2-4 East 52nd Street, aka 651-653 Fifth Avenue, (Cartier) Application for storefront modifications, removal of a canopy and construction of a rooftop addition
WHEREAS, 2 East 52nd Street aka 651-653 Fifth Avenue (Morton and Nellie Plant House), now occupied by the retail store Cartier, is an individually landmarked building, built in 1905 as a residence for the Plant Family in an era when Fifth Avenue housed the mansions of the Astors, Goulds, Belmonts and Vanderbilts; and
WHEREAS, Cartier has been a continuous occupant of the building for 94 years and has had a prominent retail presence at this location making it an integral part of the Fifth Avenue Shopping District; and
WHEREAS, Cartier, has applied to modify the Fifth Avenue storefront by reducing the four existing bays to three bays, improving the appearance and access to the building using materials and design elements consonant with the existing building; and
WHEREAS, The application includes the removal of a non-historic canopy on the East 52nd Street facade; and
WHEREAS, The Applicant requests approval of a 550 sq. ft. rooftop addition, not visible from the street, for use as an event space in conjunction with an existing rooftop terrace area; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for storefront modifications, removal of a canopy and construction of a rooftop addition at 2-4 East 52nd Street, aka 651-653 Fifth Avenue, (Cartier).
The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 2 abstaining.