26 September 2007

Landmarks Commission Throws a Little Sugar Domino's Way

Yesterday, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to grant landmark status to the former Domino Sugar Plant. The move was expected, but still comes as a relief. At least one part of the old Brooklyn waterfront will be preserved.

The commission cherry-picked a cluster of three brick buildings
completed in 1884 known as the filter, pan and finishing houses. The rest of the complex can be knocked down any old time. No word on what will happen to the big Domino sign, which is attached to one of the non-landmarked buildings. And, of course, the plans still are to surround the refinery with a bunch of 30-40 story condo towers, which, you know, will be, probably, you know, ugly. One step forward, two steps back.

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