listed as a Historic Place (Brownstoner)
State will not move forward with historic district designation of Gowanus due to overwhelming opposition (Daily News)
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