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Old 07-23-2018, 10:57 AM
 
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One of the things that I just don't get about some of these new construction buildings, especially in the outer boros is the choice to include a "terrace" that is about a foot or two wide. You can't even put a chair out there. You have this sliding door that you open in anticipation of seeing some nice outdoor space and there's no space at all. What the heck is the point of it then? Also, these Juliet balconies where you can open up the doors and? do nothing because there's no room to even step out there. There is just a railing about a half a foot away.
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:47 PM
 
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A lot of the developers also have terrible designs and are poorly using NYC land bu I’m sure zoning plays a part.

Not really a big fan of those pencil thin new apartment buildings. Seen one on a vacant lot on Myrtle and here I’m thinking that this nice vacant land could be used to make a giant nice piece of development but nope there’s a silly pencil thin building sitting right in the middle of the land!
That has to do with NYC zoning laws. You can either do a short building using all of the land, or a tall thin one leaving some of the land unbuildable.



This is done because an average family has 8 kids per apartment and so you can have a storage area for the hay for your horse over winter.
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Old 07-23-2018, 02:19 PM
 
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Here they are in the East Bronx. I'm kind of embarrassed to say that I don't know what neighborhood this is considered-- it's off Allerton Avenue a little west of Eastchester Road. On google it's just above Pelham Gardens.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8662...7i13312!8i6656
Don't be too embarassed, a lot of Bronxites (as you know) don't even use their own neighborhood names. Or they use the wrong neighborhood names. I've heard native Bronxites refer to Valentine Ave as "Kingsbridge", presumably because Kingsbridge Road is nearby. People in Wakefield and Williamsbridge often say their neighborhood is "Gun Hill".
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Old 07-23-2018, 04:57 PM
 
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Is it a brick rowhome block?
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That's too bad. I had thought the awnings were something they used to put up that's still there. I didn't realize that the crime was still in progress.

Yes, and it's multi-family.
Sorry---I wasn't only speaking to the awnings. I was also talking about adding the metal bars everywhere: https://goo.gl/maps/RGuALZ6Wcf92
The railings, the doors, the windows---make sure you cover your entire house! (That wasn't her house but just an example of what it looks like now.)
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Old 07-23-2018, 05:48 PM
 
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Don't be too embarassed, a lot of Bronxites (as you know) don't even use their own neighborhood names. Or they use the wrong neighborhood names. I've heard native Bronxites refer to Valentine Ave as "Kingsbridge", presumably because Kingsbridge Road is nearby. People in Wakefield and Williamsbridge often say their neighborhood is "Gun Hill".
Maybe Gun Hill should become an official neighborhood. Enough people use it a one.
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Old 07-23-2018, 05:51 PM
 
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Yes, and it's multi-family.
Sorry---I wasn't only speaking to the awnings. I was also talking about adding the metal bars everywhere: https://goo.gl/maps/RGuALZ6Wcf92
The railings, the doors, the windows---make sure you cover your entire house! (That wasn't her house but just an example of what it looks like now.)
I understand. For me, the porch behind bars is the worst, followed by bars on the front door.
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Old 07-23-2018, 06:00 PM
 
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I think they did a good job with Spring Creek though!
I'm not familiar with Spring Creek. I remember when they infilled with these townhouses in East Harlem, probably in the mid to late 90s. I think these were affordable lottery housing (for ownership). It was an enormous improvement and really look pretty good.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8010...7i16384!8i8192

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Old 07-23-2018, 06:04 PM
 
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One of the things that I just don't get about some of these new construction buildings, especially in the outer boros is the choice to include a "terrace" that is about a foot or two wide. You can't even put a chair out there. You have this sliding door that you open in anticipation of seeing some nice outdoor space and there's no space at all. What the heck is the point of it then? Also, these Juliet balconies where you can open up the doors and? do nothing because there's no room to even step out there. There is just a railing about a half a foot away.
They have balconies like that in Europe too, but they don't make sense to me either. They seem more dangerous than useful.
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:03 PM
 
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Yes, and it's multi-family.
Sorry---I wasn't only speaking to the awnings. I was also talking about adding the metal bars everywhere: https://goo.gl/maps/RGuALZ6Wcf92
The railings, the doors, the windows---make sure you cover your entire house! (That wasn't her house but just an example of what it looks like now.)
Wow, that's a nice block! The chrome is ugly, but at least that's a reversible feature.

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Maybe Gun Hill should become an official neighborhood. Enough people use it a one.
I would hate that! I think Wakefield has a nice ring to it
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:05 PM
 
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I'm not familiar with Spring Creek. I remember when they infilled with these townhouses in East Harlem, probably in the mid to late 90s. I think these were affordable lottery housing (for ownership). It was an enormous improvement and really look pretty good.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8010...7i16384!8i8192
Wow, a barrel front Nehemiah home? If only the ones in The Bronx and Brownsville could look like that
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