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Brooklyn Municipal Building Makeover Approved by Landmarks

After denying one renovation plan in early June, the Landmark Preservation Commission gave 210 Joralemon Street, more fondly known as the Brooklyn Municipal Building, a break and voted yes on the plans to upgrade the first few stories and add a whole lot of commercial signage.

Of course, the LPC didn't do so without some criticism first (where would the fun be in that?). It was almost unanimous around the table that the offending advertising would have to go, or at least be downgraded to subtle (read: up to hipster par). Blade signs and garish printing on each awning were quickly nixed. "The coolest places in New York have no signs at all," one commission member said.

Another member, Diana Chapin, recommended that the developers "make sure to mute the color scheme." We don't know particularly what's so offensive about cream-colored walls and the oxidized green shade of the roof, but apparently it's gotta go. The ultimate requirements handed down by the LPC: that the second floor lettering be reduced from 2.6" to 2", the blade signs would be removed, and only above-storefront entrances would have any sort of typography on them.

UPDATE: Commissioner Diana Chapin says she did not make any comments regarding the building's color scheme. Curbed regrets the error.

?Arabella Watters
· Brooklyn Municipal Building coverage [Curbed]