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461 Park Avenue (corner of Park and 57th Street) (Ritz Tower), application to repair the exterior marquee on 57th Street

WHEREAS, The building is a Classical Revival style building, designed by Emory Roth and Thomas Hastings and built in 1925; and

WHEREAS, The existing marquee has been damaged by trucks, despite the installation of sidewalk bollards, due to the projection of the marquee out to the curb line; and

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to otherwise restore the historic marquee to its original condition, but will cut back one bay of coffers (or 2’-9” back from the curb) which is cause for some concern; and

WHEREAS, The restoration of the marquee will increase the clear height from the sidewalk to the underside of the marquee by somewhere between 8” to 16”, but it is not certain that this increase would protect the marquee from further damage by trucks without bringing it back from the curb line;  and

WHEREAS, The applicant has indicated willingness to restore the underside of the marquee soffit as well with historical pressed metal material, instead of the existing aluminum closure panels; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness application to repair the exterior marquee at 461 Park Avenue on 57th Street.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 18 in favor, 4 opposed, 3 abstentions. 

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