200 Smith Street In October 2010
Gone by November 14th 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Local residents were more than a bit surprised back in mid-November, when the three-story structure at 200 Smith Street/325 Baltic Street that once housed Jessie's Brooklyn Kitchen was entirely demolished. From start to finish, the demolition only took a few days, especially since construction crews worked late into the evening and threw the debris right into a waiting dump truck that carted everything away immediately.
No wonder crews worked so quickly: it turns out that the demolition of the building was illegal.
The NYC Department Of Buildings had only issued permits for a "proposed horizontal enlargement of the 3rd floor", not a complete demo. After several 311 calls were made by local residents, the agency issued a complete stop-work order on December 6th. The violation reads:
"Existing three-story building approx. 23'x30' has been demolished to grade level without required permit. Stop work order issued pursuant to 28-2072 and posted at site."
Of course, the former building at the site, with its vinyl windows and red siding, had lost its dignity long ago. However, one can only imagine what will be built in its place. Stay tuned.