If the new silver-toned building that replaced a sweet wooden clapboard building at 159 Smith Street isn’t ugly enough in Boerum Hill, it may soon have an equally out of place neighbor.
Just recently, Rime, a sneaker store, moved out of 157 Smith Street and a construction fence was erected around its façade. A NYC Buildings Department permit indicates that this nice original old three-story brick building with a lovely cornice will soon get a vertical and horizontal extension. According to a posted drawing, it will be stripped of all its charm in the process.
According to Zillow, 157 Smith Street changed hands in 2016 for $3,750,000. That is a lot of money and one can hardly blame a new owner for wanting to maximize every inch of floor-area allowed by zoning. However, one does have to scratch one’s head as to why someone buys a beautiful old building in a charming old neighborhood just to turn it into a stark modern glass structure.