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133 Fifth Avenue, application for the removal of existing windows on floors three thru nine and installation of new replacement windows with aluminum double-hung unit

WHEREAS, 133 Fifth Avenue, a neo-Renaissance, stone face store and loft building designed by Robert Maynicke, built in 1898-99; and

WHEREAS, The applicant-owner seeks to remove the original wood frame windows from the third through seventh floors, as well as the segmented arched windows on the eighth floor, and the full arch windows on the ninth floor on both facades of the building; and

WHEREAS, The replacement windows will have aluminum frames, double-hung with insulated glass; and

WHEREAS, The owner expects to use this building and occupy all units as a family residence when current tenants' leases expire, and, at that time, central air-conditioning will be installed, allowing the removal of existing, window air-conditioning units; and

WHEREAS, The committee is concerned with the diminution of glass when replaced by aluminum sashes, and the applicant states that the manufacturer of the replacements has been charged with producing windows with the smallest loss of glass as possible; and

WHEREAS, The applicant states that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has already approved the removal of the existing windows and their replacement with aluminum; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Manhattan Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the removal of existing windows on the third through ninth floors and installation of new replacement windows with aluminum double hung units at 133 Fifth Avenue.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 21 in favor, 6 opposed, 1 abstention.

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