Did a brief post on Kevin Bacon back in June of 2011 — he’s been living on the Upper West Side since 1976.
He recently wrote a letter to Community Board 7 expressing concern about construction of a penthouse/building extension relating to a condo conversion at 176-182 W. 82nd, which is adjacent to his apartment building at 172 W. 82nd.
First, a little background:
Last month, Community Board 7 approved a condo conversion — including the construction of a 5,500+ penthouse — at 176-182 W. 82.
According to Curbed (link above), “A couple board members of the neighboring 172 West 82nd Street were in attendance, however, and they did have a few qualms.”
The board members made it known that a) they were happy that the long-dilapidated building was being restored and hopeful that this would put an end to the rat problem, b) 176-182 had “outstanding financial obligations to our building,” and c) they were concerned about the rooftop addition blocking the sight lines from their terraces.
Flash forward to this past Thursday (10/11), when the CB 7 Preservation Committee met and the developers of 176-182 W. 82nd made a follow-up presentation with a few small changes.
CB 7 members are apparently displeased with the developer’s lack of details regarding the project, and neighbors at 172 W. 82nd still had a variety of concerns about it.
One of those neighbors is Kevin Bacon. He wasn’t able to attend the meeting, but he sent a letter in his absence.
As Curbed described it, the actor “is doing his angry Footloose dance all over his Upper West Side apartment:
To whom it may concern,
I am working this evening and unable to attend this meeting.
I have lived on the upper west side since 1976 and have seen many positive changes to the neighborhood.
While I welcome development I am concerned about the proposed extension to the roof of 176-182 west 82nd street.
First of all how will our apartment and the other apartments next door at 172 west 82nd be effected? Both during construction and afterwards. Are there issues of safety, noise, dust etc. that need to be addressed?
How will a roof extension effect the value of our apartment? It’s a major selling point being a terrace with a beautiful city scape rooftop view.
And finally how will the proposed building extension shape the character of our neighborhood?
As we all know the corridor of Amsterdam between 79th and 84th is a magical slice of NY. Mainly because the buildings are low and we all get to enjoy the sky.
I feel very strongly that we need to do our best to hold onto the character of what I consider to be the best neighborhood in NYC.
And while the roof extension may or may not be visible from the street it will surely be visible from many apartments.
So I would recommend caution moving forward on this project.
At the end of the day, this is an issue with a fairly limited scope affecting only a small number of people. Still, the residents of 172 W. 82nd are doing what residents of any other NYC building would do if faced with a similar situation and it’s interesting to see a celebrity name involved in that process (regardless of whether you agree with the stance or not).
Mr. Bacon is not alone when it comes to Hollywood actors availing themselves of the Community Board approval process.
Long time readers may remember that actor Matt Dillon was present at a CB 7 meeting back in May 2011 when Calle Ocho was seeking a liquor license for its new (at the time) location in the Excelsior Hotel (45 W. 81st).
Mr. Dillon’s apartment is nearby The Excelsior and he attended the meeting to express some concerns about the move. Calle Ocho was eventually awarded a liquor license without issue.
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