August 28th, 2009
We didn’t envision new retail signs being all that newsworthy, but since many (ok six, does that count?) have been asking to post this one, here it is. Baco has installed their new steel sign. So did they clear this modern artistic polished steel sign with The Landmarks Preservation Commission, which regulates changes to the Dumbo Historic District buildings? Well, they aren’t required to get approval since 71 Jay Street does not fall within the Dumbo Historic District (see map below or PDF map.) How did that sliver of area avoid landmarking? The original brownstones that were part of the block got demolished (See prior post: Dumbo Then and Now: 67-73 Jay Street) so there’s really nothing to landmark. The owners of 67, 71, 73 Jay Street can build or rebuild there as desired.
(Arrow points to 71 Jay Street, click for PDF map of Dumbo)