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Staten Island Beach Houses Threatened; EVil Teardown Reaction

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STATEN ISLAND?Beach bungalows on Staten Island? They exist, barely. Cedar Grove, a collection of 41 pre-war bungalows in New Dorp, survived the wrecking ball of eminent domain in the 1960s, which wiped out other beach clubs on the Staten Island shore for an expressway that was never built. The land is owned by the city, which leases it back to the club, and the Parks Department has announced plans to demolish the cottages. The campaign to save the historic beach houses is reaching the critical stage, and the Historic Districts Council is on the case. Check out the letter calling on the city to save the place. There is also a Facebook group, of course. [HDC]

EAST VILLAGE?The lawyer for developer/landlord Ben Shaoul was pretty pleased about the BSA's ruling that let part of a rooftop addition to 514-516 East 6th Street stand, even if the penthouse level on the tenement buildings has to be torn down for fire safety purposes. The tenants' lawyer is also taking a victory lap, saying in a press release, "While the strongest message would have been a requirement that all of the illegal construction come down, tenants have sent a clear signal that the Department of Buildings and landlords will be held accountable for ignoring the law and basic protections given to tenants." Guess they'll have to agree to disagree. [CurbedWire Inbox]