The Row over Admiral’s Row

A visitor walks away from the leaning property Q on the Admirals Row property

A visitor walks away from the leaning property Q on the Admiral's Row property

The Admiral’s Row, located west of Fort Greene in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a line of 10 vacant mansions that may be awaiting difficult fates.

The once stately mansions, however, sit on a six-acre property that could be an asset to the United States National Guard, the owner of the estate. Last Spring, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, which oversees the entire Navy Yard including the Admiral’s Row, issued a request for proposals. Submissions ranged from condominiums to retail spaces, but the most favored submission was a supermarket, which would in turn, demolish the mansions.

“If the city don’t take those buildings down, the vines will,” said Vera Hernandez, a resident of 202 Front Street. “We need fresh fruit for the growing kids in this neighborhood.”

The mansions are noticeably unkempt, but that does not stop others from fighting for their preservation. The Municipal Arts Society, a non-profit “membership organization that fights for intelligent urban planning, design and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy,” strongly disagrees with the National Guard and BDNYC for not trying to preserve the historic space.

“The neighborhood has seen the buildings as a blight,” said Melissa Baldock, a Kress Fellow for Historic Preservation and Public Policy at MAS. “But these are sites that are historic to New York City and I think there is a solution to this problem of produce versus preservation.”

In July, MAS proposed several solutions, which have space allotted for a grocery store and a parking lot while preserving the 10 buildings.

Yet there is another outstanding issue—the local businesses that run along Front Street. “If the city opens up a supermarket, they’re shutting me down,” said Reuben Jimenez, the owner of Dothlomia Deli on Front Street. “What are they going to do about us little guys?”

To learn more about the Municipal Arts Society and their plans, visit:

http://mas.org/preservation/admiralsrow/

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One response to “The Row over Admiral’s Row

  1. The Row over Admiral’s Row
    September 15, 2009 · Leave a Comment

    A visitor walks away from the leaning property Q on the Admiral’s Row property CAPTION IS CLUNKY AND UNDRAMATIC; SHOULD CONVEY THAT AMONG OTHER THINGS, YOU CAN’T REALLY BE THERE
    The Admiral’s Row, located west NORTH of Fort Greene in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a line of 10 vacant mansions I’M NOT SURE THAT’S RIGHT that may be awaiting difficult fates. IT’S MORE LIKE THEY’RE ON THE POINT OF DEATH AND AWAITING THE COUP DE GRACE.
    The once stately mansions, REP FROM GRAPH ONE however, WHY HOWEVER? sit on a six-acre property that could be an asset JUST SAY BELONGS to the United States National Guard, CUT: the owner of the estate. Last Spring, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, which oversees the entire Navy Yard including the Admiral’s Row, issued a request for proposals WHAT IS AN RFP? ALSO,. NEED TO EXPLAIN WHY, IF NATIONAL GUARD IS OWNER, NAVY YARD IS IN CONTROL. Submissions REPSONSES URGED EVERYTHING FROM ranged from condominiums to retail spaces, but the most favored submission CLUNKY–THE PROPOSAL THAT SEEMS TO HAVE GATHERED THE MOST PUBLIC SUPPORT was a supermarket, WHOSE CONSTRUCTION WOULD REQUIRE THE DEMOLITION OF THE BUILDINGS. which would in turn, demolish the mansions.
    “If the city don’t take those buildings down, the vines will,” said Vera Hernandez, a resident of 202 Front Street. “We need fresh fruit for the growing kids in this neighborhood.” FLIP THIS QUOTE BECAUSE SECOND PART IS THE ONE THAT CONNECTS TO PRECEDING GRAPH. THEN PUT ‘SHE ADDS’ BEFORE SECOND PART OF QUOTE.

    YOU MIGHT ADD A LIST OF OTHERS WHO SUPPORT THIS, AND A QUOTE FROM ONE OF THEM–LOTS OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND THE COMMUNITY BOARD ON RECORD ON THAT.
    The mansions are noticeably unkempt, but that does not stop others from fighting for their preservation. I’D GO WITH SOMETHING MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD: NEVERTHELESS, THE CRUMBLING HOUSES HAVE THEIR DEFENDERS. The Municipal Arts Society, a non-profit WHY THE QUOTES HERE, SUGGESTS THAT YOU’RE SKEPTICAL, JUST MODIFY THE WORDING–AN INFLUENTIAL PLANNING AND PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUP “membership organization that fights for intelligent urban planning, design and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy,” strongly STATE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IN THE POSITIVE, NOT THE NEGATIVE–THEY WANT TO SEE THE BUILDINGS PRESERVED. disagrees with the National Guard and BDNYC for not trying to preserve the historic space.
    “The neighborhood has seen the buildings as a blight,” said Melissa Baldock, a Kress Fellow for Historic Preservation and Public Policy at MAS. “But these are sites that are historic to New York City and I think there is a solution to this problem of produce versus preservation.” CAN YOU TAKE TWO SENTENCES TO TELL US WHY THEY ARE HISTORIC, AND ALSO HOW THE MAS PROPOSAL WOULD FIND SPACE FOR BOTH BUILDINGS AND MARKET?
    In July, MAS proposed several solutions, which have space allotted for a grocery store and a parking lot while preserving the 10 buildings.
    REWRITE THIS SENTENCE TO INDICATE A SECOND ANTI-SUPERMARKET CONSTITUENCY: Yet there is another outstanding issue—the local businesses that run along Front Street. “If the city opens up a supermarket, they’re shutting me down,” said Reuben Jimenez, the owner of Dothlomia Deli on Front Street. “What are they going to do about us little guys?”
    I’D PUT THIS LINK HIGHER UP, WHERE YOU DISCUSS THEIR SCHEME.
    To learn more about the Municipal Arts Society and their plans, visit:
    http://mas.org/preservation/admiralsrow/

    OK EFFORT, NEEDS MORE WORK IN THE CRAFT DEPARTMENT (TOO MANY CLUNKY PASSAGES) AND ONE OR TWO MORE QUOTES OR AT LEAST A LIST OF SUPPORTERS/DETRACTORS. STRUCTURE IS SOUND.

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