Developer Abe Resnick was once known for such notorious misdeeds against art deco as the now-famous demolition of the New Yorker Hotel. Now his grandson, Andrew Resnick, is proposing a tower addition to a block of historic art deco buildings on Washington Avenue, between 6th and 7th streets, including the particularly notable Friedman's Bakery (known as one of the earliest buildings on which Leonard Horowitz tried out his art deco color palette in the early revitalization days), which is now a Manolo. A tipster sent in the snap above from yesterday's Washington Avenue Blue Ribbon Panel meeting.
The new structure, designed by Kobi Karp, would have 70 condos, 171 hotel rooms, and 40,000 square feet of office space above the ground floor retail. It would also be a big honking building over a one/two story row of shops and cafes. The tipster points out that the proposal greatly exceeds the currently allowed zoning in height and in floor area ratio. It would require a voter referendum, as well as the city commission to alter the height limits, and to lower the parking requirements. In other words, Andy's got his work cut out for him.
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