“Plunked amid a phalanx of ornate buildings on Fifth Avenue – structures with classic Greek columns, cast-iron arches, filigreed cresting and intricate friezes – is a two-story stub of a building that has preservationists gnashing their teeth at the Apple Computer Company,” Dennis Hevesi reports for The New York Times. “The preservationists do not particularly want the decidedly unremarkable, 3,550-square-foot building at 136 Fifth Avenue, between 18th and 19th Streets, to be preserved. They are not demanding that its proposed replacement mirror the florid style of its environs.”
“But if Apple hopes to get its plans for a retail store approved by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, the preservationists at least want the building to bear some of the architectural basics of its neighbors. Plans for the site, in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, are subject to commission approval,” Hevesi reports. “Apple’s first plan, to simply replace the aluminum-framed storefront of what had been the Andrews Coffee Shop with a gray limestone facade – its logo of a large once-bitten apple etched into the stone – ran into opposition from Community Board 5, a local advisory body. Its second proposal, said Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, a nonprofit preservation group, ‘presents this flat pane of glass that would be more appropriate to an aquarium.'”
“The landmarks commission will hold a public hearing on the second plan either on Aug. 8 or Aug. 16,” Hevesi reports.
Full article here.
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