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More Heavy Metal Backlash in Carroll Gardens

May 31st, 2007 · 4 Comments


That sound you hear at the on Smith Street near the Carroll Street subway stop? It’s the noise of the community organizing to try to seriously change a building planned for Smith Street and Second Place. The image above is a rendering someone in the neighborhood created and put on a flyer showing how what we’ve called the Heavy Metal Building might look. A resident also emailed us to say:

Word on the street here is this largely Italian-American and professional/Wall Street Community wants to take a postion that “yes, we know development is going to happen, but let’s aim for sane/sound architecture based on sane/sound architectural and city planning principles not just put up a big ole metal box that makes some greedy developer with no conscience or sense of style the quickest buck possible before he hightails it out of here on his way to ruin some other innocent Brooklyn block. Sure to be at issue are the height of the building as well as the beloved PLAZA in front of the train where in fact many people love to hang out while they wait for the train upstairs in the air and sunlight!

The photo below is the mural that appears to have gone up on a wall in the little plaza at the entrance to the subway station. It was sent to us by a reader late last night, and could be Brooklyn’s first Robert Scarano-related mural. (Mr. Scarano’s firm has designed the proposed building.)

Still developing.

Smith Street Mural

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Tags: Architecture · Carroll Gardens

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // May 31, 2007 at 8:47 am

    It’s above a subway station and is a tiny 8 stories. I don’t understand what you morons are bitching about.

  • 2 Anonymous // May 31, 2007 at 9:16 am

    This developer makes not even the slightest attempt to meld the design with the neighborhood. This jerks think they can just run over the residents of BK. That design belongs on 3rd ave/Gowanus or Redhook or in the new downtown BK that these developers (and city officials they pay off via campaign finance or outright cash….) are allowing to be turned into a bland ugly city suburban mall….these developers may live in some huge god for awful mc mansion in Jersey close to a mall full of fancy brand names and these guys think that’s swell and what everyone wants and should aspire to….yuk, these dopes want to marginalize any intelligent life in BK

  • 3 Anonymous // May 31, 2007 at 9:23 am

    why are these builders trying to build here in Brooklyn when there is lots of room in LES and downtown say Lafayatte below canal where they could put up shiney much much taller buildings to cater to the vapid young white wall street set? and gee they would have lots of shopping, and carry out and resturants and many more subway options…why are they not smashing all the trashed buidlngs in LES and below that quite a few qualify as “blighted” far more than the so called blighted Flatbush area or tearing down blgs in Carrol Gardens????? keep the UGLY shiney bldgs in Manhattan along with the vapid Wall street punks.

  • 4 Anonymous // May 31, 2007 at 11:20 am

    ummm… Yes that’s exactly the kind of density I want to see built over a subway station for chrissake.