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Keep building: A South Street Seaport development makes sense

Keep building: A South Street Seaport development makes sense
On the parcel of land at 250 Water St., just inside the western boundary of the South Street Seaport Historic district, there was once a five-story thermometer factory. The climate changed, so to speak, and it and other buildings were long ago demolished. For the past 60 years, the land there has been vacant or a parking lot, currently the largest empty space in any of New York City’s 149 historic districts and extensions.

, just inside the western boundary of the South Street Seaport Historic district, there was once a five-story thermometer factory.Rather, the LPC’s job is to judge whether the buildings’ design fits into the historic district.A historic district is supposed to “create a distinct sense of place,” the LPC explains.And while the proposed apartment towers would indeed be tall, they abut the historic district’s edge, blending into a skyline of taller skyscrapers behind them, like Frank Gehry’s wavy Spruce Street building nearby.

For the past 60 years, the land there has been vacant or a parking lot, currently the largest empty space in any of New York City’s 149 historic districts and extensions.It’s not commissioners’ role to decide whether that land would better serve the city by remaining as a parking lot or becoming apartments.

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