Brooklyn Structure: The surviving row homes of Bridge Plaza
It’s not quite central to downtown Brooklyn, Vinegar Hill, or Fort Greene, but this quirky little neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in downtown and, amazingly, still has some preserved row houses from the early and mid-19th centuries.
The small enclave Bridge Plaza is located near Duffield and Concord Streets between the Flatbush Avenue Extension and the ramps to the Manhattan Bridge. Once a much larger residential and commercial district, the construction of the bridge and the ramps and roads that led there destroyed numerous buildings and left an insulated bag in the remaining part.
A recent stroll through the area has shown that the development spurt is palpable in the rest of the city center and that some new residential structures have been completed here that were recently completed and are in the planning stage.
The quaint cottage at 167 Concord Street, possibly from the early 19th century or earlier, is adjacent to a new development site.
A four-story building with seven units is planned on the adjacent property at 171 Concord Street. Infinity Properties NYC is the developer and ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the architect. Both have worked on numerous small and medium-sized infill projects in central Brooklyn.
The property is located at 14 Duffield Street, another early 19th century home, the rear of which was recently demolished.
The brick building, bought by Riverside Developers in June for $ 2.025 million, will double to 65 feet and six stories, and quadruple from three to twelve units, according to DOB records. A rendering on the fence shows a much taller eight-story building towering over its neighbor.
Other development locations are 180 Concord Street and 37 Duffield Street. A four-story, seven-unit building at 49 Duffield Street, which has been in operation since 2004, was completed and received a temporary certificate of occupancy last summer.
Building heights are limited to about six stories, but none of the row houses in the neighborhood are protected, either as an individual New York City landmark or as part of a historic district.
Will they manage to survive the development spurt?
[Photos by Susan De Vries]
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