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To: Marty Markowitz, Borough president, Brooklyn
Where did the
Pursuant to the laws of 1846 & 1850, (copies previously submitted),
the area of FRIST,SECOND,THIRD AND FOURTH PLACES,
were created and mapped for residential development.
The streets, which were originally called CARRIAGE WAYS,
Were Established at only TWENTY-FOUR (24) FEET wide, no larger than any other street lying in a WEST to ESAT direction, in the immediate area of
The laws further provided for THIRTEEN (13) FEET sidewalks on
each side of the
As residential buildings were developed, the COURTYARDS were to be used and controlled “exclusively by the adjoining landowner”. The COURTYARDS had restrictive covenants thereon, such as, building thereon was not permitted.
There is nothing stated in the laws of 1846 and 1850 that indicate these PLACE-BLOCKS were to be considered WIDE STREETS. In my 70 plus years I do not recall any PUBLIC REVIEW or any procedure resembling a ULURP procedure to declare them WIDE STREETS.
Since 1846 & 1850 until recently, there was never an issue of WIDE STREETS. It is only within the last couple of years, the BUILDING DEPARTMENT (or the Department of City Planning, in their “infinite wisdom” , ADMINISTRATIVELY, not as a result of any open community forum, and/or review, declared them WIDE STREETS. And, as a result, started to issue building permits to Developers permitting them to build up to SEVENTY (70) FEET in an area where existing buildings are only 45 to 50 feet.
As a result Developers are DESTROYING our neighborhood for profit, based on an “ADMINISTRATIVE LOOPHOLE” created by the Building Department and the Department of City Planning. It appears they are using the distance between the face of the buildings on the north side of the street to the face of the buildings on the south side of the street , amounting to ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN FEET (116’) TEN AND A HALH INCHES (10 ½ “) to classify it as a WIDE STREET.
They failed to take the STREET as it was originally planned is only TWENTY-FOUR FETT wide. Certainly NOT a
So, I repeat, where did the
There is only one nswer:
The Building Department and/or The Department of City Planning ADMINISTRATIVELY made the decision to classify them as WIDE STREETS, in error of the mathematics above, to permit developers to build their “OUT OF CONTEXT” buildings and heights and destroy our neighborhood.
There is one on
This charade must be stopped.
I respectfully urge the Borough President to advise the Department of City Planning to expedite the reversal of the
Frank. J. Verderame
Former NYS Assemblyman
Cc: Copies of the Laws of 1846 & 1850
(previously submitted by mail)