132 Second Place back in 2008
Photo taken last week
132 Second Place with extra floor, but stoop was still there...
and on Monday this week, after stoop was hacked off.
The last five years have been unkind to 132 Second Place, a four story brownstone between Court Street and Smith Street. What started in 2005 as a vertical and horizontal enlargement, quickly turned into a comedy of errors, DOB violations and stop-work orders. Add to that a change in ownership and a time in limbo after the Carroll Gardens Wide Street Text Amendment and Contextual Rezoning, which all contributed to long delays.
First, in 2006 , the structure's back wall collapsed into the neighbor's yard.
After some stop-work orders, work resumed and a fifth floor was added to the existing structure.
Recently, new permits have be re-issued and work has resumed. In the last few days, crews have filled a dumpster with debris.
On Monday, the crew took a sledgehammer to the stoop and whacked it off, completing this old building's re-muddle.
More optimistic minds might say that a new stoop will be added. That could be, of course, but given the recent history of the building, I doubt it.
That's one less nice old brownstone in the neighborhood and one more poster child for land-marking the neighborhood.