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48 Bond Street, New York, United States 
Wednesday 21 May 2008
 
Noho extension unanimously approved 
 
images c/o Wade Zimmerman 
 
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Editorial

Extension will appease unhappy residents 

An application for the extension of the Noho Historic District in New York has been unanimously approved by the Landmarks Preservation committee. 56 buildings will now be included in the area which will have severe building restrictions placed upon it to preserve the historical status. The Noho Historic District was first designated in 1999 after 3 year of campaigning by long-standing locals who were keen to preserve to area. Far from rejecting any modern designs, however, Noho is fast becoming an area known for its architectural elegance, not least due to the scrutiny of the locals.

The residents are notoriously hard to please but one recent design within the district has been met by approval. A Deborah Berke design for residencies was recently completed in the area and has been welcomed by the locals. Built on one of Manhattan’s few remaining cobbled streets, 48 Bond Street has brought a sleek and stylish facade to the area using slate and glass reaching to the same heights as the adjacent buildings. The residences have similarly well balanced interiors. Walnut floors and bay windows combine with recessed architectural lighting and concealed home offices to accommodate a modern-classical lifestyle. This effort has paid off with both the acceptance of the locals and the sale of all of the available apartments.

While 48 Bond Street ticks all the right boxes, other developments are not so accepted. Noho’s own website dedicated to the scrutiny of new buildings in the area (nohomanhattan.org) speaks of another Noho address, 363 Lafayette@ Great Jones: “Though a confusing design (at best), the proposed six-story building will preserve many of the lot line windows in contiguous buildings. The applicant will be seeking a variance for residential and groundfloor retail and may be amenable to a restriction on bars or restaurants. The 20 Bond St. Co-Op is still negotiating with the developer for a more compatible design. The billboard erected inside the fencing at this location is, unfortunately, legal !

Another blogger was upset by another development: “Some jerk is going to sweep in here, buy this lot, tear this down, and build another glass condo on this block. It's just too perfect not to and that's exactly what's happening directly around the corner on 4 different sites. I couldn't sleep all night even after taking two Ambien. I woke up completely wrecked and I'm going back to Plantworks today to talk to the owner.”

The new extension of the district will no-doubt ensure that further developments will be subject to a similar level of scrutiny in the future.

Niki May Young
News Editor

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Deborah Berke & Partners Architects LLP
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