Federal-Style 140 Bowery Loses Trademark Dormers

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 at 6:42 am by

Carve another notch in the wall for historically significant structural victims along the beloved Bowery. Since the beginning of 2010, three separate buildings, each dating back more than a century, were handed death sentences. The first victim was the elegant townhouse at 185 Bowery, which lost its upper floors in anticipation of a new CitizenM monstrosity yet to arrive (landmarking would throw off demolition efforts); one year later 35 Cooper Square was torn down amidst a cacophony of community outcry. Meanwhile, 135 Bowery remains on death row after City Council all but ruined its bid for landmarking back in September.

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We revisit the issue because another endangered Federal-style house was just attacked across the street – 140 Bowery. Alas, a quiet deconstruction has already befallen the two-story brick building, currently home to Lighting Library and Classic Lighting. Scaffolding arrived on scene last month with a DOB-permit-backed promise of  replacing “existing roof rafters and interior insulation.” Little did we know that this would spell a fly-by-night beheading for this tough veteran. Both of the trademark dormers were excised from the rooftop not too long ago, leaving a pair of tarps to offer protection from the elements.

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This latest bad news comes eight months to the day after 140 Bowery was listed for sale, stoking these exact fears.

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The Bowery is losing its soul one building at a time.

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