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Aug 04, 2014

11 2-Story Manufacturing Buildings to Go Up by Steinway Mansion

We often check the Department of Buildings site to see what’s what, and last night we came across something very curious—11 addresses had submitted paperwork to erect a 2 story (…)

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We often check the Department of Buildings site to see what’s what, and last night we came across something very curious—11 addresses had submitted paperwork to erect a 2 story manufacturing building. These lots are all on the perimeter of the Steinway Mansion property, with 10 of them marked by white dots in the photo above (Google only lets us do a maximum of 10 locations).

It looks like there will be indeed 11 buildings built, as each is a different number of feet from its nearest cross street, Berrian Blvd. Each building would be 30 feet high, with 8 enclosed parking spaces in the 1,662 sqft buildings, 10 enclosed parking spaces in the  2,193 sqft buildings, and 12 parking spaces in the 2,585 sqft building. Here are the addresses with their square footage:

18-24 42 STREET, 2,193 sqft
18-30 42 STREET, 2,193 sqft
18-36 42 STREET, 1,662 sqft
18-27 41 STREET, 2,193 sqft
18-22 42 STREET, 2,585 sqft
18-42 42 STREET, 2,193 sqft
18-40 42 STREET, 2,193 sqft
18-34 42 STREET, 1,662 sqft
18-28 42 STREET, 2,193 sqft
18-23 41 STREET, 2,193 sqft
18-21 41 STREET, 2,193 sqft

We’re not sure what the purpose is of these two story buildings—paperwork has not been scanned in just yet—but we’ll keep an eye on it and report back any additional details we come across. If you have any info, shoot us an email, comment, or tweet!

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

5 Comments

MN

WORST NY ARCHITECTURAL NEWS IN A WHILE! This really does break my heart, the Steinway mansion is a house of such incredible history – and now to be surrounded by concrete parking spaces. And those surrounding regal trees – well over 150 years old, living along side the house, to be gone forever. AWFUL! Just, horrible!

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chris sahar

The problem with the area is under Bloomberg it was deemed the Steinway Industrial Zone. There are a few good craft and manufacturing businesses there such as Steinway and Son’s apprenticeship shops and the Motion Pictures Craft and Design I believe.

Another site that is completely disregarded is the Lent Riker Settlement house a little ways over toward East Elmhurst. I spoke to the owner a few years ago. She has taken great care of the house which she inherited from her mother. However she is widowed and struggles to keep up the place. The yard is great and contains a few more recent treasures – the painted cows from 2000 that were displayed throughout the city. I think only two solutions: Steinway Mansion owners and the owner of the Lent House to talk to someone with deep pockets such as the Rubins who have funded this summer the Arts Trolley (from PS1 Moma to Socrates Sculpture Park) or they go to the federal or state level to make it a historic site and park.

Owners of Steinway Mansion and Lent Riker house would benefit to see how the 17th century Dutch farm house in Brooklyn – Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House farmhouse which has been visited and shown support by dignitaries from the Netherlands was able to be preserved as a City park/historic place. It is very far from Manhattan – East Flatbush/Flatlands bordering Brownsville. The only way to get to it is to take a subway and then the B7 which runs erratically and never on schedule.

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chris sahar

The problem with the area is under Bloomberg it was deemed the Steinway Industrial Zone. There are a few good craft and manufacturing businesses there such as Steinway and Son’s apprenticeship shops and the Motion Pictures Craft and Design I believe.

Another site that is completely disregarded is the Lent Riker Settlement house a little ways over toward East Elmhurst. I spoke to the owner a few years ago. She has taken great care of the house which she inherited from her mother. However she is widowed and struggles to keep up the place. The yard is great and contains a few more recent treasures – the painted cows from 2000 that were displayed throughout the city. I think only two solutions: Steinway Mansion owners and the owner of the Lent House to talk to someone with deep pockets such as the Rubins who have funded this summer the Arts Trolley (from PS1 Moma to Socrates Sculpture Park) or they go to the federal or state level to make it a historic site and park.

Owners of Steinway Mansion and Lent Riker house would benefit to see how the 17th century Dutch farm house in Brooklyn – Wyckoff Bennett farmhouse which has been visited and shown support by dignitaries from the Netherlands was able to be preserved as a City park/historic place. It is very far from Manhattan – East Flatbush/Flatlands bordering Brownsville. The only way to get to it is to take a subway and then the B7 which runs erratically and never on schedule.

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Sarah Bean

That’s incredibly disappointing. What a waste of the space. Wish more could have been done to preserve that property. Now the mansion will be left to decay surrounded by industrial buildings and all the grounds will be gone. Money wins the battle.

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