Quaint 83rd Street Home May Become Condos

2159 83rd Street (Photo via Google Maps)
2159 83rd Street (Photo via Google Maps)

A cute yellow home on 83rd Street may soon become condos, according to new Department of Buildings filings first reported by YIMBY.

The home’s owner Michael Calabrese — who lives in Staten Island — has filed applications for a three-story, six-unit residential building at the 2159 83rd Street site.

YIMBY has more details:

The project will measure 10,080 square feet and its residential units should average 1,249 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. There will be six off-street parking spaces. Douglas Pulaski’s Brooklyn-based Bricolage Designs is the architect of record. The 60-foot-wide, 6,000-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story, multi-family house. Demolition permits were approved in July.

The original is is actually quite charming, according to old photos, available on Property Shark, if not for that giant un-groomed tree that is now obstructing it.

This application joins a slew of others that for modest Bensonhurst properties that are on track to be replaced by larger buildings containing condos, apartments, commercial and community spaces.

Got thoughts on how these new developments will impact our neighborhood’s architectural character and resources? Share ’em in the comments!

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  1. I knew the family that lived there in the 70’s. The dad had every issue of The Amazing Spider-man.

  2. The Chinese will take all 6 units. Good bye quiet neighborhood. Hello smelly fish and soggy laundry hanging out the windows.

  3. good that tree and old house is a eye saw chinese i hope will move in i live with dumb italians
    and the noise they make all day the chinese are welcome, whos else is going to move ther
    the old italians are moveing out no one else has the money the chinese are good quiet people

  4. As an Italian-American, I’m offended by both calling Italians “dumb” and for your improper use of English. You must be as dumb as you sound, goldenboy77. Here is your comment using proper grammar:

    Good. That tree and old house are an eye sore. I hope Chinese will move in. I live with dumb Italians – they make noise all day! The Chinese are welcome; who else is going to move there? The older Italians are moving out and nobody else has the money. The Chinese are good, quiet people.

  5. As a Chinese person, I find it hilarious that you actually believe the majority of people from Mainland China are quiet when you can clearly hear them 20 feet away barking away at each other while a foot apart. Trespassing onto people’s property to collect cans and cutting the recycling bags just for one can doesn’t qualify as “good people”; that’s called being selfish.

  6. It’s as though the paisans and comrades in the neighborhood don’t have up-close, but loud, conversations. It is not unique to the Chinese.

    And the bottle/can ladies are performing a vital service, returning deposit containers to the proper channels when the homeowners are too lazy to properly dispose of them. These industrious folks prevent millions of pounds of plstic and metal from being improperly discarded.

    It would only be misdemeanor trespass if the property has signs saying so, or is properly fenced. While it is technically theft to remove anything from the trash while the trash is still located on private property, once you put it on the street, or leave it in an area open to the public, it is completely legal to take stuff from the trash.

  7. Sean, when the recycling is in its proper place (since plastic and metal go in one designated can or bag), how is the home owner being lazy? The can collectors are not doing anyone a service especially when the bags are out on the street and they cut it open and just leave it. When sanitation comes, the contents spill out onto the street/sidewalk and if a DSNY supervisor comes by, the homeowner gets a ticket. How is that helping anyone?

    Signs or not, they do not care. You can have it in Chinese like I have in front of my main gate and they still come in. I’ve even asked them not to come in and their excuse is that they’re going to collect cans as if it’s a right so my patience have completely thinned out.

    Once on the street, garbage and recycling is DSNY’s property: http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/about/laws/illegal-dumping-and-theft-of-recycling-laws.shtml

    Unauthorized Removal of Garbage
    No one, other than an authorized employee or agent of DSNY, shall disturb or remove ashes, garbage, refuse (including recycling), or rubbish placed within the stoop line or in front of houses by householders, tenants, or occupants for removal by DSNY.

    Fine: $100–$300

    An another note, I do enjoy reading your comments on past articles. It’s also intriguing that you see you the good side of things while others see it as a nuisance.

  8. I didn’t say that they necessarily do it correctly or cleanly, but if the deposit bottles are in the mixed plastic, glass and metal can, it gets sent to a recycling center by the City. The City pays by the pound for that material to be sorted and recycled, so every deposit bottle that doesn’t go back to the retailer costs the taxpayers money. The only reason homeowners don’t properly return their bottles is because they are lazy. It takes very little effort to do, and it saves the taxpayers money.

    If deposit bottles are in an actual trash bag with other trash, that’s more laziness, and DSNY should be taking note and issuing fines for failure to recycle.

    I guess, if you don’t (or someone else doesn’t) want people coming on their property, that’s fine. Personally, I’ve never had a problem with these folks trying to make a living, and benefiting the community, but word must have spread in the bottle collecting community. I think they all know that I never have deposit bottles. No one had disturbed my trash in a long while.

    Thank you for the compliment. I try to see the bright side, and I give people the benefit of the doubt. I try to emulate God’s example when he told Abraham at Sodom & Gomorrah “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” When others are denigrating entire races of people, I will step up to defend the many or the few who do not exhibit those stereotypical images. In nearly every case, the good people of any race out weigh the bad ones.

  9. So Sean, you are saying the Chinese can sell the metal but the city can’t? Does that make sense to you? Maybe you should tour the facility at 29th street to see how efficiently the materials are separated — and it’s not by hand. The recycling plant has been open to the public on Open House New York weekend in the past and that is coming up again in October.

  10. I’m not saying the City can’t sell the metal. The City doesn’t sell the metal – they pay to have it taken away and recycled. Why should the stores get to keep the nickels that were “deposited” with them if those nickels could be redeemed by people who need the money? The less recycled material that goes into DSNY trucks, the less the taxpayers have to pay. It’s win-win for anyone (Chinese or otherwise) to retrieve and redeem bottles and cans that lazy people can’t be bothered to return properly.

  11. Taking any trash from curbside is not a crime. It’s a civil offense. There is a fine, but no jail time, and no criminal record created.

    If I bring scrap metal to the scrap yard on Cropsey near Home Depot, they’ll give me cash for it. When the City sends bargeloads of metal (and glass and plastic) to be recycled, the City pays by the ton to have it taken away from the sorting plant.

  12. im italian i know italians i live next door to and old italian couple the wife has been in this country for 50 years and she cant even speak one word of english if thats not dumb i dont know what is i will take the chinese over the italians any time i dont want anyting to do with the italians most of them are a bunch of guvans who think
    who they are

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