Via Task Force members Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), an announcement about tomorrow’s public hearing at the Board of Standards and Appeals on Williamsburg’s eyesore “Finger Building” (shown here via Curbed):


Public Hearing, Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA)

Tuesday, July, 29th, 10:00 AM

40 Rector St., 6th Floor: Hearing Room E (Take the #1/ W/R train to Rector St. or the 4/5 trains to Wall St in Manhattan)

Join Your Neighbors! Speak out! Tell the Department of Buildings to enforce the law rather than work to ensure a windfall for a developer operating in bad faith.

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), the People’s Firehouse, and several community residents are appealing the Dept of Building’s (DoB) decision regarding the validity of the permit for the “Finger Building” (located at 144 North 8th St between N 7th and N 8th and Bedford and Berry). Although the building is 10 stories tall right now, the DoB has NOT revoked the permit that allows the developer to more than double the current height!!!

The Brooklyn DoB Commissioner wrote that the permit is valid because the architect, Robert Scarano, and the developer, Mendel Brach, “BELIEVED” they could use the neighboring roofs for the required “open space.” Yet every related legal document (easements, etc.) expressly disallows the use of those rooftops.

The bottom line is that the DOB should insure that the building complies with zoning laws rather than the beliefs of self-interested developers. RSVP NAG at 718-384-2248 to let us know you’ll be joining us. Or call us if you need more information.