Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Massive convent in Bed-Stuy/Clinton Hill to close

I passed this huge complex on the B48 bus this morning and almost dove off to grab a photo. There's a big NYT article on the place here and it turns out it's closing. It includes a nice bit of history about the Clinton Hill neighborhood (Irish before it was Hasidic before it was African-American before it was Latino), and also issues a warning: the building is not a landmark (and if the owners are closing it, they likely won't landmark it first, since the goal is to not lose money and potential developers would rather they didn't). So check it out while you still can (there's a slide show in the article), and if you happen to be a conservation-minded real estate developer, think of some potential uses for the place, because it will probably sit empty awhile in this market.

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