The development proposed for 207 West 79th street between Broadway and Amsterdam received a cold reception at the Landmarks Preservation Commission this week, and the members sent the architects back to the drawing board, asking them to build something more distinctive and in line with the neighborhood. They particularly didn’t like the balconies.
According to Curbed, the 14 public comments were overwhelmingly negative.
79th Street resident Robin Green called it the proposal a “sore thumb.” One UWS resident called it a “scar on the West Side.” A resident of the corner of 79th and Amsterdam said there would be “collateral damage.”
Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal doesn’t just dislike the building, she opposes the demolition altogether: “its height, in a mix with other buildings on the block allow for views of distinct buildings, such as the Lucerne, and allow for the air and light that make that area so special.”
“It is regrettable that the existing building no longer retains the architectural value of its sister buildings to the west, but the building’s lack of distinctive style should not allow for an out of context building to be put in its place,” said Borough President Gale Brewer.
The commission didn’t reject the plan outright; instead, they told the architect to come back with a better plan.
Read the full account at Curbed.