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I moved into the area after the condos had already been built. There was definitely some appropriation of people's backyards, but my neighbors had led me to believe half the block had been razed. It's strange to see such a vast, open lot in such a condensed neighborhood. I've still got issues with the building, but is anything ever going to move into the first-floor offices? They look awful. Where you been lately, Set Speed? Stuff like this is why we need you.
The developers are waiting for approval from the Attorney General to sub-divide the office space. That's the cause of the delay in construction. I do wish they'd cover up the windows, at least, until the build-out is done.
that space was a community garden. some friends lived in a brownstone on adelphi and lost 1/2 their back yard including a giant oak tree. the worst part was that the condos blocked out every ounce of sun to the back windows of their home.
That whole space wasn't a community garden. Most of it was an empty lot. The land used for the garden is still there, except now it collects trash and such. Strangely poetic.
The last poster is incorrect. The land for the community garden is no longer there, the parking lot extension has been built on top of it. The arial photo is of the empty lot and community garden that was adjacent to it after the community garden's trees, shrubs and fence where taken down. The garden was on its own fenced lot between the corner lot and the houses on Adelphi. All of the Adelphi properties backing onto the former community garden lot have lost about 1/3 to 1/2 of their former back lots, as well as loss of light. The developer paid to put up some fencing and some landscaping in the back yards of those homes, but no doubt, it would have reduced the value of those 3 or 4 brownstones on Adelphi.
This area had a lot of empty lots, because these bldgs were torn down years ago by fire and such. The nabe has not been good until just recently and nobody wanted to build there until now. For the case of backyards, each lot has it's size per the BBL reports by the city. The lots for these new bldgs were per the surveys. And too bad for the other people's light, hey it's NY.
On the bright side, some people with residences to the north, east, and west of the Greene House now get MORE light, because the building is made of a reflective material. When the sun hits the building, it shines brightly down on the rest of the 'hood.
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