There's good news and bad news on the Brooklyn wrecking ball front today.
1) Good News. There may be progress toward a non-demolition solution for Clinton Hill's Broken Angel, which has been threatened since a fire led to a vacate order and demolition threat. There's a meeting between the city, the owner and an architect tomorrow to come up with a plan for the building. The architect, Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture, emailed to say they "are partnering" with the owner to "save the unique building." We don't know who'll pay, though. The city said if it brings the building up to code, it will put a lien on it.
2) Bad News. The wrecking ball is definitely closing in on Admirals Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. There was a press event yesterday announcing development plans including 400,000 square feet of commercial space and a 60,000 square foot supermarket. The event included many statements that the historic buildings are so deteriorated they cannot be saved. Brownstoner called the demolition defense "a giant shovel-ful of b.s."
· Who Will Fix Broken Angel? [Curbed]
· Admirals Row Sunk [NYDN]
· Marty and Mayor Deal Death Blow to Brooklyn History [Brownstoner]